Superior Cross continues where Superior left off giving us the ending to the series. With the hero Exa on his journey to kill the demon lord, however she has been journeying with him the entire trip and has fallen in love with him as well. Naturally this brings about numerous heavy themes and a fantastic setup.
When I first began reading Superior I fell in love with the main character Sheila. Since she is the Demon Lord she has killed off half of humanity however she is portrayed instead of simply a villain as more of a victim of circumstance. She is constantly conflicted as
when the Hero find out who she is she will have to kill him since he must kill the demon lord. This provides very interesting themes as to happiness and holding onto it even though it may be a lie and could end at any moment. As well as does she deserve to be happy? Does a tragic past excuse someone of the crimes they have committed? These questions can be debated for hours and that is what makes a great theme. However this manga has one gaping flaw.
It is the fact that this manga is a shounen above everything else. Instead of continuing with these fantastic themes and this well laid base for a tragedy. This manga abandons all of that and pushes itself to a stereotypical shounen. Where friendship conquers all and despite characters that are completely evil they perform a complete turn around as to what their characters believe simply to suit what the author wants.
One positive thing I should mention that holds through is the art, I do love the art of this manga. Especially Seiya's design.
All in all despite having a great start this manga is a victim of its own shounen demographic. It abandons a great character and great themes to simply become a standard shounen like Buso-renkin. And in many ways, that is even worse then simply a poorly written story in my eyes