Manga Review: Frieren at the Funeral

Details: Currently ongoing. Also known as Sousou no Frieren and 葬送のフリーレン

Score: 7/10

Frieren at the Funeral is a bittersweet fantasy story about an ageless elf who watches the world age after her and a party of heroes have defeated the demon lord.

The story takes place in a fantasy world of monsters, magic and kingdoms. A group of four heroes has finally defeated the evil demon lord and return to live their lives in peace. Among them is an elf whose life span can range in the hundreds of years. Ever alone and aloof, the elf goes on a journey alone, but returns decades later. She now reminisces about the nostalgic memories of her old comrades while going on a new journey of her own.

The story is sweet, but sad. It follows a commonly used manga trope where a character outlives all of the people they love and must deal with the loneliness of being alone. It’s similar to the movie Highlander or any story about immortality really. Like in those stories, the old characters pass and the immortal character must continue on, interacting and reacting to the new world before them.

This comic doesn’t really get too far into the action side of things, nor does it get to emotionally extreme. Instead, it takes a relatively tranquil path of just small character moments where the characters realize something about themselves and the people around them. Part of what contributes to that is that the protagonist, is already extremely powerful and almost nothing poses a threat to her. We get to go on this journey from her perspective, which is one that feels little danger and just observes and learns from the world.

The art is pretty good.

Overall, this was a good read and I will continue to enjoy it.

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