i tell c Chapter 13: Taking Your Heart – Jump Time

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The beginning of a new week can only mean one thing: time for new Weekly Shonen Jump! This is where Jacob investigates the latest and greatest in the magazine, telling you what’s worth your time and what’s not. You can find coverage of other series under the tag Jump Time. Here’s i tell c chapter 13.

After completely changing the status quo a couple of chapters back, i tell c appears to have settled into a more or less straightforward mystery/crime case structure. That’s not such a bad thing considering that chapter 7 saw some truly baffling narrative developments that dropped several balls far too early, but i tell c chapter 13 is definitely a lot more charming: mostly thanks to a new antagonist, phantom thief ‘maR.’

Truth be told, maR was already introduced last week, but i tell c chapter 13 sees the newly established i Investigation Division dealing with the phantom thief’s direct challenge to them: waltzing straight into their office and brazenly displaying her face, she hands Aioi a bomb and declares that successfully escaping from enemy territory would cause her ‘beautiful deviation value’ to skyrocket. She’s a strange one, that’s for sure.

Screenshot from i tell c Chapter 13
Pretty sure that’s not road safe, Sakon.

Even better than maR’s outlandish personality and obsession with beauty is the fact that i tell c chapter 13 quickly pivots to a car chase, despite the chief’s offer to use his bicycle. Jumping into the truck that maR is using to escape requires some expert driving from Aioi (who may or may not have her license) and gives Sakon a moment to shine. That’s rare, considering just how much Aioi (and now maR) tend to dominate the proceedings.

In theory, i tell c chapter 13 sounds like a pretty good time with plenty of twists and turns for your entertainment. Yet, I couldn’t shake the feeling that the whole thing was moving a bit too fast: in comparison to the similarly vehicular-themed Sakamoto Days chapter 20, it doesn’t spend enough time exploring the mechanics of the car chase or how maR manages to get the upper hand.

The scene at the very end, with Sakon meeting one of Aioi’s mysterious ‘friends,’ also makes it pretty clear that i tell c chapter 13 is just trying to move the story along so it can get to the maR heist proper and introduce even more characters along the way. Is this a good sign or a bad one? I don’t really know, but one thing’s for sure: this series isn’t out of the woods just yet.

You can read i tell c chapter 13 for free via VIZ Media.

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