Undead Unluck Chapter 49: Turning Point – Jump Time

Screenshot from Undead Unluck Chapter 49

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 Undead Unluck chapter 49.

In both a figurative and literal sense, Undead Unluck chapter 49 is a turning point. Figuratively, it is the beginning of the Autumn arc proper after an extensive flashback sequence exploring Andy’s past, but also literally as the timeline diverges from Anno-Un’s prior knowledge and embarks on an entirely new course. Seeing where things go from here will be interesting, to say the least.

Before we get to that, we should probably do a bit of catching up. Last time we featured the series, it was when we uncovered the reasons behind Victor’s actions: his love for Juiz and desire to stop her from repeating the same mistakes. Similarly, the chapters immediately following this explored Anno-Un’s past, showing how he became aware of his power Unknown and the tragic story resulting from therein. Needless to say, he’s a pretty great character, and not just because he’s basically Kishibe Rohan.

Undead Unluck chapter 49 then gets off to a pretty bombastic start as we uncover the back story of Sean Datz or Unseen, just as the top half of his body is being removed from the bottom. Honestly, this is something that could come straight out of a Quentin Tarantino movie, and although it only lasts for a single page, I’m in love with it.

Screenshot from Undead Unluck Chapter 49

Moving on, Undead Unluck chapter 49 then explores the back story of RIP or Unrepair, or at least a part of it. As it turns out, the reason he’s working for Under is to get his hands on Ark, the artefact that can survive the end of the world that Juiz has been using to continue building the Union all this time, so that he can go back and save his partner Latla’s sister, Leila. Even so, Anno-Un is fairly confident that he won’t be able to ride it, which pours cold water on his grand plans.

As you might be able to tell, although Undead Unluck chapter 49 positions itself as both a literal and figurative turning point in the story, it doesn’t do an awful amount of plot development. Instead, it’s mostly contained to explaining the back stories of several supporting characters, some of which are more entertaining than others.

Is this necessarily a bad thing? Not really, but only as long as Undead Unluck uses this exposition to good effect. To be honest, I’ve been waiting for Yoshifumi Tozuka to show me what they can really do for a while, ever since the bombastic reveals of the early series. I’m hoping that the next couple of chapters, now that we’re into the Autumn arc proper, can finally do this.

You can read Undead Unluck chapter 49 for free via VIZ Media.

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