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Posted July 30, 2013
If you wonder just how much someone can draw and write about baths, you might feel in the first few chapters of this second book that you have an answer. The power of hot water reaches its silliest taming bandits and protecting the Roman Empire. So perhaps it is very fortunate that the English release is in omnibus format so readers do not have to wait for the stronger chapters. Yamazaki seems aware of the length she has taken the series to and smartly shifts the formula a little. While spending more time on Japan would seem to only increase an idea of its superiority, in contrast this allows Yamazaki to express obviously, that Ancient Rome was an amazing and admirable civilization with a legacy and awe still present in modern times. The introduction of less disposable new characters also returns the humor that made the story so fun to read. Presented in over sized format with a dust cover and cultural notes Thermae Romae is an excellent addition to any graphic novel library.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.