I'm not going to write a full review for this, since I've already done that a couple times and don't have much new to say. Instead, here's this quick thing:
Just finished my most recent reread of this book. It's both one of my top favorite books in this series and one of my favorite books period. I consider it a comfort read, even though the "comfort" is a little muffled by the knowledge that the book's happy ending turns sour really quickly in the series' timeline. During this reread, I realized that I really connect with Taiki's feelings of self-doubt. I also found myself more angry at Gyoso than I was during past readings of this book.
Not long after admitting to the oracles that he was worried about Taiki's future since Taiki was so riddled with self-doubt and couldn't consciously access his tremendous power, he decided he'd give up his sagehood, leave Tai, and become a mercenary. He was too ashamed of the fact that he hadn't been declared the new king to stick around, even though he'd have been a great help to Taiki and his future king.
Taiki had some serious weaknesses, but I'd argue that Gyoso did too, even though they weren't as obvious.
What my reading dates look like for this book so far:
Lol. I haven't checked, but I suspect that 2015 might have been the year I reread my hardcover copy rather than this one, my paperback copy, so it's pretty much been a reread a year for a while. (As usual with these Tokyopop editions, I highly recommend reading the paperback versions if you can, because there are fewer errors. If I remember right, this is the book where they accidentally used the wrong pronouns for one of the kirin.)
I was wondering how things were going to go back and suspected it might be the most obvious way - and it was. Things had to get a lot worse before they'd get better, and there's an interesting time-travel type paradox that is glossed over (if things go back to the way they were before Vic got hold of the horn: why does he remember what happened after he got it since he wouldn't know before he got hold of the horn) but even this wasn't enough to knock off even half a star. It was a plot hole that helped the narrative.
Also, mention of Robotman, which yay!
This was part of the reason I got the Humble Bundle, so, yeah, I really wanted to love this. I love the author, I read the first issue and thought it was amusing. The non-stop puns get old after a while. I thought this was super clever, but it felt like a one-trick pony after a while, and I lost interest.
So, I won't continue with this series.