The World After the Fall Volumes 3 and 4 Review • Anime UK News

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After Jaehwan’s spirit smashed through the replica of the Tower of Nightmare, he ended up in Chaos, the trunk of the Tree of Illusions. He must climb the tree to reach the top where the Tower of Nightmare is located. The first order of business is to clean up the mess in Gorgon Fortress.

Thanks to his skills and his ability to copy Doctor Cheongheo’s Fiend Slash, the only way to stop a soul corruption in Chaos, Jaehwan attracts the attention of the fortress higher-ups. Gorgon Fortress’s lord is in danger, and only Jaehwan’s power might stop the lord’s transformation into a fiend. If the spirit’s purity is not maintained regularly, it will become corrupted, and turn into a fiend. However, not everyone is happy with his powers as the lord’s corruption was part of a plan to take over Gorgon Fortress.

Jaehwan’s only option is to stop the lord and fight the betrayers, but to do this he must kill him. Unfortunately, as a Sovereign took over the lord’s body, there is no way to purify him. Thankfully, the lord regains his consciousness just before disappearing. He then grants Jaehwan the power to rule Gorgon Fortress and turns him into the new Lord.

As Jaehwan couldn’t care less for his new position, he declares that whoever wins against him in a fight will become the new lord. If instead they lose, they’ll become part of the new Abyss Expedition that Jaehwan is putting together. The mission is to get the fruits for revival so that the soul can be revived by eating them. It’s not the first time that Chaos inhabitants have taken part of it, but the previous time, the beings sitting higher on the Tree of Illusion took advantage of them, leaving nothing but despair in their wake.

The sects’ heads in Chaos can’t miss this opportunity, and one by one, start attacking him… and of course losing. They are not sufficient. Jaehwan, in order to find more soulpower (since only souls can live in Chaos), starts a tournament with the position of Lord of the Fortress as the grand prize. And so, the game begins.

Volumes 3 and 4, which provide a lot more clarity, are also available. The World After the FallVolume 2 has a lot more information about Chaos and its inhabitants. In previous volumes words like sect, fortress and adapted were used, but there wasn’t an explanation. Now we can see that the souls of those people who died within the Great Realm live in Chaos: on the branches of Tree of Illusion. Chaos is made up of four fortresses and its inhabitants have formed sects that fight to be the best. The ten sects are ranked according to their power. The sects’ heads have less power than the four lords governing Chaos’s  fortresses and so they wish to gain authority in the fortresses. There are also souls with special abilities, and their power level depends on the degree to which they have adapted Chaos. But, there are also people like Cheongeo and Jaehwan who have awakened—they refused the fabric of this world and went above the limits that the world set for them.

So far in the story the reader has had to piece together the information that the characters mention, sometimes just in passing, but the more the story progresses, the more we can get a clear picture of what’s going on and how this world is set up. There is still a lot we need to learn, such as who the monarchs and sovereigns are or why Jaehwan’s being hunted down by the higher-ups of the Tree of Illusion. This series is still action-packed and we can expect Jaehwan will get involved in more fights.

The covers for The World After the FallThe cover for Volume 4 is the same, but the spot UV (the shiny portion) has been added to the title and certain elements of the illustration. The cover for Volume 4 has the same, but on my copy the spot UV hasn’t been aligned properly on the illustrations on the spine and front and back covers: a printing issue. I’m not sure if my volume was a one-off and so it got missed among the rest of the covers printed or if the full print run had issues.

The World After the Fall is written by singNsong, illustrated by Undead Gamja and adapted by S-Cynan. Volume 5 of the printed edition is scheduled for release in February 2024, but digital chapters can be found at Webtoon.

Diamond Book Distributors UK provided our review copies of Ize Press.

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