I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.
Well, that was depressing. I mean, it could have been worse. I'm super thankful that Ono hasn't killed everyone off, and I'm sure a happy continuation of Tai's story is possible. But right now Tai is still pretty screwed. Here's hoping that forthcoming Twelve Kingdoms book is about Tai.
And, as always, I send out my wish for a license rescue. Yen Press? VIZ? Some other company? You can do it!