Monday, December 15, 2014

Manga Review: Blue Exorcist, Volume 1, by Kazue Kato

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shonen Jump Advanced (VIZ Media)
Release Date: 2011
Volumes: 13+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth – the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin’s veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. Can Rin fight demons and keep his infernal bloodline a secret? It won't be easy, especially when drawing his father’s sword releases the demonic power within him!
Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for audiences T+.


After reading Kato’s short story collection, Time Killers, I was really looking forward to picking up her full series. I was impressed with that book, and interested in reading this series. I had almost picked it up a few times before, but I’m glad I finally got to it.
We’re thrown into the story pretty quickly. We meet Rin, who’s not going to school or working, and is living with Father Fujimoto, along with his twin brother. And then we find out who Rin’s real father is, along with a surprising reveal about Rin and his brother. Which is how the exorcist ordeal gets thrown in, us finding things out along with Rin, about himself and the world.
There’s some humor here, but mostly a lot of frustration and hurt that needs worked through. I like Rin, and what he’s decided to do about himself and his father. His brother seems interesting, and I also know that there are a bunch of other characters yet to be met, so I’m looking forward to that.
The story throws us in pretty quickly, and now there’s a lot of things to develop and grow and expand on.
I have a bit of this series still to catch up on, and I’m excited to do so.
Also, I was surprised to see a color page at the beginning of the volume. It was very pretty.

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