Sunday, April 17, 2016

Manga Review: Twin Star Exorcists: Onmyoji, Volume 4, by Yoshiaki Sukeno

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Volumes: 8+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3. 5.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Rokuro is from a family of exorcists, but he’d rather be a singer, a soccer player or anything but an exorcist! He’s forced to own up to his own incredible potential when new arrival Benio stirs his competitive spirit. But their rivalry gets a twist when they earn the prestigious title of “Twin Star Exorcists”— two supreme fighters fated to marry and birth the ultimate spiritual warrior!

Benio and Rokuro must work together to wield the Resonance Attack against Benio’s own long-lost brother! Then, when Benio is gravely injured, the Basara who killed her parents offers her a terrible option…


I missed a couple volumes, but this was still interesting to read. Since I’ve read the first one, I at least knew some things about it.
The twin stars begin a battle with Benio’s evil brother. The two have very little time before the battle begins, but they train hard. Rokuro is still new to being an exorcist, much more than Benio, but he tries hard, and he is strong. Still, Yuto is a stronger opponent.
The battle is violent. It’s really bad, and really cruel, more than I expected. But that also led up to a surprising change for Benio. I liked her decision, both her reason for making it and the way it turned out. It was risky, but I think it was for the better, really.
I’m surprised with how strong the bond between Benio and Rokuro is. I didn’t think that their fate of being married would actually progress into something very fast, but it’s clear that even if they’re fighting their fate, they do like each other and trust each other as partners. I like that. Their banter is cute, too. The humor is pretty good in this series, the moments it’s used when not serious.
This is a surprisingly enjoyable series to read. I can see why it was picked up, and kind of wouldn’t mind reading more, even if I don’t love the battles.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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