Monday, June 27, 2016

Manga Review: Blue Exorcist, Volume 15, by Kazue Kato

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shonen Jump Advanced (VIZ Media)
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Volumes: 16+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 14. 16.

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.

The operation against Professor Gedoin’s diabolical Dream Town Inari was just the opening round in the growing conflict between the Knights of the True Cross and the Illuminati. As both sides regroup and lay plans for the future, the Exwires try to come to terms with what has happened. Though Izumo finds some peace and a new sense of purpose, serious questions about Renzo Shima’s betrayal still need to be answered. It’s not an easy thing for Rin and his friends to learn that they have become pawns in Mephisto’s schemes, but the game is on!


Now that Izumo is safe again, the gang is trying to recover from everything. Everyone is still gathering information from what happened and what was revealed. We’re finding out more about the Illuminati and what they want. The biggest reveal, though, is what Shima was actually doing and who he’s actually working for.
Shima is a double agent, only at this point it’s hard to figure out who he actually is working for and who he’s betraying. I don’t like him, and I don’t trust him. Thankfully, most of the gang agrees with this, and I appreciate that they beat him up a bit.
Izumo is still recovering from what happened. She finds out where her sister is. And now that all of that is past, she is able to finally let herself grow close to her classmates. She doesn’t have to keep them at a distance anymore.
This is getting messy. But I’m quite enjoying it. I really like the gang of characters here, in particular.

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

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