Monday, December 19, 2016

Manga Review: Blue Exorcist, Volume 16, by Kazue Kato

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shonen Jump Advanced (VIZ Media)
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Volumes: 17+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 15. 17.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Rin Okumura and the exorcist students of True Cross Academy are caught up in a secret war to save the world from the forces of darkness.

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 surge of demonic activity around the world has the highest levels of the Knights of the True Cross worried. An important meeting at the Vatican will have serious effects on the lives of Rin and his Exwire friends. Back at True Cross Academy, the students get a sense that something is brewing with the arrival of an unexpected and definitely unconventional new instructor! Meanwhile, Yukio struggles to understand the strange fire in his eyes, a fire he has kept secret from everyone. Can he confront the flames inside him alone or will it consume him?


It's been a while since the last volume.
Everyone is going through something in this volume. Everyone is still getting used to having Shima around again, with his new status. It's really weird how normal they're mostly acting with him, after everything.
Bon is trying to step up his skills, and becomes Lightning's apprentice, though he ends up being more a manager or assistant than anything, it seems. Yukio is acting weird to everyone and disappearing a lot, because he's trying to figure out this demon part of himself. It's hard to watch him, and I wish he would start to confide a little in his friends or at least in Rin.
The most surprising to me, was the scene between Rin and Shiemi. There's kind of, maybe, a confession here? And innocent Shiemi just has no idea how to handle it. I feel bad for Rin, a little, because I'm not sure that she's ever thought of him like that, if she's even thought of Yukio in that specific way. Poor guy.
This series is always fun to read. I should probably give the anime a try as well.
On a side note, just a funny story that I have. I brought this book to work with me, not thinking anything of it. And a friend looked it over and noticed the bath scene it has in it. He accused me of bringing a “sexy” book with me to read at work. It was hilarious to me, because this is quite an innocent book in that way. It has a normal shonen-y bath scene in it, that's all. No sexy stuff here.
A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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