Monday, December 11, 2017

Manga Review: Blue Exorcist, Volume 17, by Kazue Kato

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shonen Jump Advanced (VIZ Media)
Release Date: July 2017
Volumes: 20+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 16. 18.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Rin and his exorcist classmates are caught in a secret war against 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.
Shura Kirigakure has always been one of Rin and Yukio s most trusted friends and mentors, but her past is a mystery. When Shura suddenly goes missing, Mephisto sends Rin and Yukio to the cold and wintry north to find her. The journey is a chance for the brothers to talk over recent events, and try to sort out where things stand between them. Out in the frozen countryside, Shura reaches her destination, and a meeting with an entity who will impose an ancient curse upon her "


This volume focuses solely on Shura, pretty much. She's disappeared to her hometown, and so Rin and Yukio have been sent to help her. Rin and Yukio are already on uneven ground, because Yukio has been acting weird, and Rin is trying to find out why.
But then they find Shura, and realize she's dealing with a long-standing agreement with a demon. She's at the point where she is supposed to fulfill her part, and she's trying to refuse it while realizing that she doesn't really have a choice. Of course, Rin and Yukio have their own idea of how to deal with it.
I honestly did not really care about this arc. For some reason I don't really find Shura that interesting? I do like Yukio and Rin's relationship, and I liked seeing that grow. I don't mind Shura, though, and I liked seeing when she was a kid with Fujimoto. She has an interesting backstory.
This series has seemed to stray a little from the main plot line, but I'm not really sure where it's going at this point. I'm still liking it, though.

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