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Feb 23 2012

Kekkaishi Volume 2 by Yellow Tanabe


Release date: August 9, 2005 (2004 in Japan)
Publisher: Viz Media
Format: Print (from library, but I’m hoping to buy my own copy soon, maybe the omnibus)
Type: Manga (in most cases these are read from right-to-left)
Age Group: 13+
Pages: 178 (165 not counting extras)
Source for Synopsis: back of book
Challenge: (personal) 2012 Reading Challenge, The 50 Book Pledge, Support Your Library Challenge 2012

Series

By night, junior high student Yoshimori Sumimura is a “kekkaishi” – a demon-hunter who specializes in creating magical barriers around his prey. By day, Yoshimori’s got some other demons to battle: an addiction to sweets and a seriously crotchety grandfather! Yoshimori’s pretty 16-year-old neighbour and childhood friend, Tokine Yukimura, is also a kekkaishi, but their families are feuding over who is the true practitioner of the art.

Volume 2

I’m not going to include the volume 2 synopsis here, because it has a spoiler, although if you’ve seen many animes and shows that are mysteries or something, then you’ll be able to guess right away when you read the first chapter in this volume, like I did.


    Some Quotes

Couldn’t find anything to include here. (Forgot to look for some when I was reading this book, I finished it so quickly that I realized this when I finished reading this book, and I don’t feel like skimming through it right now).

    Review

This is the second book in the Kekkaishi series. I read and finished this yesterday.

Sex: No
Gore: No
Magic: Yes (they have barrier making powers and some kind of exploding power, which I consider to be magic)

Romance: (This one’s kind of hard to say) So far, there isn’t much romance, especially since this is still the beginning of the series and there are thirty something volumes total in this series, although you can tell that Yoshimori at least likes Tokine, not sure how she feels about him yet.
Action: 4.5 stars (there is a lot of action)
Pacing: 4 stars
Plot: 4 stars
Drawings/Art: 4 stars


A few of the things that I loved about this book was the plot. I enjoy reading books about demon fighting and magic, so it’s only natural that I would end up reading this series and liking it. Plus, I like the characters too, and I liked this volume better than the first one, I usually always like the second books better than the first ones in many series, I think it’s because the first book/volume are usually mostly setting up the story and introducing the major characters.

Warning, Spoilers

Volume 2 has chapters 8-16 in it.
Chapters 8-13 are about Yomi and also about Tokine’s father, chapter 8 also answers the question (a bit) of where Yoshimori’s mom is, I didn’t think that my questions would be solved this early in the series.

(In chapters 8-13) In the beginning there is a flashback of when Tokine was a little kid and she asked her did if she could go demon hunting with him, but he said that she’s too young right now. Then, Tokine and Yoshimori are in the school hallway, school is over for the day, and they’re talking about humen’s with unusual powers, and then Tokine starts talking about Yoshimori’s mom (she’s a jutsusha, I wonder what that is, maybe some kind of spell caster), then she asks him how his mother is and he says that he doesn’t because she comes home sometimes, but doesn’t stay long. Then, a mysterious girl named Yomi shows up at Tokine’s house saying that she was sent by the shadow organization to stay with them. Tokine’s grandmother is surprised but lets her stay. Soon after, Tokine comes home and Yomi starts talking about Tokine’s dad, then Tokine has a flashback of when her dad died, it looked like this incident changed her a lot and for the better.

That night, Yoshimori and Tokine are at the school looking for demons (as usual), Tokine’s acting strange, and Yoshimori tries to make her feeel better when they both sense a demon, but when they go look for it they find Yomi instead, (coincidence? Not really). She suggests that they have tea and is prepared with cups and everything (who has tea outside at night? Then again, this is a manga and I’ve see and read about weirder things before).
The next night, Yoshimori shows up before Tokine does, and Yomi there’s too, they have tea again and this time she brought some japanese sweets. Yoshimori asks Yomi if she could stop talking about Tokine’s father (wow, Yoshimuri and Tokine are close, since he could tell right away that something was bothering her), after that he tries one of Yomi’s sweets and passes out. Then Tokine comes, Yoshimori’s not there anymore and we find out that Yomi is actually a demon tamer and that she and her demon Yoki are going to conquer Karasumori. Tokine finds out what happened to Yoshimori and she’s worryed and keeps asking where he is, then Yomi says that she actually hated Tokine’s father and just when Tokine’s about to be squashed, Yoshimori comes flying out of nowhere and saves Tokine.

Tokine doesn’t have much energy left to fight, and she has a plan, so she tells Yoshimori what her plan is and that’s what they do.
Yomi remembers when she and Yoki were little and how people always made fun of them, saying that they were slow and weak, which is why she wants him to become stronger so badly. Yoki keeps on getting stronger and to Yomi’s suprise, he says that he doesn’t need her anymore. Yoshimori tells Yomi that he has to deal with Yoki, but he won’t kill him. Yoshimori and Yoki are fighting. And then two men from the night troops from the shadow organization (they came to arrest Yomi), Yoshimori’s grandpa, and Tokine’s grandma show up.The two mysterious men start attacking Yoki (poor Yomi, she loves Yoki so much). Yoshimori is a really sweet person, even though he’s willing to kill demons and it’s his job, he knows that some deserve to live even though they’re a bad. He saves a piece of Yoki and gives it Yomi, Yoki restored himself but now he’s so tiny (I’m not exactly sure if that’s what happened or something else did) and Yomi is very happy.

In chapters 15 and 16, at the Karasumori school, there are cherry blossoms blooming even though it’s almost winter, which is unusual. We are introduced to a new character who’s name is Yurina Kanda and she can see ghosts, although she can’t tell the difference between ghosts and the living. She sees a ghost outside and then she sees Yoshimuri talking to that ghost and she starts thinking about how strange it is. She overhears him talking to that ghost again and saying that he will terminate her and had a creepy look on his face. Yurina starts wondering what he is and if he’s even human. She shows up at night at the school because she and her friends made plans to, and she won’t go away, so now they have to protect her while they’re fighting demons. Tokine and Yoshimori didn’t know that she could see ghosts until after the battle and she finds out that those two aren’t actually bad people. The next day, the cherry blossoms are completely gone.

Those are the major incidents of this volume, of course more happened, but I don’t want to bore you with all of the details.

Overall, I like this manga, it’s not one of my most favourites yet because it’s still to early to tell, but you never know, although as I said before, I like this volume better than the first one, the story’s developing and getting more interesting. I’m getting really curious about the area Karasumori.

This ended up being a longer review than I thought, sorry about that.

If you want to read more reviews about this book, go to Goodreads and read the reviews in the comment section or go to other websites.

I rated this book: 4.5 stars. (I didn’t make any half star pictures yet, but I might soon).

If you read this book, then tell me what you thought about it and or the series. Tell me in the comments section.

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Nazish is the blogger of Nazish Reads, which is obvious because of the name of the blog, she is currently 20 years old (on Nov. 4) and lives in Southern Ontario, Canada. She has been blogging for about three years, but started book blogging since August 2011, and loves to make websites (since she was 11), and she loves reading books, this obsession started since she was in the second year of high school. Nazish enjoys reading many different genres of fiction books (self help books once in a while), especially and mostly: paranormal, fantasy, mysteries, urban fantasy, mangas, etc. She loves talking about books and spreading the word about her favourite books and authors.

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