This is my 200th post… ok, that was random.
Release date: August 15, 2006 (2004 in Japan, I think)
Publisher: Viz Media
Format: Print (from library, but I’m hoping to buy my own copy of all of the books in this series soon, maybe the omnibus)
Type: Manga (in most cases these are read from right-to-left)
Age Group: 13+
Pages: 190 (188 not counting extras)
Source for Synopsis: back of book
Challenge: (personal) 2012 Reading Challenge, The 50 Book Pledge, Support Your Library Challenge 2012
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.
The governing body of kekkaishi, the secretive shadow organization, sends a young tough kid named Gen to help patrol Karasumori and protect it from the increasing numbers of ayakashi sprits. But Yoshimori isn’t about to sit down and let this punk move in on his territory. It’s a kekkai super showdown! Who has the stronger barrier barrier magic?!
I forgot to look for some when I was reading this book, I finished it so quickly that I realized this when I got to the last few chapters of this book.
Yoshimori: “Hey Madarao. You’re still alive?”
Madarao: “What a nasty thing to say!” -Page 26-27
Tokine: “First of all, I don’t think it’s impossible…
And wwhat’s the point if you get hurt in the process?
It’ll all be for nothing.
So stop trying to handle everything by yourself. I’ll do what I can to help…” -Page 35
Aw, Tokine really cares a lot about Yoshimori, they’re such a cute couple, even though they aren’t a couple yet.
Yoshimori (talking about Gen): “…I’ll kill him.”
One of Yoshi’s friends: “He says he’s going to kill him!”
The other friend: “Don’t worry, eighty to ninety percent of murderous desires never get acted on.”
The same first friend: “How about the remaining percentage?!” -Page 117
Wow, I never really thought about it before.
Magic: Yes (they have barrier making powers, I think they call it manipulating space and dimensions, something like that, I don’t remember, but I consider it to be magic)
Romance: (This one’s kind of hard to say) So far, there isn’t much romance, although it’s obvious that Yoshimori likes Tokine, and I think she likes him that way too.
Action: 4 stars
Pacing: 4 stars
Plot: 4 stars
Drawings/Art: 4 stars
This volume starts with where the last one ended, right after Yoshimori eliminated the feather demons, and the aftermath of the battle.
The demon dogs start to sense something weird and of course Yoshi decides to go after whatever it is. The guy he’s chasing, barely manages to escape, and then Tokine and their demon dogs meet up and discuss what they know so far and what they need to find out about this new type of ayakashi. Tokine finally gets Yoshimori to blurt out the truth about what he’s planning on doing and she says that she wants to help. Then we see what ahppens to that mysterious ayakashi who Yoshimori was fighting a little while ago and it is also shown who’s the boss, some of his creepy powers, and that the guy who came to Karasumori in the last volume was just a pawn being used to research the place.
The next day, there’s a new student and he’s making a big commotion, which alerts Yoshimori and Tokine (plus they sense negative energy) and they get suspicious that he might be working with the demon from the other night. Yoshimori sends a few shikigami’s to go find him, who keeps destroying his shikigami’s, it’s obvious that he’s trying to get Yoshimori’s attention, who finally finds him, they fight, and he says his name is Gen Shishio. He says that Yoshimori is incompetent and that he’s surprised that he’s Masamori’s brother. (I hate it when people quickly judge people right away, when they don’t know much about the other person, it happens a lot in real life too). He then reveals that he’s a member of the Night Troops that is part of the Shadow Organization and that he was sent by Masamori to help the kekkaishi protect the Karasumori area. Yoshimori’s angry about this and he already hates Gen (again with the hasty judgement, then again, how could anyone not hate a guy like that?).
Meanwhile, Yoshimori’s grandpa visits an old friend named Heisuke Matsudo, who is a seventy year old retired university professor and an ayakashi freak (I’m not sure what other word to use besides freak), which also makes him really eccentric and a few other things once you look at his house. They discuss the man-skin that Yoshimori found from the battle with the unusual ayakashi.
That night when Yoshimori and Tokine leave for their job, Gen has gotten there firsta nd has already destroyed the ayakashi, this makes Yoshimori even more angry, obviously Gen doesn’t fit in well with the two kekkaishi.
The next night, Gen talks to Masamori on his cell phone and asks him why he sent him there, Masamori replies,
“There are several reasons…
I just thought… you’d get along well with Yoshimori.”
After watching Yoshimori fight, Gen understands what Masamori meant by him having more in common with Yoshimori. Eventually, the three of them work together to defeat a fast spinning demon called Okubiguruma (big-headed wheel), at first they have difficulty, but then Yoshimori finally catches him and asks him what he meant by what he said earlier, the ayakashi says that he will get a reward if he kills the kekkaishis that are protecting the Karasumori area, then of course, Yoshimori eliminates the ayakashi. Then Yoshimori, Tokine, and Gen talk about what they now know about the new enemy and what the reward could be. Yoshimori and Tokine also find out that Gen is a half ayakashi and that he can control himself at the Karasumori site.
This volume ends with that strange Byaku guy that we saw a few chapters before, and he’s talking to a mysterious lady and says that he will do whatever it takes to take over the Karasumori site for her, which means that she must his master or something.
I don’t know if I like or hate Gen yet, it’s too early to tell. But I like that Gen’s character brings out more of Yoshimori’s personality and it is fun to watch them interact with each other. It’s obvious that there is more to Gen than meets the eye.
After I finish a few volumes, I watch those anime episodes just to see how those scenes look and any manga is always more funnier when it’s animated, especially Kodocha.
Overall, I like this manga more and more. I’m getting really curious about the area Karasumori (I know I say that sentence in every Kekkaishi review, but I’m even more curious now), and I’m also more curious about Masamori’s intentions as well, what’s he really up to? Oh well, I’ll just have to wait and see.
I’m not sure if I should review every book I read in this series or just some of them yet, I keep thinking that maybe I should review just some of the volumes, I don’t know yet, we’ll see.
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