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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Eight, by Yana Toboso

In volume eight of Kuroshitsuji, the circus arc ends. We open with Beast and the rest of team discovering that the Phantomhive servants serve as an eerily effective line of defense. Mae-Lin is a sniper, Finnie has super strength and seems fairly indestructible and Bardroy is an artillery expert. Even Tanaka has a remarkably terrifying side to him. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Blue Exorcist Volume Seven, by Kazue Kato

In volume seven of Blue Exorcist, the Impure King arc continues. It turns out that Mamushi Hojo is the traitor, and working with Hojo. She seems to be under the impression that they are taking the eyes to a safer place. Todo’s actual plan is to awaken the Impure King, which Mamushi finds out much too late to do anyone any good. The reason why he wants to seems to be to flush out Tatsuma and steal his familiar Kurakara. He does this successfully and runs off. (Some part of Kurakara stays with Tatsuma, which was slightly confusing.) Tatsuma’s familiar is a demon whose contracts depend on deception and secrecy. (This is why Tatsuma has been so avoidant and secretive.) Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Seven, by Yana Toboso

Kuroshitsuji volume seven was almost a deal breaker for me. This is not to say that it was a terrible volume, only that this is one of the more horrifying story arcs. After this arc ended I had to take a hiatus from the series and considered not keeping up with it at all, I was that affected by the arc and the ending. I am trigger warning for abuse, murder, a kid having some fairly sever post traumatic stress, and some extremely creepy and very disturbing stalker behavior.  Continue reading

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Manga Review: Blue Exorcist Volume Six, by Kazue Kato

Blue Exorcist volume six opens with a collection of hangovers. (I am still wondering how it is possible to not realize that you are drinking alcohol.) Renzo Shima is extremely friendly with Rin, much to the dismay of Konekomaru, who is still terrified of Rin. Renzo points out that Rin is actually a good person, and there is no reason to be standoffish toward him. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Blue Exorcist Volume Five, by Kazue Kato

Blue Exorcist volume five opens with a dangerous hostage situation and a stolen Magical Doohickey. The magical item in question is “The Left Eye of the Impure King.” The entire situation turns out to be a feint of some kind and it turns out one of the Order Operatives has become a black hat and the Magical Doohickey is now long gone. Mephisto turns up to tell Yukio and Rin that they are going to be going with the group looking for the Left Eye. He also reports that there had also been an attempt on The Right Eye of the Impure King. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Nine, Julietta Suzuki

Kamisama Kiss Volume Nine opens with Tomoe asking what Nanami and Mikage had been talking about. Since they had been talking about Tomoe, Nanami is understandably evasive. Next we see that the convention has come to a close. Okuninushi, the kami of the shrine where the convention took place tells Nanami that she did a good job. Nanami takes the opportunity to ask Okuninushi if it is wrong for a human and a yokai to be in love. Okuninushi tells her that if the relationship is something that can end if he says “no,” then their relationship wouldn’t have lasted very long to begin with. (Nanami also asks about the competition that had been arranged between her and Kayako. Okininushi assures Nanami that he actually admires Kayako very much, and intends to visit her!) Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Eight, Julietta Suzuki

In Volume Eight of Kamisama Kiss, Nanami finds herself in the land of the dead. She’s told by the kami in charge of the land of the dead that she is free to leave, but the human who came with her must stay. The kami also lets Nanami know that the “human” is in fact a demon hiding out inside a human body. (The kami of the underworld however does not identify the demon, who is Akura-oh.) Nanami is therefore extremely clueless and does not know that the demon inhabiting Kirihito is actually kind of homicidal, so she decides to stay in the underworld to rescue him. Continue reading

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