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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Eleven, Julietta Suzuki

Buy on Amazon.Volume eleven of Kamisama Kiss opens with a slight misunderstanding concerning weddings! Nanami agrees to perform a wedding at the shrine contingent on Tomoe’s approval. Somehow, this becomes “Nanami is going to ask Tomoe to marry her!” This results in the usual fight between Mizuki and Tomoe. Things get straightened out though everyone is a little perturbed when Nanami declares that she is never going to get married anyway. It turns out that the marriage she’s agreed to perform is the future marriage of Himemiko and her human boyfriend. This is not a match that Tomoe anticipates ever working out, but Nanami does not see a problem with it. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Ten, by Yana Toboso

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 Volume ten of Kuroshitsuji continues the murder mystery arc.

 After the latest corpse is examined, everyone once again rehashes what happened and provide or fail to provide alibis. The rehashing is interrupted by an unexpected visitor. He is a vicar named Jeremy and he is apparently acquainted with the Phantomhive family. Apparently, he was the person Sebastian was attempting to reach via messenger owl. (Insert Harry Potter joke here.) He is as first considered a possible suspect in the murder, but he is able to provide an alibi. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Nine, by Yana Toboso

In volume nine of Kuroshitsuji, Ciel is under a cloud due to the way he handled the circus case. (Dear Queen Victoria, you sent a kid being groomed into an utter monster by a demon on a mission so close to home it’s cohabitating at the rebuilt Phantomhive estate, what did you think was going to happen?) The queen’s two butlers, Charles Grey and Charles Phipps turn up to with a request to provide entertainment for a German VIP. Ciel is reluctant at first, but the queen’s butlers metaphorically twist his arm until he agrees. 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 Five, Julietta Suzuki

Buy on AmazonVolume Five of Kamisama Kiss opens not long after the ending of the previous volume. Tomoe is furious that Nanami chose Mizuki as her second shinshi. (And Mizuki seems to think Tomoe’s rage is funny.) There is some indication that Mizuki feels some very distant sympathy for Tomoe, since the fox was also abandoned by his is kami. Nanami would very much like them to get along, but she is unable to get them to stop sniping at each other. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Four, Julietta Suzuki

In this volume, Tomoe is continuing to go to school with Nanami so he can keep her out of trouble. He very much does not care for going to school however, so he spends a lot of time attempting to convince Nanami to quite school. (When Nanami complains about school, Tomoe tells her she should quit if it’s so hard, for instance.) Nanami meanwhile, is beginning to realize that she has a crush on Tomoe (much to his horror when he finds out). Continue reading

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Manga Review: Blue Exorcist Volume One, by Kazue Kato

While I enjoyed the Blue Exorcist anime, my first encounter with the manga (read before the anime came out) did not go very well. I read it in fan translation, and found it to be hard to get into. I initially thought that this was the fault of the fan translator because the translation had been littered with grammar errors, typos and poor word choices. However, I experienced the same difficulties reading the professional translation as I did the fan translation. Comparing the manga to the anime, I realized that the problem was the manga art is much more cramped and cluttered in places. (Also, the anime has better pacing than the manga, which is very “rushed.”)     Continue reading

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Manga Review: Chrono Crusade Volume Two, by Daisuke Moriyama

The second volume of Chrono Crusade opens with a story about a ghost that is haunting the New York branch of the Magdalen Order. At the same time, we see that Rosette is having some problems staying awake. It takes everyone a while to figure out that the two are connected, and that the cause is Rosette’s pocket watch, which has apparently caused her soul to separate from her body. (We are reminded that the watch keeps Chrono from accidentally stealing all of Rosette’s time at once.) While Rosette is out of body, she has a strange dream that she finds very disturbing and decides to blame on Chrono. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Black Butler Volume Four, by Yana Toboso

Volume four of Black Butler is a little lighter in tone than volume three ended up being. Ciel investigates a series of mysterious attacks on “Anglo Indians” (British colonists returning from India.) During the investigation, Ciel and Sebastian run into Prince Soma, the 26th child of the raja of Bengal. The prince is searching for one of his servants, a woman named Mina, who had allegedly been kidnapped by a British noble. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Three, Julietta Suzuki

Volume three of Kamisama Kiss opens with Nanami being invited to a party by Himemiko. Due to feeling very uncomfortable with the idea of Tomoe helping her put on a kimono, she attends the party in her school uniform. When they arrive at the party a number of carp princesses descend upon Tomoe, which makes Nanami very unhappy, however, she lets him go anyway. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Two, Julietta Suzuki

In volume two of Kamisama Kiss, Nanami is bored out of her mind and has no interest in going back to school. She quickly changes her tune about school when she discovers that Kurama, a popular singer will be attending classes there. Tomoe however is less than pleased at the idea of Nanami going somewhere without protection of some kind. He eventually relents on the condition that Nanami wear a silly hat. (To hide the “tochigami mark” on her forehead from anything that might see it and attack her.)

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