Blue Exorcist 7Posted: March 28, 2012
Kazue Kato – Viz – 2012 – 7+ volumes
This series. This was a slow volume, and the current story arc didn’t end, and I’ll probably have to wait a year before I get another volume. But I still like this series more than ever. I wish every shounen manga was this good.
I was more than a little surprised that this volume was entirely exposition, since I was sure at least a little bit of a final battle would happen. There’s some action at the very beginning, when the Impure King is awakened. But then we get a lengthy flashback about what Tatsuma’s role in all this really is, and all the secrets he’s been holding back from Bon. Then we get an explanation of the consequences of Rin’s running out of control last volume. Then an explanation about what the Impure King could do to the area. Then a little bit about some power shared between Tatsuma and Bon. Also, we get to hear about how difficult it is to actually beat the Impure King, and why it poses a challenge. Interestingly, it’s not because he’s tough. The Impure King seems mostly like an inanimate disease blob. I liked that he wasn’t the usual strong, clever opponent. But again, this is why Blue Exorcist is great.
Granted, we need all this story. None of it is boring, and it only serves to flesh out the setting and make the story that much better. I was more than happy to hear about Tatsuma, and I thought the little reunion between he and Bon at the end was very sweet, if a little brief and gruff. That part almost makes me worry about Bon’s future role in the series, but then again, if Bon leaves, Neko and Renzo have to leave too, and that’s half the team.
The only thing that annoyed me a little was a subplot about how Rin had lost his confidence after he lost control of his blue flame last time. He can’t draw his sword to help because he is afraid. In true Shueisha style, this means the main character can’t fight the enemy until all the side characters get a chance first. Rin will likely regain his confidence at the end and save the day, and it will be spectacular. Still, I thought Blue Exorcist was better than this.
Everything has been set up for the main event to begin next time. I literally cannot wait, but I’m going to have to. I don’t think volume 8 has come out in Japan yet. That’s a true shame, because I am ridiculously addicted to this series. Seriously. This is one of the best shounen titles that I’ve read in a long time, and I’m devastated that it will be some time before it continues.
This was a review copy provided by Viz.