Blue Exorcist 6

March 8, 2012

Kazue Kato – Viz – 2011 – 8+ volumes

Okay, I’ll be honest with you: I’m going to rush through this, because I just got volume 7 in the mail and promised myself I wouldn’t read it until I reviewed this. But the series is really that good. I cannot wait to crack the next volume open.

Hopefully it will resolve this longer storyline! Not that I mind that things are getting more complicated, but I love this series so much that I’m eager to see the next big thing. The current plot about the stolen artifacts and the young exorcists coping with the fact that Rin is Satan’s son continues through this volume, and it only gets better from here.

Lots of things happen. My favorite parts were all about the exorcist class, and how they are individually coming around to the fact that Rin is still Rin. Neko, Bon, and even Shiemi, a little bit, come around, though Rin is still in a bad spot. He’s slowly learning to control his powers, but when he has a fight with Bon, everyone at the temple sees his blue flame, and he’s thrown in prison. Remember that this was the temple that was destroyed by the blue flame 15 years ago? Yeah, they don’t really like Rin there.

The actual ongoing plot deals more with whether or not the sacred artifact was stolen with the help of a traitor inside the temple. With only a few people having access to the artifact, there aren’t that many suspects. The most suspicious is the head of the temple, Bon’s father, and with his continued absence from all major functions at the temple, he slowly becomes the real culprit. Ah, but there’s lots of characters floating around in this story, and many of them are suspicious. Maybe he’s simply very loyal.

The volume ends with two short stories set before the current storyline. One is a mission that Shiemi and Rin go on to exorcise a phantom train. This is just about as awesome as it could possibly be, and I appreciated it as a break from the main story. The Phantom Train is a kind of monster that steals the souls of those that are on the platforms it passes. The train is full of ghosts that don’t know they’re dead. That alone was enough to endear me to this story, but there’s plenty of the same stuff that makes Blue Exorcist a wonderful series. Rin, Shiemi, and Yukio are all fantastic characters, they all have different strengths and weaknesses in battle, and ultimately, the story is about doing the right thing, which Yukio, the most experienced, isn’t willing to risk.

The second story is a silly one about Kuro, Rin’s cat sidhe.

But yes. This volume was just as good as the others, even as the middle of a longer story. It’s a little sadder and less whimsical and quirky than the others, but I like the seriousness of the plot this time around, and Rin is doing well with the tough love he’s receiving. I cannot wait to continue.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

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