Story/Art: Kazue Kato
Translation/English Adaptation: John Werry
What They Say:
The heads of the various Myodha temple families gather to discuss recent events surrounding the Eyes of the Impure King. Revelations at the meeting only deepen suspicion of Suguro’s father, Tatsuma, and angry accusations follow. Tatsuma’s silence on the matter isn’t helping either. Amid all the swirling distrust, Rin tries to make sense of things but struggles to keep his flame in check. Then Rin receives a letter that may shed more light on the current situation – and the secret past!
Shima may be friends with Rin once again, but that doesn’t mean Rin’s hardships are over, as he is soon dragged back off to training. Meanwhile, the Myodha leaders are called to a meeting, where it is revealed that there must be a traitor in their midst. Much arguing and finger-pointing ensues, but nobody is able to agree who the traitor really is, and the meeting is adjourned for the day. Afterwards, Rin runs into Konekomaru and is able to reconcile things.
Afterwards, when Suguro goes to check in on with the higher-ups, he finds everyone sprawled on the floor. It soon becomes apparent the traitor was Mamushi, who was told by Todo that the true traitors were Mephisto and Suguro’s father Tatsuma. Juzo tries to stop her, but Todo bursts in and, along with Mamushi, manages to steal the Right Eye. Mamushi than places the Eye into her own eye and the two disappear together.
Furious and perplexed by Mamushi’s accusations, Suguro confronts his Tatsuma, only to be told that his actions are a secret. Suguro says that if Tatsuma leaves he will no longer be his father, but is still shrugged off, prompting Rin to step in and give a stiff talking to the two of them. In doing so, Rin gets overly emotional, and Shura is forced to restrain him. Rin is confined, but will in his cell he receives a letter from Tatsuma detailing the time that he met Father Fujimoto, who had taken the Kuma Sword at that point.
The bonus chapters include a mission in which Rin and company confront a ghost train, and Kuro wandering around after he believes that Rin is being mean towards him.
Things seem to finally be moving in the Kyoto arc with this volume, with Rin reaching out to his friends once more and the major antagonists making their move. Unfortunately, though, this volume feels more like set-up than anything else, with much of the time spent either watching Rin train or having the characters fight amongst themselves. Of course, it’s not all bad, as Rin’s friends seem to finally be dealing with his identity, and a few interesting plot threads pop up throughout the volume. Still, the next volume promises to be a lot more interesting now that the preparations are complete. For now, this book remains a solid taste of what’s to come.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: A-
Package Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: B+
Age Rating: 16+
Released by: Viz Media
Release Date: February 7th, 2012