The doldrums continue.
Story/Art: Rumiko Takahashi
Translation: Christine Dashiell
What They Say:
Sakura eats some special candy and loses her ability to sense and see ghosts! Although she’s happy for a break, unfortunately she becomes the target of the A-1 Grand Prix, an annual contest for evil spirits! Later, Rinne confronts an icy ghost in the middle of summer, and crosses paths with the Level 6 Black Cat Kurosu!
As the volume opens up, Tomako gives Sakura a candy to prevent her from seeing ghosts, seemingly making up for the mistake she made so long ago. Not hesitating at all, Sakura pops it right in her mouth, and it proves shockingly effective. Later on, she wanders near an abandoned well with some friends and ends up being marked as the target for the A-1 Grand Prix, a competition of curses between evil spirits. Thanks to the effects of the candy, she is of course oblivious to this fact, leaving Rinne to protect her from this unknown danger. Rinne eventually splurges on a powerful shinigami tool that makes a copy of Sakura for the purpose of trapping ghosts, which proves effective in cleaning up the mass of ghosts. In the end, Sakura decides that she doesn’t need to be normal, and thus stops taking the candy and returns things to the status quo.
After a short story involving a dog, Shoma returns with a black cat of his own, an uppity fellow by the name of Kurosu. The pair visits Rinne as part of an assignment to catch a poverty moth, a spirit attracted to the poor that acts to further perpetuate poverty. They of course simply end up making a mess of things, allowing the moth to wreak havoc in the process. Afterwards, we see Kuroso and Rokumon compete to catch a spirit and earn some cat food.
As the volume comes to a close, the group goes to check out a haunted house, solve the mystery of a refrigerator, and deal with a mischievous watermelon.
With this volume we get yet another bland, formulaic entry into the series. Once more the contents are all fairly short stories, with only two making it past the length of a single chapter. Though we get yet another black cat character introduced, he doesn’t really add much to the dynamics of the series, and is attached to an uninteresting minor character anyway. The status quo continues to reign supreme over this series, and while it does so it seems unlikely that it’ll ever be able to break out of this rut of mediocrity.
Content Grade: C
Art Grade: B
Package Rating: B
Text/Translation Rating: B+
Age Rating: 16+
Released by: Viz Media
Release Date: March 12th, 2013