Story/Art: Yoshiaki Sukeno
Translation/Adaptation: Tetsuichiro Miyaki/Byrant Turnage
What They Say:
Benio and Rokuro must work together to wield their Resonance Attack against Benio’s own long-lost brother! Then, with Benio gravely injured, the Basara who killed her parents offers her a terrible alternative to death…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Now that the truth behind the Hintsuki tragedy has been revealed and Yuto was shown to be the real villain manipulating everything, the Twin Star Exorcists have only one choice, and twenty hours to prepare. But after the last fiasco in which Seigen fought him alone and was easily trounced despite being one of the Twelve Guardians, how are they supposed to win? And how can Benio face her own brother, the one for who she respected and thought of as being a loving sibling instead of the true monster which has now been revealed? All of these doubts must be cast aside if they are to have any chance of winning and that possibility rests in their shared ability to wield the Resonance Attack, for which they have no idea of how it occurred!
With time quickly fleeting and no one left to supervise them, the teenagers have no choice but to retreat to the training room and working things out for themselves. As they steel themselves for the upcoming battle, both quickly realize that neither knows how they accomplished the Resonance and start experimenting with various techniques to unleash the power. But as frustration sets in, they begin to blame themselves for being unable to prevent the tragedy: Rokuro for not being strong enough to protect his roommates and Benio for not seeing how her brother had been corrupted. Apologies quickly follow as both understand that there was nothing either one could do to stop Yuto from becoming the beast he is now and the only thing left is to stop him … no matter what the cost.
This series is quickly becoming something from the departure of the normal supernatural series and with each passing volume, it just gets even better. We now see how the characters of Rukuro and Benio are more than the sum of their powers, they are defined by the personalities which urge them to do the right thing: one to avenge his friends and the other to honor her family by vanquishing the monstrosity which was raised by them. Whatever the reasoning for their motivation, that strength pushes them forward and eventually makes them depend on each other and thus making them a stronger pair; it is this struggle which exemplifies them as the Twin Star Exorcists, but to what lengths will they go accomplish this feat? The events which unfold within this book signal a turning point and consequences which may lead them down that path, but is this also the right one?
As each volume of Twin Star Exorcists passes, the strength of the bond between Rukuro and Benio becomes stronger, but what are they willing to sacrifice for that power? At first, the series seemed like a silly comedy of unusual circumstances which forced them into this partnership, but now it is the drama which drives the story forward. What will happen next can only be guessed, but the journey should be thrilling adventure for both the pair and the reader.
Content Grade: A+
Art Grade: A
Packaging Grade: A
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: April 16th, 2016