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Blue Exorcist Vol. #21 Manga Review

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Yukio makes his move!

Yukio makes his move!

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Kazue Kato
Translation: John Werry

What They Say
An attack on Tokyo by a huge demon that is visible to almost everyone marks the start of an unprecedented outbreak of demonic activity around the world. While the Knights of the True Cross and the Japanese government scramble to contain the damage, Lightning’s investigation into the Illuminati has pushed the Knights of the True Cross—and Yukio—just a little too far. Now Yukio rushes to confront Mephisto, determined to hear the truth of the circumstances of his and Rin’s birth. Yet Mephisto, aloof as always, still seems to be pulling everyone’s strings. For Yukio and Rin, there will be no easy answers…

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
With the start of this volume, we find the Knights of the True Cross and the government scrambling to try to come up with a solution to more and more people seeing demons. It’s actually a surprisingly interesting little bit, and I like that it leads to the decision that ultimately, the government needs to hold a press conference to acknowledge that they exist in the gentlest terms imaginable. Things really heat up, though, when Yukio confronts Mephisto right before he has to get on the stage, and the troubled youth doesn’t mess around. Which is to say, he straight up pulls a gun on Mephisto and seemingly shoots the man in frustration.

Now it turns out that he wasn’t really the one to make the shot, but he’s still under heavy suspicion and in a lot of trouble. And to make matters even worse, Mephisto’s barrier goes down as a result even if he does survive, unleashing hell on Earth! It’s certainly an escalation of matters that I can appreciate, and the whole proceedings pack a serious punch. But anyway, despite the fact that he’s pretty much cracked, Rin isn’t willing to leave his brother in such a situation, so he and his friends plot a rescue! It actually goes shockingly smoothly… until it turns out that Yukio isn’t exactly on board with the whole thing. And when the Illuminati show up to recruit the boy, tensions flair up big time!

Just what will the result of this battle between brothers be? And when Rin’s sword just happens to snap in the middle of things, what will that mean for our hero?

In Summary
Things are heating up in this volume, and that’s definitely a good thing! Last volume really dragged, but this one just keeps things moving constantly, and it’s a whole lot better off for it. And fortunately, it’s not all just mindless action. No, we get huge character moments along the way as Yukio breaks down, a bit of politics, and even some serious upheaval for the world as a whole. All of this just works, and it makes for a really enjoyable ride that’s sure to keep your attention from start to finish. Now if the series can just keep that up, it really will be right back on track!

Content Grade: A-
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+

Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: January 1st, 2019
MSRP: $9.99

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