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Twin Star Exorcists Vol. #17 Manga Review

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If you can’t rely upon yourself … should others be willing to help?

Creative Staff:
Story and Art: Yoshiaki Sukeno
Translation: Tetsuichiro Miyaki
English Adaptation: Byrant Turnage

What They Say:

While Rokuro and his clan expend the last of their spiritual power battling vicious Hijirimaru, Arima attempts to prevent Yuto and two other powerful Kegare from invading the human world. But he can’t be in three places at once—or can he?

Content (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):

With Enmado Family now trapped on Depth 2007 of Magano, they are struggling to survive against a sadistic basara calling himself Shiromi, all while their leader attempts to find a way out of this hopeless situation. However as this Twin Star tries to put up a brave front to encourage his exhausted followers, they knew all too well what Rokuro was going to do – he would hold off this monster while they would try to escape. This was not the first time he had used such a callous strategy, but as of late they were tired of always running away as he put himself in danger, so against such a powerful foe they rejected the chance and offered to fight alongside him. However as Shiromi mocked this valiant endeavor, these humans would not give up until they gave everything they had if there even the most remote a chance all could escape alive. Even if he was surprised, Rokuro would not object the offer, but with everyone having exhausted their spiritual energies, there much they could do aside from buy time for one final attack, but would it be enough against such a formidable enemy?

While this amazing struggle was occurring, panic was breaking out in the observation room of Tsuchimikado Island as the staff viewed what should have been impossible: several SS-ranked kegare were appearing on the upper levels of Magano, with the worst reading indicating the calamity Yuto Ijika himself near the Great White Torii. As members of the Association attempted to organize their remaining forces, it is the chief exorcist himself who makes what seems to be a ridiculous proclamation – he will confront the most dangerous encounters. Even as his subordinates object to what should be an impossible strategy, they realize it is too late to make any further arrangement – Arima has left without any time to stop their leader. All they can do is stare at the overhead screens and watch in amazement as five equally powerful measurements appear in the conflicted areas … four shikigami and one human are now confronting the horror that threatens to invade the human realm. With many of the Twelve Guardians otherwise engaged and few powerful reinforcements to call on, this gamble may be the last defence to stop an all out invasion, but will it be enough to protect the world from the worst possible outcome?

In Summary:

With everyone implying Arima Tsuchimikado is the most powerful chief exorcist, it is thoroughly surprising to finally witness the claims and suddenly realize the truth – while he may have presented a superficial and comedic front since the story began, those traits were to hide the frightening power which remained hidden within his slight frame. It is amusing for mangaka Sukeno-sensei to put up such a preposterous charade, giving us a leader who seemed more concerned in manipulating Benio and Rokuro to watch their reactions, all as he hid in the background as other appeared to be doing the most important work. And yet now here we are at the threshold of an imminent invasion and he bravely risks his life to protect the island he calls home, with it being even more surprising no one doubted he could do such an amazing feat. While the Twin Star Exorcists may be the centerpiece of this title, it is absolutely satisfying to watch him take away the spotlight, however while we may enjoy this visual assault, it is an outright shame those same wondrous illustrations are far too complex for their own good, making the action at times utterly confusing to follow in what should be a spectacular climax for the series.

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

Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: February 4th, 2020
MSRP: $9.99

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