Title: Kekkaishi #4
Author: Yellow Tanabe
This volume introduces Yoshimori’s older brother, Masamori, to the cast. An executive officer with the Shadow Organization, he’s a sinister character with a goatee and a scar on his forehead. Tokine is blown away by his kekkaishi techniques, and Yoshimori, besides feeling inferior to his older brother, is now jealous of the attention Tokine is lavishing on him.
Yoshimori suffers when compared to his brother, and he feels the sting of criticism as he continues to blindly expend his powers to defeat ayakashi, without ever stopping to analyze the situations he’s presented with. Rebuked by his grandfather, he’s told his thoughtless ways will some day cause other people to be hurt. Brooding about his situation, Yoshimori thinks he’s come up with clever solution to his problems; he’s going to seal off Karasumori’s evil powers forever. So what if investigating it’s mysteries is forbidden?
I haven’t quite figured Masamori out yet. Is he jealous that Yoshimori has the hoin mark? Is he manipulating his younger brother to research the power of the Karasumori site? Why did he send Kasuga to Karasumori? I think his introduction has really added some momentum to the plot, and I’m looking forward to see where it all leads.
Kekkaishi is an entertaining series, filled with fun characters and engaging stories. The art is a little sparse, and Yoshimori really needs a haircut, but this is one of the better series that no one seems to be reading.
Recommended for Teens.