Title: Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation Vol 10
Author: Yoshiyuki Nishi
May Contain Spoilers
With Panza out of the way, Muhyo and company have a new enemy to confront: Mick, an assassin for Ark. This guy is only happy if he’s killing someone, and unfortunately for the gang, he’s after their blood. When Imai is kidnapped, things look grim. And when Page and Yoichi go off searching for a way to defeat Teeki, they get into a battle much more deadly they bargained for.
Wow, there was a lot going on in this volume, and everyone’s actions are starting to interconnect. Muhyo and Roji are frantically trying to save Imai, who has been whisked off to Teeki’s hideout. Imai, wounded, is trying desperately to rescue Rio and make off with the forbidden book. Page delves into his bag of tricks, rewriting magic law and causing all kinds of stress for the entire Magic Law Association. Desperate times call for desperate measures, or so he’s sure to argue – if he lives through this encounter.
I was a little disappointed with the last book, but this one kicks the series back into high gear. There was so much action, but more importantly, I got caught up in the tense emotions as the characters put their lives on the line to find a way to destroy the forbidden magic book and put an end to Teeki. I am not so hung up on saving Enchu; he has done some very nasty things. Is he beyond redemption? Page refuses to believe he is beyond saving, and he is willing to put his life on the line to make up for failing his student. Page believes that he shares responsibility for Enchu’s journey down his current dark path, and he is unwilling to just let Enchu continue down it without trying to intervene. Though he comes across as a crass and careless professor, Page truly cares for his students and wants what’s best for them.
The book ends with a great cliffhanger, and I was a little put out to see that a bonus chapter was included instead of more of the continuing story. It accomplished the goal of making me want the next book, but also made it difficult to concentrate on the stand alone adventure featuring Muhyo and Roji trying to track down a ghost at a high school. Disguised as students, they infiltrate the school at the request of three girls, uncovering secrets that test the girls’ friendship. It wasn’t a bad story, but compared to what is going on in the continuing storyline, it just seemed kind of blah.