Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation Vol 5 by Yoshiyuki Nishi

Title:  Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation

Author: Yoshiyuki Nishi

Publisher: Viz

ISBN: 9781421516400

May Contain Spoilers

Ok, I’ve spent enough time with the family, overeating, for this week.  Happy that I get to do it all over again next week!  Back to reviews - 

The trip to Arcanum wraps up in this issue, and then Muhyo has a new rival arrive on the scene.  After turning against her friends, Rio exposes her true colors, much to Biko’s dismay.  I really like little Biko and her determination to save Rio, even though she’s done some really terrible things to all of them.  She forgives Rio her transgressions, and everyone ultimately blames Enchu for Rio’s fall from upstanding instructor to evil henchwoman.  I don’t think that I would have been able to forgive her, but Biko and Rio have a history that stretches back a long ways. 

After resting up from their adventures, Muhyo and Roji have a fresh headache to deal with.  A game of Kokkuri goes wrong, and some of Nana’s classmates unleash a very nasty spirit into the world.  Enter Goryo, an executor who wants to take over Muhyo’s territory.  Because this is a manga, he proposes a contest to determine the fate of the territory – who ever removes the ghost from a haunted apartment complex first gets control of the district! 

Goryo isn’t a pushover, and his ego is easily the size of Muhyo’s.  Maybe bigger.  He comes from a long line of executors, stretching back a thousand years.  His family operates a very large and prosperous business, ridding the world of ghosts.  Nothing but world domination and crushing his rivals will make him happy.  He sees Muhyo and Roji as annoying insects to be exterminated, while Muhyo just sees him as being a pain in the rear.  It’s all rather typical shounen fare, but I like Muhyo’s off the wall character enough to want to see what happens next.

Grade: B

Rated for Teen

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