Title: Kekkaishi Vol 25
Author: Yellow Tanabe
May Contain Spoilers
By night, teenager Yoshimori Sumimura is a "kekkaishi"–a demon-hunter who specializes in creating magical barriers around his prey. By day, Yoshimori’s got other demons to battle: an addiction to sweets and a seriously crotchety grandfather! Yoshimori’s pretty neighbor and childhood friend, Tokine Yukimura, is also a kekkaishi, but their families are feuding over who is the true practitioner of the art.
The mysterious Shadow Organization that maintains mystical order in the world is in jeopardy! First, they set out to arrest their prime suspect in the devastating attacks on mystical sites… only to nd their target permanently out of their reach. Then, their headquarters comes under re, and one of their Council of Twelve members is slain. Even worse, a member of the Sumimura family is accused of the crime! Meanwhile, Yoshimori trains to control his mind with the help of…a talking cat?!
Oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh!!! This can’t be happening! My Masamori is being played for a fool! And he’s just impulsive enough to fall right into his enemy’s hands! He’s now suspect Number One in the murders of two of the Council members! His temper is well known, and it’s just gotten him into hot water. How is he going to get out of this mess?
Back at the Sumimura household, Yoshimori is practicing a new technique. He has to empty his mind. You’d think that would be easy for him, but nope, he keeps getting distracted by the stupidest stuff, which does make sense for him. After struggling with his nothingness exercises, he gets a surprise teacher. To help him out, his new instructor gives him an electric shock to stimulate his synaptic response. Uh-oh! Yoshimori had better be a quick study, or he needs to get used to having a really bad headache!
There is a lot going on in this volume! Murder! Conspiracies! Electric shocks! I am totally primed for the next installment! I am getting some very bad vibes about Soji, but I have a hard time believing that a boy who is so enamored with a mechanical pencil can be a cold-blooded killer! Please say it ain’t so and that all of his suspicious behavior is just a huge misunderstanding. And Yoshimori, please study hard! You made a great big promise and it’s going to be so hard for you to keep it! The Karasumori deity isn’t going to appreciate being told a lie; if you think you have a headache now from those little electric jolts, just wait until the Karasumori deity grows impatient again. I love this series! More, please!
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