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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 188
  • ISBN: 978-1-4215-0909-9
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Kekkaishi

Kekkaishi Vol. #10

By Danielle Van Gorder     October 17, 2007
Release Date: August 30, 2007

Kekkaishi Vol.#10
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Yellow Tanabe
Translated by:Yuko Sawada
Adapted by:

What They Say
The Kokuboro ayakashi launch a major assault on the Karasumori site to siphon its magical energies to heal their ailing princess. When our friends' mysterious new ally Gen pulls out every last stop to battle them, they make him an offer he can't refuse: join their demon alliance or perish!

The Review
When a series of events strips the Karasumori shrine of most of its defenders, bad things are certain to be the result. Gen and Yoshimori, however, are unaware of the plotting going on around them and preoccupied with their own problems. Yoshinori worries about Tokino and what she thinks of him, and Gen - Gen's worries are rather more complex. Between Yoshinori and the chief, however, he manages to find a degree of peace, just in time for all hell to break loose.

The Kokuboro move in that very night with their princess, who needs the power of the Karasumori site, and attack in force. Yoshimori's grandfather has his hands full protecting their home and family, leaving only Gen, Yoshimori, and Tokino to defend the Karasumori site. They prevail against the smaller ayakashi, but the leader Gagin is something else entirely. It takes everything they have to fight him, and defeating him seems to be out of the question. Over the course of the fight, Gen is forced to reveal more of his true abilities than he's comfortable with, but Yoshinori's reactions are nothing like what he expects. This easy acceptance gives Gen some inner peace that allows him to move past his personal doubts and utilize his true strength to protect the Karasumori site.

The fight itself is incredible, but it's the end that really drives home how very different Kekkaishi is than your average shounen fighting series. The characters feel real enough to care about, which just makes the events of this volume that much more powerful. If you were on the fence about the series until this point, this volume should make you a fan. If you were already a fan, you're in for a real treat. It's an incredible ride, and highly recommended.


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