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  • Art Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Text/Translation Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 8.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1421527512
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Rasetsu

Rasetsu Vol. #02

Rasetsu Vol. #02 Manga Review

By Kate O'Neil     December 11, 2009
Release Date: September 01, 2009

Rasetsu Vol. #02
© Viz Media

Rasetsu is starting to feel something besides annoyance for her coerced coworker, and I’m starting to feel something for this series.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Chika Shiomi
Translation: Kinami Watabe
Adaptation: Kinami Watabe

What They Say
Not knowing it's the solution to her curse, Yako thinks that Rasetsu's quest for a boyfriend seems frivolous. Nothing's trivial about Rasetsu's next exorcism, however, especially when she's suddenly overpowered by the emotions of the spirit!

The Review!
Time does not stand still in the “Rasetsu” universe.  About six months have passed in the story since Yako joined the agency.  It’s business as usual around the office.  Yako teases Rasetsu about her love life, or lack thereof.  He unknowingly pushes Rasetsu’s buttons about her curse and remains in the dark about the real problem.  This volume follows the same formula as the last, with each chapter a haunting case that elaborates on the relationships of the leads.  Case one involves a house haunted by a little girl.  Rasetsu finds herself empathizing and being drawn into an unstable, emotional state, which makes her careful, tough-girl facade fall away long enough for Yako to show a kinder side and offer support.  The next chapter takes a brief break to explore the powers of suggestion, at least Kuryu’s powers of kotodama.  He teases his coworkers throughout the chapter with his word magic and mind games.  There’s a flashback to when Kuryu first met Rasetsu, which shows how fragile she was when she first arrived at the agency and how much stronger she’s grown since.  Kuryu tries to express his affection but Rasetsu interprets it as more teasing, much to Kuryu’s embarrassment.

The highlight of the volume is a trip to an amusement park.  The office staff thinks that workaholic Yako needs a day off.  They use a case at the amusement park as an opportunity to force him to have a good time, with help from Kuryu’s powers. Yako is dragged from ride to ride by Rasetsu with a forced smile on his face, a prisoner in his own body.  He’s not amused when he breaks free of the spell, but it leads to a touching moment between Yako and Rasetsu, in which she blushes at the attention and mentally chastises herself for her emotions.  She responds in the way you would expect from any teenager. It makes sense but I sometimes forget she is a teenager. 

The last case in the volume is a little more harrowing.  The characters arrive at a house where a young man has been possessed, and Yako, Kuryu and Rasetsu are forced to work harder than usual to solve the haunting.  It results in Yako and Kuryu questioning each other’s secrets, while Rasetsu catches a glimpse of the spirit protecting Yako once again.

In Summary
Not much has changed from volume one to volume two.  Some of the minor art distractions I had a problem with in the first volume are resolved here.  Even the cover is more attractive.  The hauntings seem better thought out and Rasetsu continues to be an interesting heroine, mature and confident but not without venerability.  If you enjoyed the first volume, you’ll enjoy the second.  Hopefully, the series will continue to improve as it builds these characters and Rasetsu’s eventual fate.


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