It's another day at the office for Rasetsu, fending off ghosts, her own feelings, and the unwanted advances of the wrong co-worker.
Writer/Artist: Chika Shiomi
Translation: Kinami Watabe
Adaptation: Kinami Watabe
What They Say
Rasetsu is taken aback by Kuryu's kiss, especially because she likes Yako. But between Yako's inability to let go of his old love, Yurara, and her own curse in the way, can Rasetsu even confess her true feelings?
Kuryu's surprise love confession at the end of the last volume puts Rasetsu in an awkward place. Her tactic of choice is to try to forget it happened while life returns to normal after the events of her 19th birthday '" as normal as it can be, that is. In my favorite panel in this volume, Kuryu's now-overt advances cause Rasetsu to bean him on the head with one of her pick-me-up cakes.
Tensions are running higher between Kuryu and Yako as well. The unspoken feud has increased in hostility, with the two boys locked in a cold war of barely concealed distrust. The chief has begun to take a more active role in finding cases for the team. He sends the group off to settle a particularly nasty case of a vengeful spirit that has been killing the unborn children of a certain family for generations. This leads to some cryptic words for Kuryu, whose motivations are starting to seem borderline obsessive, if not sinister.
Yako continues to confound Rasetsu. Now that she's realized her affection for him, his acts of kindness and consideration conflict with his affirmation that he'll only ever love Yurara. The chief catches a glimpse of Rasetsu and Yako's hearts, but keeps their feelings to himself, furthering Rasetsu's anxiety. Frustrated, Rasetsu make a decision to finally tell the extremely oblivious Yako how she feels.
There are some beautiful full-page illustrations in this volume that really make me appreciate how Chika Shiomi's art has grown from her earlier works. The pacing adds credibility to the relationships; it's been more than a year since Yako started working with Rasetsu and their growing relationship seems natural.
Rasetsu continues to be more enjoyable than its premise. The story has really hit its stride and Rasetsu continues to be a very likable lead. The cases are now woven into the story in a more natural way than in the first few volumes. The vengeful ghost in this volume provides an actually haunting tale. Now, we wait to see how Yako responds to the cliffhanger ending.