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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translation Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 16 and Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 9781421533094
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Rasetsu

Rasetsu Vol. #06

Rasetsu Vol. #06 Manga Review

By Kate O'Neil     September 15, 2010
Release Date: September 07, 2010

Rasetsu Vol. #06
© Viz Media

With Rasetsu’s feelings confessed, she tries to move forward, but a former classmate of Yako’s might be the unexpected kick-start to his heart.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Chika Shiomi

What They Say
The past comes knocking when Yako runs into his old rival Mei Tendo. And the trip down memory lane doesn't stop there - when Yako gets attacked by a horde of ancient ghosts, it seems that his old love Yurara is connected to the onslaught!

The Review!

Six volumes into “Rasetsu,” I’ve come to realize how much I appreciate Chika Shiomi’s skill at drawing clothing.  All the characters, especially Rasetsu, always look stylish.  Even the first panel of this volume shows it off.  There’s one other art detail that shows up a lot in this volume that makes me laugh – Rasetsu’s shocked chibi-style expression.  It’s rampant in this volume, for good reason.
At the cliffhanger ending of the last volume, Rasetsu confesses her feelings to Yako.  She doesn’t mince words, yet it still takes time for it to sink in for the oblivious Yako.  He doesn’t know how to react and continues as if nothing has happened.  Rasetsu, meanwhile, struggles with her unrequited love.  Time hasn’t stood still, and there’s only about six months left before she’ll have to confront her demon.
Kuryu hasn’t backed off either.  He’s only grown more unsettling, creepy, and possessive.  By now, Rastsu, Yako, and the readers are thinking that Kuryu is not what he appears, though to what degree remains to be seen.  He admits he’ll do anything to protect Rasetsu above anyone else, including his co-workers.  Rasetsu doesn’t dislike Kuryu, she thinks of him as a friend and is concerned after discovering some disturbing facts about how he’s been living his life.  
Yako finds himself growing more annoyed by Kuryu’s advances toward Rasetsu.  A high school friend, Mei from “Yurara,” secretly invites Yako down to his cafe for a chat, which turns into a case of sorts for Yako and Rasetsu.  Rasetsu is eager for some sweets which Mei provides as he tells Rasetsu more about Yako’s past.  Yako is followed to the cafe by a gang of angry samurai ghosts who have a grudge against a certain spirit following Yako around.  After Yako and the others take care of the unwanted guests, Mei offers Yako some emotional advice, which can be summed up as “You like Rasetsu, you moron.”  Yako’s reaction is a great punch line to all of Rasetsu’s shocked faces, and Rasetsu finds herself asking Yako if anything is wrong while he stands there blushing in shock.  Could this boy be any more emotionally dense?
In Summary
It’s interesting to note that Yako still doesn’t realize that his old crush is following him around, and some good questions are raised in this volume.  Kuryu is becoming more unstable as the clock ticks down on the time Rasetsu has left before her demon fiancé comes calling.  After all this time, it’s suggested that Rasetsu and Yurara’s similar looks might be more than just a convenient coincidence.  Now, there is finally hope for Rasetsu and Yako to find love, leaving Kuryu and other jealous forces to be confronted.


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