Wednesday, October 7, 2020

#IReadsYou Review: TWIN STAR EXORCISTS: Volume 16


MANGAKA: Yoshiaki Sukeno
TRANSLATION: Tetsuichiro Miyaki
LETTERS: Stephen Dutro
EDITOR: Annette Roman
ISBN: 978-1-9747-0776-8; paperback (September 2019); Rated “T” for “Teen”
200pp, B&W, $9.99 US, $12.99 CAN, £6.99 U.K.

Sōsei no Onmyōji is a shonen manga series written and illustrated by Yoshiaki Sukeno.  The manga has been serialized in the Japanese manga magazine, Jump Square, since October 2013. VIZ Media is publishing an English-language edition of the manga as a series of paperback graphic novels, entitled Twin Star Exorcists.  VIZ released the series first under its “Shonen Jump Advanced” imprint, and then, under its “Shonen Jump” imprint, beginning July 2015.

Twin Star Exorcists focuses on Rokuro Enmado.  He did not want to be an exorcist, but he met a mysterious girl named Benio Adashino.  This 14-year-old was serious about being an exorcist, and she wanted to fight the monstrous creatures called Kegare.  Because their destinies are intertwined, Rokuro and Benio are called the “Twin Star Exorcists.”  They are fated to marry... and to conceive the “Prophesied Child.”

As Twin Star Exorcists, Vol. 16 (Chapters 57 to 60) opens, the “Yuto Punitive Expedition” into Magano, the realm of the Kegare, has turned into a disaster.  This was to be a minor mission, but the exorcists were met by four risk-level, “SS,” Basara (a Kegare that can speak and is more powerful).  Two of the Twelve Guardians have been killed, but before passing on, they have passed on their spiritual guides.  Meanwhile, what is Rokuro up to?

[This volume includes bonus drawings.]

THE LOWDOWN:  As I've said in previous reviews, the Twin Star Exorcists manga is usually in a constant state of flux, as creator Yoshiaki Sukeno introduces new characters and new subplots at a steady rate.  There are other times when the narrative goes still and focuses intensely on violence and combat, a state in which it currently... rests.

Twin Star Exorcists Graphic Novel Volume 16 focuses on the Yuto Punitive Expedition.  Creator Yoshiaki Sukeno is using the story arc to introduce the next generation of the Twelve Guardians.  The histories, origins, and back stories of these characters are poignant, and Sukeno has provided the material to make them exceptional characters for an exceptional manga.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of action-fantasy, shonen manga will want to try the “Shonen Jump” manga, Twin Star Exorcists.

9 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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