blue-exorcistBlue Exorcist, Vol. 1 by Kazue Kato (2011)

ISBN:  9781421540320
Pages:  200
Publisher:  VIZ Media

Rin Okumura was raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous Exorcist along with his twin brother Yuki. Rin has a short temper, which gets him into trouble often. After a horrible fight with Father Fujimoto, Rin learns the horrible truth about his past – he is the son of the Demon Lord Satan. Whenever he unleashes his father’s sword, his full demon powers come to light by giving him a blue glow and a tail. Satan takes advantage of a weak moment and takes over Father Fujimoto’s body and attempts to unleash hell on earth. Rin stops Satan’s attempt by unleashing his demon powers and closing the Gehenna Gate. Father Fujimoto does not survive the encounter, which Rin blames himself for. When visiting his adoptive father’s grave, Rin swears to become an Exorcist to put an end to Satan. To do this, Rin must attend the mysterious True Cross Academy. Once there, Rin learns that his brother has known about their demon heritage and already is a talented Exorcist (and his teacher). As the story continues, Rin uncovers more secrets and faces his own inner demons while making new friends and continuing the fight to defeat Satan.

Kato has created a most interesting world in Blue Exorcist. He borrows from Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism and intertwines it with Japanese mythology. You will also see some interesting characters like Mephisto Pheles (Mephistopheles from German folklore and Faust) pop up throughout the series. What really makes this series so engaging, is the characters and their relationships to each other. Rin makes one think about what truly is “evil” and if one can be more than what they are told they are or can be. This is also a story about true friendship and bonds forged through difficult situations. Kato lightens the story with some humorous situations and fanciful drawings. An added bonus to the manga volumes are the character biographies and Illustrated Guide to Demons. They offer some additional background to the most fascinating world created by Kaue Kato.

Score:  5 out of 5

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I'm a Midwest girl who has landed herself on the east coast. I spend my days in libraryland. My passion/specialty is graphic novels, manga, and anime. For a few weekends of the year you will find me at an anime convention somewhere on the east coast.

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