I am enjoying this series a great deal. I was expecting to like it, but not as much as I have been. I'm really looking forward to seeing w...moreMy Thoughts:
I am enjoying this series a great deal. I was expecting to like it, but not as much as I have been. I'm really looking forward to seeing what comes next. Rikuo gets attacked by yokai fairly often since he is in the position to become the third leader of the Nura Syndicate. However, he still doesn't want to be the Third, at least, not when he's in his day form. In his night form, Rikuo is determined to become the Third. Some yokai don't care what form he can take, they want him out of the way because they think he's weak. Rikuo would happily step down, but everyone in the main family is against it.
We get to see Rikuo transform a few more times in this volume. His transformations always happen at night and usually happen when one of his human friends is in danger. It looks like he will transform if one of his clan members is in trouble as well.(less)
While the day belongs to humans, the night belongs to yokai,supernatural creatures that thrive on human fear. Caught between these worlds is...moreSynopsis:
While the day belongs to humans, the night belongs to yokai,supernatural creatures that thrive on human fear. Caught between these worlds is Rikuo Nura. He's three-quarters human, but his grandfather is none other than Nurarihyon, the supreme commander of the Nura clan, a powerful yokai consortium. So, Rikuo is an ordinary teenages three quarters of the time, until his yokai blood awakens. Then Rikuo transforms into the future leader of the Nura clan, leading a hundred demons.
Another one I enjoyed more than I expected to. I'm very much looking forward to seeing what side of Rikuo will win in the end: night form or day form. Will Rikuo ever take his place as the Third?
We first meet Rikuo when he's 8 years-old. He's really excited about becoming the Third someday after listening to all of his grandfather's stories. However, during the big meeting of all of the groups that owe allegiance to the Nura Clan, Rikuo discovers what yokai are really like and he no longer wants any part of it. This causes some of the groups to start trying to take him out. The first time it happens, he transforms and becomes his yokai self. Rikuo's yokai self is pretty cool. He also doesn't hesitate to take out yokai that would hurt his friends. We get to see Rikuo transform like this a few more times in this volume.
Because Rikuo is determined to be human, he's constantly trying to hide the fact that yokai are real and that he lives with a crap ton of them. This is hard to do now that Kiyotsugu is determined to meet the night form Rikuo again. If he only knew... If it isn't bad enough that Kiyotsugu is after night Rikuo, an onmyouji moves into the area and she wants to take out Nurarihyon! Rikuo is going to have to be really careful from now on. That might be hard to do now that the onmyouji girl, Yura, and Rikuo's friend Kana have been kidnapped by the Kyuso Clan as hostages to force Rikuo into announcing he won't become the Third. I'm looking forward to finding out just how long Rikuo can keep his other self a secret from his friends.(less)
Terrorizing its populace, Jack the Ripper has shaken London to its very core. But when Sebastian Michaelis, singular butler of the Phantomhiv...moreSynopsis:
Terrorizing its populace, Jack the Ripper has shaken London to its very core. But when Sebastian Michaelis, singular butler of the Phantomhive house, lays bare the madman's true identity, all that is left for him to do is eliminate the perpetrator in the name of the Queen and Phantomhive. But inhumanly efficient skills don't guarantee victory when the opponent is just as supernaturally gifted! And though Sebastian may be able to save Ciel from physical harm in the battle that ensues, will the young earl ever recover from the emotional scars it will leave on his heart?
I had to reread vol.1 and 2 again before reading this because I couldn't quite remember what happened. I guess that's what happens when you start a series three years prior and take forever to finally start catching up.
Anyway, this volume picks up with the conclusion to the Jack the Ripper case. I think Ciel was both surprised and not surprised by the culprit. I think her reasoning behind doing it was news to him. The thing about the record of your memories playing when cut by a grim reaper's death scythe was certainly interesting. That reaper sure is a mess, though. I felt for Sebastian during that fight. Talk about an irritating guy.
Ciel sure carries a lot on his shoulders for being so young, but it's all things that he took onto himself. I can't quite tell how he and Sebastian feel about each other. At times, Sebastian seems to respect Ciel and others, he mocks him. Ciel seems to take pride in the things Sebastian can do, but he doesn't hesitate to let people know that Sebastian is his loyal dog. Considering their relationship, it's not all that surprising if they don't actually like each other. It's a relationship of mutual benefit, basically. I sure would like to see the day when it comes time for Sebastian to collect Ciel's soul. What will happen?(less)
Rin and his friends continue to investigate the Seven School Mysteries. Yukio watches as the Exwires take on the Academy's ghosts, troubled b...moreSynopsis:
Rin and his friends continue to investigate the Seven School Mysteries. Yukio watches as the Exwires take on the Academy's ghosts, troubled by lingering doubts about his own feelings. Rin seems to be learning to control his power more, but is tapping his inner demonic fire going to be his salvation or his doom?
This is the first volume that I'm writing a review for since volume 1. That's mostly because I was reading them so fast that I just couldn't take the time to write a review after every one. I basically devoured this series and now I'm sad as all hell that I'm all caught up and even sadder that the US release and the Japanese release are caught up to each other, too. This series is nowhere near over what with everything that's been going on and with the US release being only 1 volume behind the Japanese one, that means I'll be waiting. =[ At least it gives me something to look forward to...
I keep falling more and more in love with Rin. In most of the battles we see him in, he never hesitates. You would think that he's completely accepted his demonic side, but we see as the series goes on, that that isn't quite true. Not until after the events in Kyoto. It's when he realizes that he has to accept the fact that he is Satan's son, but he can still be himself. He doesn't have to be a monster just because of who his father is. I always want to cheer Rin on. He's amazing. He also has one of the cutest smiles. I love to see him smiling. There are those in the Order that think he should be destroyed, but they couldn't be more wrong. Rin has a pretty strong sense of self and I don't think he would ever fall to the dark side. I think the only thing that could really open him up to that is if something horrible happened to all of the people he has come to care about. Rin has come a long way since volume 1. He still has a ways to go, but he's coming along nicely.
The one that I think everyone really needs to be paying close attention to is Yukio. There are people that are, but not quite the right people. Yukio has apparently always had doubts, but Rin's power awakening seems to have really shaken them up. I'm worried that he could be in danger of being taken over by a demon some day. That fight with Todo up in Kyoto showed us something I never expected from Yukio. Why did his left eye do that? Mephisto has to know something considering he was watching, but he's keeping quiet. Yukio is keeping quiet, too. I wish he'd talk to someone. Rin isn't the smartest guy around, but he loves Yukio and what Yukio is going through he shouldn't have to go through alone. I am really, really worried about him. Both Rin and Shimei have noticed his odd behavior. I wish he would open up to at least one of them. Todo seems to think Yukio will switch sides. At the rate he's going, he's his own worst enemy. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for him.
I am very much enjoying the other characters as well. Shura can be crude, but she's cool. Bon is too serious at times, but he's a great guy. Konekomaru can get twitchy, but he's good at tactics during a fight. Shima can be lazy, but he tends to step up when he's needed, anyway. Shimei can be timid, but she's a wonderful person and has proven herself in battles plenty of times. Izumo is sooooo tsundere, but she always steps up, too. Takara is still a mystery. Considering how this volume ended, though, I think we're going to learn more about him in the next one. I'll be on pins and needles for that release!(less)