Monday, September 26, 2016

Rurouni Kenshin volume 10


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Today's post is on Rurouni Kenshin volume 10 by Nobuhiro Watsuki. It is 192 pages long and is published by Shonen Jump. The cover has Kenshin and compnay on it looking very cool. It is the tenth volume in the long running series you will have to have read the first nine in the series to understand the story. The intended reader is someone who likes historical stories, manga, and interesting characters. There is no foul language, no sex, but some violence in this series. The story is told from third person close following different characters. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- His sakabato broken in battle, Kenshin seeks out the man who forged it--Arai Shakkû--only to be turned away. Seikû;, son of the legendary swordsmith, had for a time been continuing his father's work (the forging of katana, meant for killing), but has since given up that calling and spends his time making humble cooking knives. Respecting Seikû's wishes, Kenshin leaves without the desired blade...but not before Shishio's spies learn that Shakkû has forged one last sword. Meanwhile, Shishio arrives in Kyoto with orders for his ten generals or "Ten Swords" to join him and put into motion a plan to take over Japan. Chô, one of Shishio's "swords," learns early of Shakkû's final blade and determines to secure it at any cost. Now, armed only with his broken sakabatô, Kenshin must face Chô in battle...

Review- A very battle heavy volume this one.  With Kenshin searching for a new sword a villain appears. They battle and it over-the-top with jumps, dodges, and unreal swords. Chô wants to fight using different swords and he likes to kill with them. When Seikû does not have his father's last sword, Chô kidnaps his young son to make sure that Seikû is not lying to him. Kenshin, of course, wants to save a young child from the crazy guy. Kaoru and Misao met, ending with Misao leading her to Kenshin, who is with his master to try and finish learning Hiten Mitsurugi-Ryu style. And there the volume ends. So much goes on and so little at the same time. With events moving from Shishio's end and Kenshin trying to get better, I cannot wait to see where we are going next.

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.