Monday, September 12, 2016

Rurouni Kenshin volume 8


Today's post is on Rurouni Kenshin volume 8 by Nobuhiro Watsuki. It is 200 pages long and is published by Shonen Jump. The cover has Kenshin and compnay on it looking very cool. It is the eighth volume in the long running series. You have to have read the six first 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- In the 11th year of Meiji, on the day marked in the Western calendar as May 14th, time once again begins to flow. The shocking midday murder of Department of Internal Affairs Chief Ôûkubo a fait accompli, Kenshin leaves for Kyoto, scene of chaos and bloodshed--against the wishes of nearly everyone who knows him as the gentle "rurouni." Awaiting him there is Shishio Makoto, the hitokiri who replaced the cold-eyed assassin Himura Battôsai who forswore further killing and took up the reversed-blade sakabatô. But does Kenshin go to Kyoto for a duel...or for a death-match?

Review- This volume is about getting everyone moving and introducing a great side character Makimachi Misao. She is just so much fun. She is a ninja and a pretty good one at that. The whole volume is Kenshin walking to Kyoto from Tokyo and everyone else getting annoyed that he taking so long. Saito and Sano have it out and Sano decides that he is going to go to Kyoto just to prove he's not baggage. Kaoru and Yahiko deal with their grief of Kenshin leaving them and get on a boat to Kyoto. But we do get to see how evil Shishio is. He has taken over a small village and is killing people there. The volume ends with Kenshin going in to stop what is happening there. So more drama, fighting, and humor ahead.

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