Today's post is on Rurouni Kenshin volume 9 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 ninth volume in the long running series. You have to have read the first eigth 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- A glimpse of the new Japan if the mad ambitions of Shishio Makoto should succeed is revealed when Kenshin arrives in Kyoto and meets him at last...although the epic battle between them will have to wait. Pitted against Shishio's soldiers, Kenshin's reversed-edge sakabatô is broken--can it be reforged? Should it be reforged? For time has once again begun to flow, and violence once more washes over the land. Although Kenshin has abandoned the ways of the hitokiri and has sworn to take life no longer, a new assassin has now arisen--one whose taste for blood and thirst for power knows no bounds…
Review- We finish up the intro to Shishio and his plans for Japan in this volume and so much more gets done. Kenshin's sword gets broken so he has a new quest before he can take on Shishio. The fight scenes are over-the-top but they are more serious too. Shishio is not playing with Kenshin. Kenshin is a symbol of the New Japan and Shishio wants to destroy Japan and that means Kenshin too. Sano gets lost on the road to Kyoto and gets some training from a mysterious monk that we will see again. Kenshin and Saito some how manage to work together and not try to kill each other. Kaoru and Yahiko get to Kyoto. All the pieces are in place but it's too soon for the battle. So maybe we will get some character development in the next volume. With all the plot going on, I am missing seeing Kenshin and company grow and change. But more fights, more drama, and hopefully more fun ahead.
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.