Today's post is on Rurouni Kenshin volume 14 by Nobuhiro Watsuki. It is 192 pages long and is published by Shonen Jump. The cover has Kenshin and villains on it looking very cool. It is the fourteenth volume in the long running series. You have to have read the first thirteen 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- As the Juppongatana or "Ten Swords" move to attack those at Aoi-Ya (Kaoru, Yahiko, Misao, and the rest of the Kyoto-based spy clan), Kenshin--accompanied by Sanosuke and Saitô--squares off against one of his most powerful opponents yet: Shinomori Aoshi, former Okashira or "head" of the Oniwabanshû. Bound by promises to both return Misao's "Aoshi-sama" to her safely, and to face Shinomori himself in a climactic, decisive battle, the time is now to learn once and for all who has the will to live, who has the will to die...and who has the will to fight.
Review- We begin with finishing Sano and Anji's fight. Sano makes him remember why he was kind in the first place. Anji warns them about what is to come and the heroes move forward. This volume has Saitô's first fight in it and it is the best in the volume. I like Saitô's fights because they are short. He just gets right to the point and does not hold back. Saitô does his thing and undermines his opponent by seeing through him. Then Saitô kills the guy by cutting him half. Saitô is not one for mercy, unlike Kenshin. Most of the volume is Kenshin's fight with Aoshi. They talk and fight and Aoshi comes back to himself at the end. The next volume will pick up with them. At the Aoi-Ya things are going to get rough but other than that nothing much happens there. This volume is really just one short fight some the beginnings of some long ones. No character development, no new plots twists, just over-the-top action but I still had a good time with it.
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.