Today's post is on Rurouni Kenshin volume 17 by Nobuhiro Watsuki. It is 208 pages long and is published by Shonen Jump. The cover has Kenshin on it looking very cool. It is the seventeenth volume in the long running series. You have to have read the first sixteen 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- The madness of Shishio Makoto may know no bounds, but what of his body? An eleventh-hour revelation suggests a possible weakness, but will the news come in time to help a critically wounded Kenshin, whose own strength is reaching its limit? In this new era of Meiji, it's getting harder and harder to tell the innocents from the outlaws. Perhaps, as Kenshin says, it should be for history to decide which side was right, and which side was wrong. The time for hitokiri such as Kenshin and Shishio has passed; let not the man decide the age...but the age, the man.
Review- The Kyoto Arc is done. Kenshin holds true to his vow but Shishio kills himself in the end. All the side characters get a chance to go at Shishio and Shishio's final men get their chance too. Kenshin would have killed Shishio because Shishio makes him that angry by killing Yumi. Kenshin saw Kaoru in her and Shishio killing the woman who loved him just to get at Kenshin was more than he could stand. In the end Shishio's own body turns on him and he kills himself in a round about way. Kenshin also keeps his promise to Miaso that he will bring Aoshi back to her. The volume ends a month later with Kenshin mostly healed up and everyone getting ready to go back to Tokyo. I did enjoy this arc but I am glad to moving on the next thing.
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.