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Blue Exorcist, Volume 1Blue Exorcist, Volume 1 by Kazue Kato

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rin, a young man, has been raised by Father Fujimoto, an exorcist. Rin doesn’t really believe in demons but he does love the priest who’s been the only father Rin, and his fraternal twin, Yuki have ever known. Rin is the athletic, brawling type with questionable scholarly abilities. Yuki has been sickly and brilliant all his young life. He wants to be a doctor and Rin will do whatever it takes to shield his ‘weaker’ brother.

Unfortunately for Rin, demons aren’t only real but he runs smack against his heritage leading to a massive fight with Fujimoto. Rin and Yuki are the sons of Satan but only Rin inherited his father’s demonic nature. Yuki was too weak for it even in the womb. Fujimoto passes the Koma sword to Rin for safe keeping with the warning that if the boy were draw the sword he would never be fully human again and the exorcists will destroy him.

Naturally, the moment those words hit the air, Rin finds himself in a situation where there is no choice but to draw the sword. In the terrible aftermath, Rin makes the exorcists a deal, train him to be one of them and gain a powerful asset against Satan. He’s taken under the exorcists, Mephisto Pheles’s wing (yes, yes I know, just go with it) and is taken to True Cross Academy boarding school along with Yuki. Rin is faced with how to hide his true nature and to keep the demons away from his ‘little’ brother. He quickly learns that this will be harder than expected.

In this introduction to the series, I’d have to say it’s pretty standard Shonen fare. It’s very nicely drawn. Rin and Yuki are full realized characters. It’s too early to tell if it’s going to be the demon of the day sort of story or if there’ll be a more cohesive story arc. I suspect the latter. It’s interesting enough to get the next one.

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