The first volume of Kurozakuro had an interesting premise brimming with interesting characters that made for an enticing read. Mikito had already begun to slowly lose himself to the ogre inside and in the process, readers were given a glimpse of what awaited him should he give in to the creature.
Volume 2 continues to remind readers of that fact, showing Mikito resolving to use his newfound powers for himself as well as for others despite the baiting of Zakuro. While this is all well and good, the hunters are of a different line of thinking, still seeing Mikito as a threat and a disaster waiting to happen. Forced into battle, Mikito does his best to convince them that he won’t give in to the ogre and an uneasy alliance is formed.
Unfortunately, the hunter’s cause for concern is realized when the ogre inside Mikito awakens, further isolating him from his friends and society. Even so, the hunters refuse to kill him, instead forcing him to accompany them wherever they go to better monitor him.
Natsume’s art compliments the series well. The clean lines and heavy inks lend an atmospheric feel to the series reminiscent of works by the likes of CLAMP and Kohta Hirano.
Kurozakuro’s premise of a young boy developing into a monster isn’t exactly unique, but Natsume’s handling of the characters and the duality between Mikito and his ogre self makes for a fascinating read. There are enough twists here to entice those bored with the standard shonen fare, but just the right amount of action to keep it under the shonen umbrella.