Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits Graphic Novel Volume 3 cover image
Rated “T” for “Teen”
Aoi Tsubaki inherited something great and terrible from her grandfather, Shiro, his ability to see the spirits known as ayakashi (yokai). Aoi also inherited his massive debt to the ayakashi, and now, she’s been kidnapped and taken to Kakuriyo (the spirit world) to settle that debt. Kijin a.k.a. “the Ōdana,” who is an ogre and the owner of the inn, “Tenjin-ya,” wants Aoi to marry him to settle the debt's her grandfather owes him... or she can be eaten by demons. But Aoi is determined to settle those debts on her own terms.
In Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Vol. 3 (Chapters 11 to 15), Aoi learns that she was not the only orphan that Shiro took in. He once rescued two spider demons, the siblings Akatsuki and Suzuran. Now, Suzuran wants to return to Utsushiyo (the human world), and her brother, Aktasuki, is furious. As she tries to reconcile the siblings, Aoi has to wonder what was Shiro up to.
[This volume includes a bonus story and end notes.]
THE LOWDOWN: The Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits manga was of interest to me because I am a fan of yokai manga. Luckily, my VIZ media representative continues to send me copies of the series for review.
Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits Graphic Novel Volume 3 is mostly about the actions of Shiro, although he only appears in flashback, as he is deceased. The exploration of Shiro primarily takes place via Aoi's search for answers about him and also via her bid to help the brother-sister duo, Akatsuki and Suzuran. Aoi is a cautious character, but she is curious. That curiosity will take us to many wonderful places in the world of Kakuriyo.
I READS YOU RECOMMENDS: Fans of yokai manga will want to read the Shojo Beat series, Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits.