Blue Exorcist: Volume 15 manga review
By Leroy Douresseaux
April 26, 2016 - 21:34

Viz Media
Writer(s): Kazue Kato, John Werry
Penciller(s): Kazue Kato
Letterer(s): John Hunt, Primary Graphix
ISBN: 978-1-4215-8507-9
$9.99 U.S., $12.99 CAN, £6.99 U.K., 202pp B&W, paperback
Rating: T+ (Teen Plus)

Blue Exorcist Volume 15 cover image

Rated “T+” for “Older Teen”

After an argument with Father Fujimoto, the famous exorcist who is his foster father, Rin Okumura learns something shocking.  The Demon Lord Satan is his father.  Even after Satan suddenly appears and tries to drag him to hell, Rin is still determined to reject his demonic blood line.  He enrolls at True Cross Academy Private High School, in order to train to become an exorcist.  Rin’s twin brother, Yukio Okumura, already an exorcist, will be his instructor.

Blue Exorcist, Vol. 15 (Chapters 63 to 67) opens in the aftermath and cleanup of the operation against Professor Gedoin's diabolical dream town, Inari.  Izumo Kamiki meets her sister, but discovers that things cannot be as she hoped.  Plus, the truth about Renzo Shima, the supposed Illuminati spy, is revealed to Rin and company.

In the “Pink Spider,” story arc, Rin, Yukio, Konkomaru Miwa, Ryuji Suguro, Shiemi Moriyama, Izumo, and Shima find themselves whisked away from class.  Suddenly, they are before Sir Pheles Mephisto and the cult figure, Lewin “Lightning” Light.  It is time for an interrogation about who, what, when, where, and maybe whom.  Plus, Renzo knows something about Yukio.

THE LOWDOWN:  When reading the Blue Exorcist manga, I sometimes find myself thinking about the Harry Potter novels and films... to one extent or another.  This manga often focuses on conspiracies at a school of the supernatural, with a magical boy at the center.

Blue Exorcist Volume 15 wraps up the most recent Inari-centered conspiracy-melodrama.  Creator Kazue Kato immediately launches into several more, but that is what makes Blue Exorcist worth following, at least for me.  There is never a dull moment for those who want more intrigue than battle in their battle manga.

POSSIBLE AUDIENCE:  Readers looking for dark magic and action will want to try the Shonen Jump Advanced title, Blue Exorcist.


Rating: A/10

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