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Blue Exorcist, Volume 2

Shocked by the death of his foster father and the revelation that his real father is the demon Lord Satan, Rin Okumura enters the True Cross Academy to learn to be an exorcist. But every great exorcist has to start somewhere, and for the students of the academy the first step is the Exwire examination. To prepare for the exam, the new pages in Yukio’s class must undergo intensive training. Rin and his classmates have their hands full when a demon appears, but is this a test or something more sinister?

Review

I’m not entirely sure that I wrote a blog review about the first volume in this series, but I must say I didn’t particularly rate it. I gave it three stars on goodreads as it was okay. It wasn’t bad and I would recommend it, but it wasn’t particular brilliant either. It took me a long time to pick up the second one but I had decided I would, just to be sure it was just an introductory blimp.

Fortunately, it was. This volume shone in ways that the other hadn’t. While I was reading the first volume I felt as though I was being retold the story of Dante and Virgil, however there was no feeling on that in this volume. It definitely stood on its own and stood apart from the others. It was good enough for me to want to pick up volume three, if it wasn’t for the fact that I currently have two other manga to read I definitely would have done!

Volume 2 deals more with Rin & Yukio’s experiences in the school and Rin trying to decide how much he needs the education in order to achieve what he wants. However, it’s not all about him. We learn a lot about his classmates in this volume and I thought Shiemi came into her own and the introduction of Izumo and Ryuji along with their development was very interesting read. Overall, a massive improvement on the other volume and makes me want to recommend this series even more!

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