We finally learn all the secrets about the Impure King and what Bon’s father has been doing, including how some of this is tied to Rin. We learn the origin of the Koma Sword that binds Rin's power, although that bit is still a mystery. The Vatican sends Mephisto to collect Rin for using his blue flame back in Volume six, but Mephisto thinks it would be infinitely more amusing to watch Rin go against the Impure King. Rin starts to doubt his control and worries he will fully become a demon if he draws his sword again. But he needs to find his confidence again because Bon is going to need him when he goes up against the Impure King.
So the fight between Bon and Rin that has been building for three volumes wasn’t what I was expecting, but I really should have seen it coming. I read enough manga that I should know by now that Bon was more upset his friend didn’t trust him, and thinks Rin didn’t value their friendship, rather than upset about Rin being the son of Satan. The supporting cast is really starting to shine in these novels, especially Bon, Konekomaru, and Shiemi. The one we haven't really seen much of that I would like developed more is Izumo. After she lost her friend and established herself as too strong for any of her classmates, her progress has stalled. Hopefully, we will get some volumes and a storyline dedicated to her as we have for the Kyoto batch.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 10-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4, vol 5, vol 6
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Demons, Horror, School Age
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