The goodwill tournament continues between the Kyoto and Tokyo jujutsu schools but it becomes clear very quickly that the Kyoto students have been given orders to kill Itadori. Todo, a strong student from the Kyoto school, takes Itadori on and challenges him to rethink what he knows about how he harnesses cursed energy The students square off against each other instead of fight the demons that have been released around the arena. We learn of Panda’s true nature and what makes him so special as he battles a student from Kyoto who has a similar situation. Maki and Mai come face to face and they use the battle to settle a familial dispute that has been raging for years.
The illustrations become more polished in this volume, which I appreciate, but I’m still waiting for the characters to have some individual voicing. Everyone sounds the same. From this volume, Todo stands out as an interesting character with humorous voicing and some fun motivations, but most of the secondary characters sound and feel very similar. As they start to get their own stories and their own feature fights, they might start to have individual voicing, but after reading Demon Slayer where Gotouge gave room for every character to be unique, this series struggles with giving characters space and making me care about them. The magic system also requires a lot of explanation and is pretty confusing when it does, so that pulls me out of the main story often.
Sara's Rating: 7/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: August 4, 2020
ISBN: 9781974714810 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Demons, School Life, VIZ Media
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