89. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 2

Riku vs. Gyuki by Hiroshi Shiibashi (Canada) - (US)
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 2

Pages: 191
Ages: 13+
Finished: Apr. 7, 2011
First Published: 2008, Japan (Apr. 5, 2011 English)
Publisher: viz media
Genre: YA, manga, fantasy
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

Squee! Seiya you finally came over -
Geez, we waited for you forever!!

Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

This book isn't quite as good as the first one, being much shorter and taking place mostly away from the Yokai Clan's house. Only a handful of the enormous cast introduced in volume one is carried over into this volume as main characters, with small cameo spots from some others. Story wise the plot is wrapped up from book one with the rat-like yokai Kyuso clan. Now the Gyuki clan are after Nura. He goes along with his friends as they go into the mountains where Kiyotsugu, the wealthy boy, and head of the "Paranormal Patrol" takes them to his family's lavish home. Here they leave the girls in the hot springs while they go exploring for yokai. Of course Nura is just along to make sure no one gets hurt. The Gyuki clan plan to wipe them all out then Gyuki himself will take out Nura. Lots of battling and excitement follow along with humour. There are some tense moments and what Gyuki's actual plan *is*, reveals itself at the end as he goads Nura on. Great series with humour, action, great characters and a never ending supply of 'bad guys'. Ending mid-action, the wait for vol. 3 is close enough (June) to keep me excited.


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