Blue Exorcist, Vol. 1 by Kazue Kato

Overview: Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth – the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin’s veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. Can Rin fight demons and keep his infernal bloodline a secret? It won’t be easy, especially when drawing his father’s sword releases the demonic power within him!

My thoughts: I’m usually a sucker for exorcists and demons in manga. It’s why I enjoy Bleach and D. Gray Man. Blue Exorcist puts a spin on the exorcist part and has a demon exorcising demons. This volume takes a long time to develop, but the hidden secrets of characters can keep readers interested. The supporting characters have just as much beef to them as the main character. In particular, Rin’s brother’s secrets are explored in this volume, and the main character’s secrets are merely touched on. It seems he doesn’t know much about himself right now. Unfortunately, just as the plot is unfolding and the reader learns more about the characters, the volume ends. It’s a bit disappointing. This series has a lot of potential. I hope the next volume is better, though. I really like the premise of this story. It’d be better if it moved a bit faster, but I’ll find out if it goes faster once I read the next volume.

Besides that, the art is very nice with great facial expressions. The mangaka is very good at drawing details. I’m really looking forward to the next volume once I can buy it.

I found this volume for about $8 at Books-A-Million with the member’s card discount.

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