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Rasetsu, Vol. 9

Review

Rasetsu, Vol. 9

In the ninth and final volume of the series, main character Rasetsu has reached her twentieth birthday, the day that a demon has promised to take her away. The whole series has been building up to this point.

The demon told her that if she found her true love before this day, she would be spared. Recently in the series, it was brought up that it was odd a demon would give her an escape route. Furthermore, how exactly would she prove that she’s found her true love? Does unrequited love count? The other person would have to love her back, right? Right?
 
The book begins with a flashback, then quickly moves over to Rasetsu and the other main characters as her birthday starts. The first part of the book deals with the demon and how Rasetsu will be able to defeat it. It’s hard to discuss this without giving away too many parts of the story. It does seem to happen a little fast after the whole buildup going on in the previous eight books.
 
The second part of the book deals with Rasetsu trying to save a friend from the evils of the beyond. (Again, it’s best not to say whom, because that would give something away). The book ends with a bittersweet, melancholic, and spiritual note, as not all of the characters survive until the end. There is some ruminating on souls and what happens to people after they die. Rasetsu is often funny throughout the series, but the last volume is quite serious as things get wrapped up. There is a lot of action and not as much happening with characters’ personalities. And plenty of tears are shed before the final page, which, despite what happens, manages not to be a downer. Despite the loss of a character, it doesn’t feel like a cheat, as it sometimes does when one goes along with a story for a long time and then something bad happens.
 
Altogether, the series has been a fun ride. It’s been silly, flirtatious, sometimes dark, and pretty much always entertaining. The art style is attractive and in the shojo-field, though it’s not over-the-top. Rasetsu is a spunky and strong main character, adding to the appeal of the series.

Reviewed by Danica Davidson on July 13, 2012

Rasetsu, Vol. 9
by Chika Shiomi

  • Publication Date: June 7, 2011
  • Genres: Graphic Novel, Manga
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • ISBN-10: 1421539802
  • ISBN-13: 9781421539805