Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Blade of the Immortal: Volume 19: Badger Hole

by Hiroaki Samura, 162 pages

Rin and Dôa break into the sprawling Edo Castle complex to find missing Manji and Isaku. But surviving long enough to find their friends, let alone make it back out again, may be harder than they thought.

Rin has grown from the naive girl she once was. She tries to rein in Dôa's kill-first-and-dispense-with-the-questions instincts and protect her at the same time. She plans things out a little more before jumping in head first. She understands the consequences of what she has done, and is willing to do, in her quest for revenge for her family and now for Manji's sake. I just hope she doesn't grow up too much anytime soon, because her idealism and optimism are much-needed rays of sunshine for the reader and Manji and everyone else around her. Chin up!

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