SHAMAN KING VOL. 12 (ADVANCE REVIEW)

Posted On April - 30 - 2007

 

PUBLISHED BY:

 

VIZ MEDIA

 

ART/AUTHOR:

 

HIROYUKI TAKEI

 

 

FORMAT/COLOR:

 

JAPANESE FORMAT / BW

 

PAGES:

 

200

 

RATED:

 

T

 

RELEASE DATE:

 

05/01/2007

 

REVIEW DATE:

 

04/30/2007

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

HOLLY ELLINGWOOD

 

 

 


Admittedly, it’s taken me a couple of volumes before really getting into Shaman King. However, once it catches you, you’re hooked. Borlis has our group of heroes right where he wants them and is getting ready to annihilate them once and for all. He gives Yoh a choice to walk away and save himself, but only if he’s willing to let his friends be killed. There’s no way Yoh would turn away from his friends, but it’s Ryu’s burning tenacity, as well as the friendship of the group, that save the day. However their trials are far from over as they meet with Team Angel, a powerful group out to stop Hao, and they’re willing to kill anyone who doesn’t measure up to their strict sense of righteousness!  

This volume is a fascinating blend of innovatively taking various points of history from around the world along with myths and cultural beliefs, and blending them into the character backgrounds of the story and people of Shaman King. These chapters highlight Borlis’ ordeal and the story of Vlad the Impaler and Dracula. This volume also gives us an inside look at Ryu’s past and how he became a Shaman. The most interesting telling point with the various characters was not only when they each risked their lives to defeat Borlis, but also later against Team Angel when Yoh refuses to relent and will not allow this powerful team to kill others. Yoh’s view of neutrality in this fight, refusing to take any extreme that involves taking lives, makes his position that much tougher but also so much more idealistic and noble than that of his rivals. This volume also has a brief look at Anna and a surprise meeting with Hao. Readers will definitely enjoy all the surprises and turns in this latest and quite absorbing volume of the hit manga.

Extras include a number of bonus pages that hold favorite character poll results, a look at the Patch Tribe, and a look at Wooden Sword Ryu.

IN SUMMARY:
Shaman King is a stirring manga series. It’s a great and involving story.

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