|▪||RELEASED BY:||VIZ MEDIA|
|▪||AUTHOR / ART:||HIROYUKI TAKEI|
|▪||FORMAT:||JAPANESE / B&W|
|▪||REVIEWED BY:||MARGARET VEIRA|
During a fight with some of Hao’s underlings and some rogue Patch, Tao Ren is nearly killed, Horohoro’ s mana is almost spent, and Joco is very beat up. Just as the underlings are about to finish them off, Yoh comes in with oversoul blazing! Yoh convinces Hao’s supporters to back off while Manta gets the only person who could save Ren. Will Yoh have to pay a terrible and painful price to get the help he needs?
Meanwhile, in a forest, two children, Redseb and Salerm, wait for Yoh’s father, Mikihisa (Mickey) Asakura, so they can go to their shaman fight. While waiting, three girls in Hao’s employ come to take their souls. Luckily, Anna, Jun and Tamao, who are in the area, help the children get away. Anna takes the children, while Tamao and Jun hold Hao’s girls off. The girls prove tough to beat, but the cavalry does show up in the form of Mickey. Will he be enough to turn the tables?
The children do have an interesting back story as to why Mickey teamed with them. Mickey also seems to have his own agenda on how to even up the odds so it would be less likely that Hao would win. Will his strategy work? And will he and his team make their shaman fight on time?
The art and dialogue is great as usual. The comical parts are very amusing and needed as the story progresses to the final fight.
Difficult decisions and daring action abound in this latest volume of Shaman King!