SHAMAN KING VOL. 21 (ADVANCE REVIEW)

Posted On March - 2 - 2009
  RELEASED BY:   VIZ MEDIA
  AUTHOR / ART:   HIROYUKI TAKEI
  FORMAT:   JAPANESE / B&W
  PAGES:   192
  RATING:   T
  RELEASE DATE:   03/03/2009
  REVIEW DATE:   03/02/2009
  REVIEWED BY:   MARGARET VEIRA



Lady Jeanne, commonly known as the Iron Maiden, prepares to bring Ren back to life.  Before she does, Ren’s soul tries to tell Bason to stop her.  Apparently, he doesn’t want to live if the price for his life makes Yoh withdraw from the tournament.  But Yoh has paid the price, so Lady Jeanne gets on with it.  Her second in command, Marco, has different ideas.  He thinks Ren should stay dead and stands there with a gun to his head in order to kill him as soon as he wakes up.  Something does happen that prevents the ritual to be completed, but it ended up to be a good thing.

Meanwhile, Horohoro is feeling incredibly down because he thinks he is not strong enough to win.  He goes off by himself to shake off the desolate feeling, and finds a fight between the Ice Men and some of Hao’s goons.  He tries to help them but starts to fail miserably.  Then his father shows up and now one sees where Horohoro gets his skill and determination from.   His sister begs their father to help him, but his father believes in people fighting their own battles, win, lose or die.  That actually strengthens Horohoro’s resolve to win. 

After the fight seems to be over, one of the X-Laws, Lysberg, comes to the beach where the fight with the goons was, and retaliates with his new spirit ally.  The new ally happens to be one of the most powerful spirits one can find.  The only problem with that was the Lysberg’s retaliation was very brutal.  Hao’s henchmen then decided to counterattack in kind.  Will innocent people get hurt this time?

The art is as good as always with loads of action and detail.  The storyline is reaching its climax by starting to show the characters’ strengths and how they propose to get stronger as the story goes on.  The friendships of the characters are becoming deeper in the sense of loyalty and respect.


IN SUMMARY:
The dead come alive and friendships are tested to the utmost in this latest volume of Shaman King!

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