SHAMAN KING VOL. 22

Posted On June - 28 - 2009
  RELEASED BY:   VIZ MEDIA
  AUTHOR / ART:   HIROYUKI TAKEI
  FORMAT:   JAPANESE / B&W
  PAGES:   192
  RATING:   T
  RELEASE DATE:   06/02/2009
  REVIEW DATE:   06/28/2009
  REVIEWED BY:   MARGARET VEIRA



After Ryu fought his hardest against some of the strongest of Hao’s henchmen, Yoh rushed to help save him, but another team got there first.  This team is beyond any other team so far, with extremely powerful spirit allies.  When Ryu tried to thank them, they stated that they came because someone else asked them to.  Ryu also realized how close he came to becoming a spirit himself.

Meanwhile, Mickey Asakura, Yoh’s father, had a nice quiet picnic with the children under his care.  During that, the Golem, piloted by one of the children attacked Mickey, and left for dead.  Then the Golem, with the girl, Salerm , as pilot and the boy, Ludsev, as a rider.  It goes in search of their father’s killer to exact revenge.  It does and you will never guess who the killer is.

When the killer of the children’s father is revealed, the killer has an intense inner and outer battle to convince the children that he has changed for the better.  That he tries to lead a better life.  That he never will forget what he did all that time ago.  During this fight, Yoh shows up and gets severely hurt, right before Hao shows up to have his Fire spirit consume the Golem with Salerm still inside.  While this is going on, an interesting and potentially deadly twist is revealed about Salerm and the spirit of her father.  How could he do that to his own daughter??

The art is excellent and very expressive, as usual, in this volume, and this one is crucial to the storyline at hand.  It makes you want to know more of what is happening right away!  Now, now, now!! With no waiting involved!  The action scenes are especially vivid in detail and expression.  In some scenes, when Yoh is angry (which happens very rarely, but quite justified in this volume), you can feel the anger emanating from the page!  It feels so real!  The comedic parts are still there and interspersed perfectly throughout the volume to relieve some of the tension.


IN SUMMARY:
The tension mounts as some of the most intense fights of the series draws near!  A not-to-be-missed volume!

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