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Rasetsu, Vol. 4 Paperback – March 2, 2010
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While she is looking for her true love, much of her life is also taken up by her job. She's a psychic working as an exorcist with other psychics at the Hiichiro Amakawa Agency. Two of her coworkers, Yako and Kuryu, seem like likely candidates for the whole love thing.
But it can't be that simple. On one hand, Rasetsu is set up with a series of stories dealing with various exorcisms. Alongside this is the thread that permeates throughout-- being able to defeat the demon. Rasetsu looks for her love at the same time she wonders if her powers will be enough to defeat the demon by the time she turns twenty.
While initially the exorcism stories were of more importance, they now feel as if they've taken a back seat to the Kuryu-Yako-Rasetsu love triangle. The exorcisms are still there, of course, but the relationship stuff is increasing in importance. Rasetsu decides she loves Yako, but Kuryu declares he loves Rasetsu. Rasetsu turns Kuryu down, and when she confesses her feelings to Yako, he doesn't give her a direct answer. He's been in love with a dead girl and Rasetsu's convinced he'll never love anyone else. Originally I preferred Kuryu over Yako for her pick, but in these volumes a new, disturbing side of him is being shown. That changes things.
Volume three started out not feeling up to par with earlier volumes, since the characters' biggest problem is getting out of a stuck elevator. By the end of the volume, though, things had really picked up.Read more ›
We learn a little bit about Kuryu's tragic past in this volume, leading to sympathy on the parts of both Rasetsu and Yako. The animosity between Kuryu and Yako is far greater, with Kuryu seeing Yako as a threat to his chances with Rasetsu. Kuryu is willing to play dirty to get what he wants, while Rasetsu is oblivious to their fighting, thinking they're great buddies. She has her own problems with Yako, whom she confesses to, but with less than satisfactory results. After traumatic events on her birthday, Kuryu reveals to her his feelings, leaving the volume with a bit of a cliffhanger.
As for the actual events, everyone in the agency ends up trapped in an elevator, in part due to Kuryu's meddling. Yako falls sick and is too weak to keep his shields up, leaving Rasetsu and a reluctant Kuryu to help. An arsonist is haunted by a ghost of someone he accidentally killed, which leads to Rasetsu being out at midnight on her 19th birthday, where a very unwelcome visitor shows up.
This is the best volume by far, with everything becoming more interesting and more intense. If you've been meaning to pick up Rasetsu, this should be the kick to get you involved.