Ninja and animal lover Jiro Azuma’s life is changed forever when he finds himself in the middle of a war of ninjas vs. demons.
Jiro Azuma is descended from of a long line of shinobi, and he also can talk to animals. One day, he rescues a very unique black cat named Rago, a supernatural being, and is dragged into a secret supernatural war.
There’s a new squad at the Bureau of Espionage—code name: Black Torch. The squad, run by Shiba, consists of Jiro, Ichika and one more rookie named Reiji Kirihara. However, Reiji has no intent of working with a guy who fused together with a demon! Will this squad ever be able to work together?
This volume goes a little bit more into the organizational structure of Bureau of Espionage, as well as the introduction of another member into Black Torch, and also giving a glimpse into the past for two of its members. Consisting of three main chapters, the first devotes itself to introducing Reiji Kirihara and having a showdown between him and Jiro, the second about the first mission of the squad and the third their first training session with another mononoke.
The most interesting part was the third chapter, which had us looking into the pasts of Reiji and Ichika, both of whom are from illustrious shinobi lines, and their motivations for joining the Black Torch. On the other hand, while we don’t get a glimpse into it, the story suggests there’s more to their chief, Shiba, than what he appears on the outside. For now, the squad is focusing on investigating Rago’s awakening and what are the motives of the mononoke who did it. The part I didn’t like was the first chapter, which had this flashy duel between Jiro and Reiji on some silly manly principles. And I am tiring fast of Jiro’s fists-forward approach to solving problems, instead of talking it over.
Overall, it is getting interesting but I am not liking our protagonist. Heck, I am on the side of that mononoke – why is Rago being wasted on him!
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media, via Edelweiss.
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