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Title: The Mask Restored
Series: Shaman King #18
Author: Hiroyuki Takei
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Format: Digital Copy
Yoh saves Team Ren from being annihilated by the minions Hao. The corrupt Patch officiant orders the rest of the minions to attack but they refuse when Ryu and Faust show up. Ren appears to be so far gone that not even Faust can save him. Yoh foresaw this possibility and dispatched Manta to get Lady Jean of the X-Laws. Unfortunately, while willing to help Ren, Lady Jean’s terms are that Yoh must withdraw from the fight.
At the same time Anna and Co are confronted by a trio of shaman fighters. Anna tells Jun Tao to deal the trio and Bailong shows the fruits of his training. Tricks ensue on both sides. Anna leaves the fight to escort 2 young shamans to their fight. Turns out their dad was killed on Christmas Eve 3 years ago for the presents he was taking home. That means it was Jocco who did it. Drama is definitely going to ensue.
While Anna is escorting the 2 young shamans, Tamao and Jun face the Witch trio and are overwhelmed. Only the timely appearance of Mikihisa (Yoh’s dad) saves the day and he explains the power of the young shamans and how terrible it is.
I enjoyed this more than the previous volume. This had a good bit more fighting and while there was still a LOT of exposition, it was mixed into the fights instead of the characters standing around.
It would appear that Yoh accepts Lady Jean’s terms to save Ren and that pisses off Horohoro for some reason. He and Jocco stomp off and it is pretty obvious they’re going to have fight the young shamans Anna is shepherding at some point.
The end of the volume with Mikihisa lecturing all the girls and pretending to be their dad made me grin. He gives them little slaps while dispensing “dad” advice. Of course, the Witch trio don’t listen to him and attack him. Too bad for them!
- The Shamanic Oracle (Book 17)
- Trust No One (Book 16)
- Northern Pride (Book 15)
- The Tortured Princess (Book 14)
- Return of Faust (Book 13)
- All My “Shaman King” Reviews