Kamui wakes up under the eyes of Kotori who just felt an earthquake. At the same moment, Fuma and Sorata arrive. Kotori is confused and Sorata does not help her. During the dinner, Sorata wants to talk to Kamui in privacy. Fuma and Kotori accept and let them alone. Sorata tells Kamui that he tried to contact him earlier, but he was attacked by Daisuke and Arashi before. Kamui loses his temper and asks Sorata if he is with them. Sorata explains he is a monk from Koya mount and was sent by the hoshimi of his Shrine. Indeed he called Sorata by the intermediary of a goho. The hoshimi said that Kamui would return to Tokyo.
At the same moment, a storm starts above the Togakushi Shrine. Kyogo is here and remembers how the sacred sword is responsible of the death of his wife. In another place, Fuma and Kotori have a conversation about Kamui. Kotori is wondering about Kamui departure six years ago. Fuma remembers the discovery of his mother's corpse and how he tried to convince his sister that their mother died through illness.
Sorata tells Kamui that he knows Kamui lost a parent recently. Kamui, upset, attacks Sorata. But Sorata succeeds to calm down Kamui explaining that it was the hoshimi who told him about his mother. Kyogo, during this time, feels the introduction of an intruder inside his Shrine. A fight begins between the young intruder and Kyogo. Even if Kyogo fights with the sacred sword, the ribbon of the intruder is superior. Kamui and Fuma receive the call of the sword and go to the Shrine. But it was too late, the intruder kills Kyogo. He steals the sword, introduces himself as Nataku, who belongs to the seven angels and runs away. Fuma rushes towards his father. It is too late, Kyogo tries to reveal the secret about the link between his son and Kamui, but he dies before that.
|An improvement with the sophmore volume.||1 out of 1 user found this review helpful.|
In the prior volume of X/1999, we were introduced to Kotori, Fuma, and Kamui, three teenagers with entangled fates, with the world's ultimate destiny in their hands. In this volume, we learn a bit more about the three's back-story, and why Kamui had to leave in a hurry with his mother. We also learn a bit more about what the battle lines are, though we don't quite know who we, the reader, can trust yet.
This volume is, basically, mostly exposition. Characters explain back-story to other characters, with occasional flashbacks to illustrate various points. We do get few fight scenes here, but otherwise, most of this is exposition. Consequently, the momentum for this volume drags a little, since we have a lot of telling instead of showing.
This volume also heavily amps up the violence from the last volume, taking the story to about the same level as Blade of the Immortal, without going as far as Berserk. In particular, a character is seen in a flashback having essentially been exploded into bloody chunks. Considering that this story has a Teen + rating, and that the last volume wasn't nearly as violent, people unfamiliar with the series may be caught off guard with this volume.
Still, it's a slightly better volume. The art is still good, and the setting is fleshed out some more. Yes, it's exposition heavy, but they had to get this out of the way eventually. Hopefully CLAMP'll get all the exposition done early so they can focus on action in later volumes.