Twin Star Exorcists Volume 3 focuses on two teenage exorcists named Rokuro and Benio. They are the “Twin Star Exorcists” who are fated to marry each other and give birth to a prophesied child.
Volume 3 begins with Benio’s reaction to learning the truth about how her older twin brother was killed, and this is compounded by Rokuro learning something about Benio. Rokuro doesn’t take this well, and is in pretty bad shape emotionally after this confrontation. With Rokuro skipping school, it’s not surprising that his childhood friend, Mayura, becomes worried about him.
Mayura runs into her father, who is also Rokuro’s mentor, Seigen. Unfortunately, it’s not a happy reunion, and the tension that comes forth during this scene becomes important for a scene that happens a little later in Twin Star Exorcists Volume 3.
After Mayura and Seigen’s scene, much of Volume 3 includes more revelations for both Rokuro and Benio, and each one increases the intensity of the emotional punch to the gut. But things really become emotional when Mayura is turned into a monster and it appears that her own father will have to kill her.
For a Shonen Jump title, Twin Star Exorcists Volume 3 has a much stronger emotional impact than I would have expected from a title being aimed at a teen male audience. But these emotional impacts have to take place in order for characters like Rokuro and Benio to develop and progress. While I wouldn’t say that these two characters are close friends by the end of the volume, they don’t seem to absolutely hate and loathe each other anymore, either.
The ending of this volume makes it clear that the action isn’t over yet, and that the emotional impact will be continuing in Volume 4. In fact, the fate of one of the characters is still unknown at the end of the volume, so what their fate ultimately ends up being will make a very strong impact on the progression of the characters and their story.
When it comes to the art, there isn’t much here to make it stand out from other similar manga series. But there are some well-drawn close-up panels of characters’ facial expressions. For example, on page 14, there’s a great drawing of Rokuro’s reaction right after his confrontation with Benio and Seigen.
Twin Star Exorcists shows a lot of potential, and I think that the series will appeal to manga readers who enjoy supernatural stories featuring characters who are still in junior high school. Readers who follow this series won’t want to miss Twin Star Exorcists Volume 3, in order to find out what happens between Rokuro and Benio and to learn what information is revealed about the characters and the world that they inhabit.
The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media