InuYasha 26 by Rumiko Takahashi: B+

From the back cover:
Inuyasha and friends encounter a strange mountain with mystical powers. The mountain is so sacred Kirara, Kikyo and Shippo can’t even set foot on it!

Meanwhile, the Army of Seven have resurrected their final member and now seek revenge on those responsible for their original deaths. Elsewhere Sesshoumaru is in pursuit of Kohaku when he too is refuted by the purity of the mountain. What is the secret of this mountain? And will the Army of Seven be more than a match for Inuyasha and crew?

I haven’t been very excited by the Band of Seven storyline in general, but things picked up a little in this volume. I must admit that my opinion is probably influenced by the fact that most of the ugly brothers are gone, and it’s just the bishies and the tank guy that just says, “Gyuh.” Suikotsu is my favorite, even though he doesn’t do much except have cool hair and Wolverinesque claws. The last brother, Bankotsu, is introduced, and livens things up a bit, too.

Near the beginning of the volume there are some nice moments between Inuyasha and Kagome, and then the action begins in earnest. It was well done and certainly helped pique my interest in this arc. I was hoping to see the momentum continue to build and possibly some swift and decisive dispatching of foes to keep the story rolling along at a brisker pace, but alas. It was not to be. Still, the volume ends at an interesting point in the story, and overall, I thought it was an improvement over the last one.

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