InuYasha 30 by Rumiko Takahashi: B+

From the back cover:
Evil Kagura and demonic baby Hakudoshi are searching for the border between the afterworld and this world, where it is said that the last Shikon Jewel shard lies. Inuyasha and the others are also doing everything they can to recover the last shard. Could it be that Inuyasha and Kagome have been to this border before?!

So far, this arc with Hakudoshi is shaping up to be a lot more interesting than the Band of Seven storyline. It’s not that Hakudoshi himself is anything particularly special, but the fact that this is supposedly a race to retrieve the last of the shikon shards makes the stakes much higher. The volume ends with the team learning how to pass the border and I have good hopes for the story ahead.

Something else of great significance happens in this volume, and it surprised me a good deal. Before the Hakudoshi plot really ramps up, the gang hears a legend about a group of ogre women and goes to investigate. Sango and Miroku take the center stage for these chapters and much coolness ensues, including a battle between them (when Sango comes under a demon’s control) and some revelations that I never thought would actually be made. Granted, it doesn’t seem to’ve made much difference in the ensuing chapters, but it’s a step.

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