The beginning of a new week can only mean one thing: time for new Weekly Shonen Jump! This is where Jacob investigates the latest and greatest in the magazine, telling you what’s worth your time and what’s not. You can find coverage of other series under the tag Jump Time. Here’s Ayakashi Triangle chapter 38.
Any sane person reading Ayakashi Triangle week to week probably thought, ‘You know what this series needs? A magical Russian loli.’ At least, that’s what I thought, and Kentaro Yabuki delivered: chapter 38 isn’t the first introduction of said loli, but is the best opportunity to discuss how Ayakashi Triangle has benefitted from her addition.
Up until now, the series has focused almost exclusively on Japanese folklore: including the titular ayakashi, but also tsukumogami and other types of yokai. That’s been entertaining enough, but wouldn’t it be even cooler if the series didn’t artificially limit its scope to just creatures from Japan? The addition of Snegu-Rochka (Rochka for short, a snow spirit from Russia) back in chapter 36 opened the door to much more variety in the future, alongside Garaku’s excuse ‘In this global era, it’s not surprising to see foreign ayakashi around.’
In any case, Ayakashi Triangle chapter 38 is the second part of an operation started last week to capture Rochka and find out where she is causing mischief from, given that neither Matsuri nor Suzu can track her down. As it turns out, she’s working in tandem with another ayakashi, Ungaikyo (Ungai for short, native to Japan this time) to move in and out of mirrors and evade capture. To cut a long story short, Matsuri and Suzu are consequently pulled into a mirror world.
Here, we come to the real meat of Ayakashi Triangle chapter 38: a snowball fight between our main characters and the pesky Russian snow spirit. The conditions are that if either Matsuri or Suzu can hit Rochka once with a snowball, they win: this seems pretty easy at first, but quickly turns out to be harder than first thought given that Ungai can control anything and everything in its mirror world.
What follows is actually a pretty competent battle scene, where Matsuri must use her innate affinity with the wind to track Rochka’s movement. Of course, Rochka isn’t too happy about this, and ends up going berserk, further ticked off by Ungai’s claim that she’s ‘worthless.’ As a result, the conflict isn’t settled in Ayakashi Triangle chapter 38 just yet, but caps off in a satisfactory fashion.
Once again, Ayakashi Triangle chapter 38 proves that this series isn’t simply just ecchi nonsense. Sure, it does have that slightly antiquated dimension, but there is much to discover beneath the surface. And if a loli acts as your catalyst to do so, then so be it.
You can read Ayakashi Triangle chapter 38 for free via VIZ Media.