|Chapter 024: Parting|
|Release Date||June 18, 2004|
|Episode||Episode 12: Sealing the Demon Dog|
|Cover Characters||Yoshimori Sumimura ; Madarao ; Kouya|
Parting (別離 "Betsuri" ) is the 24th chapter of the Kekkaishi Manga written and illustrated by Yellow Tanabe
With Kouya defeated, Madarao approaches him. Kouya tells Madarao that his poison is weak and that he should kill quickly. Honetaro, Uhosuke, and Nagao appear, threatening to interfere if anyone attempts to kill Kouya. Kouya tells them they are worthless and orders them to leave. Though they are reluctant to do so, Honetaro says the boss's orders are absolute, and thanks Kouya for being their leader. Kouya is amazed they are still loyal to him, even after he was cruel to them.
Honetaro and his friends leave, and Kouya demands that Madarao kill him. Madarao says he has no more power, and asks Yoshimori to do it. Kouya refuses to be finished off by a human. Madarao's power suddenly returns, allowing him to deliver a final blow. Kouya wonders why the number of humans never decreased, no matter how many he ate. He can't understand this, since they were so weak. Madarao tells him there are many kinds of strength, and that Kouya was strong. Yoshimori senses that Kouya's death seems to be accelerating, and wonders if this is Karasumori granting Kouya's wish to die. Kouya's dying wish is to return to his mountain home, and Madarao says he could never hate Kouya's honesty. Yoshimori destroys Kouya's body with a Kekkai. Tokine immediately throws him a bag filled with the charms that composed Madarao's collar, and tells him to reseal Madarao quickly. Hakubi warns him that Madarao might die without it.
Characters (in order of appearance)
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