Chapter 053: Big-Headed Wheel
Kanji 大首車
Rōmaji Daikubi Kuruma
English Big-Headed Wheel
Other Information
Volume Volume 6
Release Date February 18, 2005
Episode Episode 23:In Pursuit of the Legitimate Heir
Cover Characters Yoshimori Sumimura; Gen Shishio

Big-Headed Wheel (大首車, Daikubi Kuruma) is the 53rd chapter of the Kekkaishi Manga written and illustrated by Yellow Tanabe.


Yoshimori and Madarao rush through the school, tracking an Ayakashi with the goal of destroying it before Gen Shishio does. They are drawn by a sound, which Gen also hears from outside. A large wheel suddenly rolls at Yoshimori at high speed, easily slicing through his defensive Kekkai and gouging out the floor. Yoshimori dives into a classroom to avoid the next attack. The wheel follows, revealing itself to be Ookubiguruma, a giant face in the middle of the wheel. It asks if Yoshimori is a Kekkaishi, then crashes through the classroom, shredding the desks in its way. Yoshimori realizes he won't have enough room to fight and dives back into the hallway. Gen crashes through a nearby window, and races to attack from behind as the Ayakashi emerges. However, the Ayakashi spins in place, blocking his attack. The Ayakashi says it has no business with him since he isn't a Kekkaishi. Gen quickly bounces between the floor, walls, and ceiling until he adjusts to the Ayakashi's speed and kicks it in the face, knocking it outside again. Yoshimori is annoyed because he will have to repair all the damage.

The Ayakashi manages to fly, and Gen leaps onto it to stop it from spinning. Yoshimori realizes the gouges he saw earlier were from something embedded in the wheel, just as spikes emerge from the wheel and slash Gen, knocking him away. Yoshimori is concerned, but Madarao tells him not to worry and focus on the Ayakashi instead.

Tokine catches Gen with a Kekkai. Gen tries to get up, but Tokine tells him that Yoshimori can handle things. Gen decides to watch as Yoshimori engages the Ayakashi, though with much the same results as before. Gen continues to move despite Tokine's protests, but she suddenly realizes the wound is gone. Yoshimori suddenly becomes confident and slams the Ayakashi from the side with a Kekkai. Gen realizes Yoshimori was guaging the Ayakashi's strength until he found an opening. He suspects that Yoshimori is the type of person that can evolve in the middle of a fight. Yoshimori finds that until he inflicts more damage, the Ayakashi will continue to escape from his Kekkai. Yoshimori notices Gen is back on his feet and tells him not to worry. Gen realizes that Masamori assumed he would get along with Yoshimori because they fight the same way.

Characters (in order of appearance)



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