Manga Reviews

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Otogi Matsuri

Otogi Matsuri
Licensed by Comic Park Media

Topic: Supernatural

Warning: Gore

This story takes place in Miyakono Town, where a murder has just taken place. There is insufficient evidence to discover the culprit although there are rumors that a huge monster is responsible.

Yousuke is eating lunch one day when he accidentally bumps into a small shrine, breaking it. At that moment a bright flash enters his body. It turns out to be a Jingi (sacred weapon) known as Suzaku's Bow. He uses this new found power to help protect the new transfer student, named Inaba Yomogi. But the price of being able to weild this power is that it cost him his future. Yomogi, who is the only other person with the spiritual power to see the Jingi says this might mean Yousuke will die soon.

To prevent this from occuring, Yousuke must defeat the 12 Kensoku (demonic creatures representing the balance of ying and yang) which are beginning to attack the town. To help him are three other people, also cursed with Jingi. Will they succeed in time? Or will all their sacrifices be for naught?

I love the art for this series, the characters are very expressive and the backgrounds are gorgeous. The plot moves along at a steady pace, sacrificing backstory in favor of current action. This is not a critique against the story though, there is no need for a backstory because all the relevant events began when the manga began.

Rating: 9.5/10.0 -- Reviewer's Choice


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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:46 AM  

  • This manga is a bit gorier than I usually read, but it's very good - lots of action *and* character development! Now I just hope it doesn't get dragged out too long, and that it has a good ending....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:49 AM  

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