KageTora Vol. #02 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, July 10, 2006
Release Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Translated by:Akira Tsubasa
What They Say
The young ninja Kagetora has been given an important duty: to serve with a family of skilled martial artists. He isn't asked to be a bodyguard. Instead, he will tutor the heir to the family fortune, the charming but clumsy Yuki. But Kagetora finds himself falling in love with his charge - the ultimate dishonor for a ninja.
Things get tricky when Kagetora's childhood friend and fellow ninja Sakuya arrives. She intends on getting close to her childhood crush, which complicates the already tangled situation between Kagetora and Yuki. And then a trip to Kagetora's hometown threatens to reveal Kagetora's past - and his true feelings!
Kagetora is still trying to guard and perform as tutor to Yuki, and as a ninja he's completely qualified for the job. The problem is keeping his hormones and crush on her under control and out of sight. This is certainly proving more difficult for Kagetora and to make things even more complicated a woman from his past has just arrived. The unannounced visitor is Sakuya, a ninja girl from Kagetora's home village. Not only are the two childhood friends, but Sakuya is tall, sexy and adept at martial arts. In other words, everything Yuki is not. Sakuya claims she's just come to visit her old friend, but it's more of a personaly fact finding mission. She really wants to check up on him, seeing as how she has strong feelings for Kageotora and pretty much thinks they're meant to be together.
The interaction between the three characters begins to reveal the possibility that Yuki may have her own crush on Kagetora. Unfortunately for him, Yuki displays her feelings as jealousy instead of openly flaunting her affection like Sakuya. Yuki's attitude towards Kagetora quickly bums him out and with Sakuya around he eventually realizes that his ninja skills are beginning to suffer. So to Sakuya's satisfaction, he decides to travel home to Hoorai village for a training session. Yuki tags along for a little exposure to the everyday life experiences of ninjas, but along the way she discovers a few secrets about her guardian she didn't expect.
The interaction between Kagetora and the two girls is refreshing and helps a story that was beginning to play out like so many in this genre, with the exception that Kagetora isn't a perv of course. The trip to Hoorai was also good as it provided background information for Kagetora and some character development for Yuki. Another plus for this volume is that Del Rey corrected the centering problem seen in volume 1. The first volume had a problem with the art (and dialogue boxes) being too close to the spine and very difficult to read. This volume also has nice solid blacks, which has been a little hit and miss for various Del Rey titles recently.
Mania Grade: B
Art Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translatin Rating: A
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: Del Rey
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