Shaman Warrior Vol. #04 (Mania.com)

By:Matthew Alexander
Review Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Release Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2007



Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Park Joong-Ki
Translated by:Taesoon Kang & Derek Kirk Kim
Adapted by:

What They Say
As an infant Shaman Warrior, Yaki's powers have yet to awaken, but the heartless forces of Kugai are determined to kill her and put an end to her Shaman bloodline. While Batu slips back to Kugai to hunt Yuda, the Death Lord who assassinated Yaki's father, Genji takes the young girl on a treacherous journey through desert wastelands in search of a clan that will protect her.

The clan that Batu and Genji have in mind is a group of strong, brutish warriors who thrive on fear and discipline - and one that even the soldiers of Kugai fear and avoid. Hoping that these savages will both protect and train Yaki, Genji risks her life to deliver the young child into the hands of monsters.

The Review
Manly Manga 4 Manly Men.

That is the best way in the fewest words that I can describe this series. The fight scenes go on for pages in a flowing cinematic style and the brutality is impressive. At this point, the young Yaki is going to have to fight for herself or die in the harsh world she’s thrust into. Genji has taken Yaki to the Butcher Camps which is split into a Wrestler camp and an Assassin camp. As much as it appears to kill Genji, she leaves Yaki with the camp’s leader. The interaction between Genji and the leader is quite emotional as Genji admits she will return to her old lifestyle in order to pay for Yaki’s time at the camps in hopes of providing some level of protection for her. So if Genji was raised in the Assassin portion of the Butcher Camps, does that mean she’s going to go back to killing for money for Yaki’s sake?

Genji and Batu were raised in the Butcher Camps, and now that Yaki is confined there she has the unfortunate opportunity to learn how her protectors were raised. To move the story along, the author jumps into the future to the point where Yaki is now around thirteen. Not surprisingly, she hasn’t faired well during her time in the Assassin training camp. The training is brutal and the losing team in every competition goes without food for the day. Scrawny and close to being mentally broken, Yaki is struggling to survive everyday when she makes a bad decision that places her and her cohorts into a very dangerous situation deep in the Wrestler’s camp. With the Wrestlers learning Yaki’s a girl, does she have any chance of making it out of there alive? As a group of men living only for themselves, will the Assassin’s hatred for the Wrestlers force them to help Yaki or will they abandon her?

The Packaging for this title has often been slightly low because of the often times light printing. But this volume has great reproduction and the color picture of Genji on the inside of the front cover is beautiful. By the way, all the volumes have nice extras in the form of color pictures on the inside of the front and back cover.



Mania Grade: B
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: A-
Text/Translatin Rating: B+
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Released By: Dark Horse
MSRP: 12.95
Pages: 212
ISBN: 1-59307-819-6
Size: 5" x 7 3/8"
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Shaman Warrior (aka: Dangoo)