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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-49897-7
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: KageTora

KageTora Vol. #10

By Matthew Alexander     September 20, 2008
Release Date: July 22, 2008


KageTora Vol.#10
© Del Rey

Kagetora better be a little worried about his current situation as both his father and Yuki’s mother praise the job he’s doing.

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Akira Segami
Translated by:Satsuki Yamashita
Adapted by:Nunzio DeFilipis and Christina Weir

What They Say
Kagetora the ninja is in love with his master's daughter, Yuki. But Kagetora's strong sense of duty has kept him from confessing his feelings... until now. He has decided that nothing's more important than love, and he's ready to tell Yuki just how he feels. But does sharing his feelings for Yuki mean that Kagetora can 't be her ninja trainer any longer?

The Review
Normally, having your parent and or your boss praise the work you are doing is a good thing.  However, for Kagetora both their words of encouragement are out of the ordinary.  Do they suspect there is something intimate going on between Kagetora and Yuki?  If they do, Yuki’s mother could banish him back to Hoorai Village forever, or Kagetora’s father could go so far as to force him to commit sepaku for disgracing the family.  Well, Kagetora is just going to have to hide his love for Yuki from everyone around him.

It has been a long time coming, but Kagetora’s confession of love for Yuki is refreshing.  So, I guess this should be the end of the series, right?  Certainly watching Yuki and Kagetora be lovey-dovey isn’t interesting, so what could keep this series going?  Competition.  A female ninja from Hoorai Village appears under orders from Yuki’s mother.  Kaya has been ordered to act as oyakume to Yuki, but she hasn’t been ordered to replace Kagetora.  He sees her appearance as a direct challenge to his position and figures she is spying on his ability to act as oyakume.  Kagetora and Yuki are in a real bind now with Kaya around.  It is one thing for the love birds to hide their kisses from people around them, but a whole different thing to hide it from another oyakume who can’t leave Yuki’s side.

While this volume is not as entertaining as the last, it is still better than most in this series.  Something I have noticed over the last few volumes is the more mature facial features Kagetora and Yuki are being drawn with.  It has been three years since Kagetora became her oyakume, so I think it is a nice style change the artist has implemented.  I am curious to see how this new oyakume competition between Kagetora and Kaya will play out.  Things could get real ugly for the new lovers if Kagetora is banished from his family and forced to fight for his life and love.  Actually, that would be awesome!  This series could get a whole lot better in the future.

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