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  • Art Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: AW Productions
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 1-58655-653-3
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Kamunagara Vol. #02

By Eduardo M. Chavez     May 17, 2006
Release Date: January 18, 2005


Kamunagara Vol.#02
© AW Productions


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Yamamura Hajime
Translated by:Yuki Uragawa
Adapted by:

What They Say
Hitaka Kugaya continues to battle the "Intruders," still an unknown entity to him. Although he manages to avenge his murdered aunt, he is racked with guilt over the possessed humans he has had to "purify"... and swayed by the words of "Intruder" Tsubasa Saino.

Just then, the detectives investigating his aunt's homicide discover him in possession of Himuka, the sword, and ask both Hitaka and Kanata to accompany them to the police station for questioning. But before they get very far, they are attacked by yet another "Intruder."

The Review
Hitaka doesn't completely get what is happening to his life, but it seems like the whole world has flipped around him. His aunt has been killed. There are strange people after him. The cops think he might be involved in a string of murders. Then there is this strange sword and mirror that have become the source of his problem. Demons or whatever are showing up everywhere; seriously, nothing makes sense any more. Hitaka is going to quickly learn the scope of what he has been caught up in. There are many more changes coming, but he is going to adapt just as quick. I hope that everything and everyone else in his life will adapt just as quick.

What was easily one of the more confusing starts to a manga, Kamunagara continues to be a big mess but the pieces for success are there. What makes Yamamura's story interesting is the level of intensity. This is a title where tension and action is everywhere. Look at the level of intensity and stress in the faces of the cast. I almost feel that if these teens make it to their 30's they will be one wrinkly bunch; because the tension marks on their eyes and foreheads never seem to go away. Yamamura has these kids in trouble at school, at home and in public. There is no time to stop and take a breath. For a title as confusing as this that could be a positive. Yamamura also tries to create moments for readers to sympathize with his leads but I would rather get to know them better. I wish that could be said about the antagonists in this title. I have no clue who the enemy is after two volumes, but we know those guys are dangerous and sure look nerdy (they almost like they are stressing over cram school more than stressing over how to kill Hitaka demonslayer).

Right now, this title really feels as if it is Hitaka and Kanata versus the world... Maybe there is some hope for this title after all.

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