It’s not easy being the soul survivor of your clan when your own female ninja bodyguards are almost more dangerous than they are protective.
Writer/Artist: Hosana Tanaka
Translation: Andria Cheng
Adaptation: Andria Cheng
What They Say
Raizo is heir to the once-powerful Katana family, and his loyal and lethal new companions - a band of beautiful female ninjas - are determined to restore the family to power. That means the hopelessly dorky Raizo must marry a wealthy bride. But when Raizo's prospective fiancée is the victim of attempted murder, the prime suspects are none other than the lovely ninjas!
This volume finally introduces Raizo’s final kunoichi, Mizuchi. Mizuchi has been missing for quite awhile, and the other girls believed she had betrayed Raizo and joined the enemy. That isn’t far from the truth. Mizuchi is so enamored with Kagari, that she is willing to side with the enemy to make enough money to keep Kagari happy, even if it means betraying Raizo. This makes sense to a simple-minded person, but what Mizuchi fails to see is the fact that Kagari loves Raizo and would never forgive anyone that harmed him.
Kagari puts a stop to Mizuchi’s plan to off Raizo, but I have a feeling that won’t be the last we see of her. From here the story veers back to the character’s short-term goal of finding a princess for Raizo to marry. If he can marry into a wealthy family, he can position himself to bring his clan back to power. I think the only reason Kagari has gone along with this plan is because there hasn’t been a princess in sight. Unfortunately for her, this all changes when Mizuchi tips Raizo and his kunoichis off to the location of a young princess from a failing kingdom.
It takes some treachery on their part, but it doesn’t prove too difficult for Raizo to infiltrate the royal house and quickly become the bodyguard for the princess. I really enjoyed this storyline as it deviates from the kunoichi battles and focuses on the awkward romance between Raizo and the princess. Raizo quickly learns that the job of royalty is just as demanding as that of a farmer and more so than that of a samurai.
This volume of ‘Ninja Girls’ is not as funny as the first. Nevertheless, I am pleasantly surprised to see it is more than just catfights between scantily clad women. The protagonist, Raizo, is genuinely a likable guy with plenty of redeeming qualities. He isn’t a pervert taking advantage of his kunoichis and the fact that they would do anything for him. Nor is Raizo willing to step on people to reach his goals. He cares more about the feelings of those around him than he does about his own wellbeing. This volume explores those attributes through a cute, awkward romance between Raizo and the princess he has been tasked to protect.
I can’t deny the fact that this series uses attractive, scantily clad women at every opportunity. Still, ‘Ninja Girls’ successfully avoids the downfall of so many other shonen series that rely solely on the protagonists drive for revenge. Raizo is much more interested in finding people who will accept him than he is for building up his clan and some kind of empire. Perhaps his greatest task will be convincing his kunoichis that he is happy with a simple life and ruling a kingdom will never appeal to him.