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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 13.95
  • Pages: 224
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-50120-2
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Yagyu Ninja Scrolls: Revenge of the Hori Clan

Yagyu Ninja Scrolls: Revenge of the Hori Clan Vol. #02

By Matthew Alexander     March 11, 2008
Release Date: February 19, 2008


Yagyu Ninja Scrolls: Revenge of the Hori Clan Vol.#02
© Del Rey


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Masaki Segawa
Translated by:Mini Eda
Adapted by:Mini Eda

What They Say
BLOOD ON THE TRAIL

With the Aizu Seven Spears on their trail, the Hori women are eager to learn to fight and avenge their men's deaths, so they turn to swordsman Yagyu Jyubei Mitsuyoshi to teach them the ways of the blade. Meanwhile, a masked spy has also drawn the ire of the Seven Spears. What does this mysterious figure want? And will the Hori women survive their first encounter with the killers?

The Review
If you have read my reviews for Basilisk (also by Yamada and Segawa), you know I really like that ninja series for its adult content, action and story. However, I also recognize that some ninja fans didn't care for the super-powered/grotesque ninjas in that series. Well I really think you should give Yamada and Segawa another chance with The Yagyu Ninja Scrolls. This story has a unique premise with seven women training under a master swordsman for the chance to avenge their clan, and there are not any super-powered ninjas in sight. Sure, the evil Seven Spears of Aizu kick ass with their preferred weapons, but they don't have any magical abilities like the characters in Basilisk.


With that said, Jyubei and the Hori women jump right into weapons training. This training section is something readers have seen a hundred times before, but I still found it humorous and worthwhile. During these sessions, the girls begin to grow as characters and we learn more about their potential strengths and weaknesses. The training also shows both how far the Hori women have to go if they are ever going to kill the Seven Spears, and it gives us a little peak at just how badass Jyubei is, especially considering the guy is missing an eye. In addition, this volume continues to show us just how mentally disturbed Lord Aizu is, making it that much easier to hate the guy. It is hard not to loathe someone that uses women up before letting his henchmen torture them to death.


The Seven Spears are searching everywhere for the Hori women, so Jyubei devises a plan to kill the first of Aizu's warriors. The whole scheme is worthy of a ninja, intricate and deceptive. I don't want to give it away, but the great visuals the reader gets from the Hori women wearing demon masks while attacking a lone Spear of Aizu is just wonderful. Segawa drives home the girls rage by drawing some panels zoomed in on the mask with the girl's eyes looking out from deep within. I love it.


But which Spear do they attack? Do any of the Hori women die during the battle? You will just have to read this volume to find out!

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