Synonyms: Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East
Published: Jun 20, 2005 to ?
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SynopsisFive years ago, almost every villager of Ootsuka died due to a tragic plague. But mysteriously enough, three survivors: a girl and two boys, emerged. Now living in a church, the three live in isolation, hidden from those who may seek to find them. Shino, one of the survivors, has control over the power of Murasame, the blade of life. But when the imperial church seeks to take the Murasame for themselves, their peaceful life becomes a thing of the past...
BackgroundHakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun was first serialized in Ichirachi from 2005 to 2010. It then went on hiatus until 2011, wherein the mangaka, Abe Miyuki, moved to Kadokawa Shoten, continuing the serialization in CIEL until 2013. On August 30, 2014, the series moved to Emerald.
The volume count for the Tosuisha and Kadokawa Shoten editions differ as Kadokawa's has more pages.
The series has spanned into multiple adaptations including two Drama CDs released in September 21, 2007 and July 25, 2008 and a two-season anime adaptation which aired in 2013. In 2015, a musical was staged in Theatre Sun Mall from August 14 to 23.
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Both stories happen around kids who live in a church, and they deal with the supernatural (ghosts, undying in Kieli and demons, spirits in Hakkenden). Also both Kieli and Shino looked very similar to me while I was reading these mangas.
Shoujo fantasy manga with a relatively modern world, except there are supernatural creatures that the main characters work to control and protect unaware bystanders. Shino and Kio are abnormally powerful, yet not conceited. People naturally gather around them. Both works feature beautiful art and a well planned and structured story.
Both works involve well-developed, imaginative fantasy worlds that contain interesting people, magic, and creatures. The main characters, Shino and Rakan, attract unique, likeable allies. They are considerably powerful themselves--one wields a living sword and the other wields plants (quite effectively!). Overall, both works are beautifully drawn and read like a fantasy novel.
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