An average high school student, Mana, somehow manages to travels back in time to the Warring States Period. After an encounter with General Uesugi Masatora, he decides to protect her from his rival, Takeda Shingen, who is set on targetting Mana. With Mana knowing the outcome of the war, will she change the future?
I came across this manga while looking for mangas with ninjas involved and immediately fell in love with the gorgeous art even if the story wasn't all that new.
As I said, time slips are nothing new however this story had a lot of potential but all the way through it I felt it was rushed, allowing little action, the scenes were two pages long at the most, and sadly it allowed very little (if any) character development. All this meant that there were plot holes so big, you could drive a truck through them. It should have been at least twice its length for the story to be told in a satisfying manner in my opinion.
I'm usually very picky with the mangas I choose to read because I basically favor the art before te argument, and in Nise no Chigiri the art is absolutely gorgeous. It's clean and the scenes are easy to follow, even the action packed ones which I'm sure are the trickiest parts for any mangaka. So even though I became really frustrated with the super fast pace of the story that wouldn't even allow me to care for what was happening, the art was so good that it was worth the effort of finishing it.
There was no character development and so it felt like most of them were very clichéd. Let me explain:
-The bad guy with a terrible past that forced him to be the way he is.
-The friend that suddenly becomes a backstabbing traitor.
-The gentle and naive heroine that needs protection from every single male in the story.
-The quiet one who barely speaks.
-The friendly boy with a pet constantly on his shoulder.
And the list goes on and on...
Don't get me wrong, they were likable characters, none of them were unbearably annoying, but it was difficult to care about them and their well being when they were so poorly fleshed out. We get to know nothing about them except that all of the men are interested in one way or another on the heroine (big surprise huh?) and that she suddenly wakes up one day and feels at home between them.
To be honest, I would have rated this section with a 5 but I'm a sucker for bishies and this manga is crawling with them so bear with me..
It was a fairly entertaining manga to read while I was sick in bed but it's not memorable at all so..
This would have been a 5/6 if the art had been mediocre, so read it if you have nothing else to read or if your mind numbingly bored.
However if you'd like to read better told story about ninjas and time slips my personal favorite is Shinobi Life, so check it out!read more
Firstly I must state that apparently this manga is based off an otome game. While I have read manga that were also based on otome games they had better depth than this one.
It's dreadful. Many things that occur within this manga are never explained. So on the few moments that things start to get interesting, such as the mad baddie character Yamato's background snippets, it never goes further than a few frames displaying a complex character history. This applies to most of the characters so you never really get to know them beyond the few things they cared to put in for you to read (which isn't a lot).
To summarize what this manga is about in my words, an average high school girl gets sent back in time to save an important historical character by a water spirit.
There isn't any special reason for Mana being select, you could say she just happened to be there and is expected to somehow save a particular person without being told how she is supposed to save them. This leads me into...
The main character girl fulfills the classic otome character. Basically she's a "blank" that a reader can imagine as herself. Mana isn't anything special and is really boring.
The only character's I had any interest in where the ones who were revealed as to having some dark or mysterious past (which as stated earlier are only given glimpses and nothing more, no conversations, no flashbacks, no close-bonding story between characters). All the other character's are just sort of... there.
I do love the quality of the art and the style. This is pretty much what kept me reading... that and the hope that something deeper would occur, such as Yamato's history (which doesn't make much sense with the details we are given).
If you are seeking a nice past era romance manga, I would say to skip this one.read more
The art in this manga is really good all of the characters are bishis. Im not gonna lie the story is underdeveloped, however i think it is meant to be a short story. Overall i still think it was good, but it would have been better if they would have made it longer.
I know that this manga is based on an otome game, and I did not have any expectations from it since the beginning, but cute guys, so...still reading it!!! This one seems to be taking an example (and not only) from Hakuouki series. Even the character design is similar. But that is not the point. This manga is the third one that I have read that actually went with - let's chose a male that the heroine will end up with - approach. I like it.
The actual execution of that was very poor. The plot was rushed, with too many holes, and just... If you give me a bunch of cute guys I want to see them in all of their glory! The antagonists were there just for the sake of being there, and the second I peaked an interest - pooff - that is not important now! - attitude from the author.
Artwork - gorgeous but there were parts where even that seems to be a bit rushed. read more