The young ninja Kagetora has been given a great honor—to serve a renowned family of skilled martial artists. But on arrival, he's handed a challenging assignment: teach the heir to the dynasty, the charming but clumsy Yuki, the deft moves of self-defense and combat.
And yet, Yuki's inability to master the martial arts is not what makes this job so difficult for Kagetora. No, it's Yuki herself. Someday she will inherit her family dojo, and for a ninja like Kagetora, to fall in love with his master is a betrayal of his duty, the ultimate dishonor, and strictly forbidden. Can Kagetora help Yuki overcome her ungainly nature . . . or will he be overcome by his growing feelings?
This is the story of a pubescent boy with raging hormones who gets his each and every wet dream fulfilled when he's forced to live with your stereotypical, clumsy, "dumb blonde babe" with big boobs.
She gets felt up, seen naked, there are plenty of panty and booby shots, and of course, the boy (or anyone, for that matter) never loses her favor because she's "kind."
Of course, being an airhead, she's completely oblivious as to why the boy blushes so much when he touches her breasts. She just smiles and says "that tickles!"
After feeling her up so much, the boy starts to feel hot and heavy for her...so that must mean he's in love, right? Yep, let's go with that.
And so begins our tale of romance...or not.
This story is written for pubescent boys that want to live out their wet dreams. I have a habit of reading manga to the end once I have picked it up, but this is just too much for me. It wore out my patience and I just couldn't take it anymore.
Well, I've seen lately that there doesn't seem to be a full, proper review for this manga. That's a shame, as it really deserves one, so allow me to remedy that...
What do you get when you have a guy (young ninja in this case), sworn to a duty that prevents him from having feelings for a certain girl (a dojo princess)? But, he develops them anyway, mainly cause his duty forces him to constantly be around - and to take care of - her... You have forbidden love. Now, throw in some extra romantic interests for both the main characters, crank up the hilarity level, add a few extra (somewhat, but not quite, cliche) plot devices and let it all simmer till it comes to a boil. You now have 'Kagetora' in a nutshell.
The story itself is nothing special, in fact it's rather cliche. What it has going for it is the way the story is executed. There's not too much of any one thing, or too little of another. It's a great medium length, which is a plus. The pacing is superb, never going too fast. It all comes together very nicely and makes for a heartwarming and fun ride. And ultimately, it has a great ending - one that sums EVERYTHING up, so nothing is left a mystery.
The art is nicely detailed. It's not the best I've ever seen, but it does its job well. If it was super detailed, it just wouldn't fit with the fun vibe that is most often present. The pacing and placement of scenes and voice-boxes within each page is well-done; both action and normal scenes all flow well. And lastly, the art is simply really cute.
'Kagetora' has many side characters, and surprisingly, its these side characters that really elevate this manga - not the main ones. For example, Yuki's mother, the authority that is most often seen. At first, she simply seems static, but she slowly becomes a major driving force in the background. To name some others would be Yuki's best friend, Kagetora's family, and even the girls that develop interests in Kagetora - a nice turnaround to the typically useless harem element present in a lot of romcoms. All these characters help create a somewhat complex, fun and touching narrative that lacks any major quality-dips in the story or plot holes that are blatantly evident.
I had a great time reading this manga. If you enjoy romcoms, then you probably will too. There's not much more to say.
All-in-all, this is worth your time if you happen to like the romantic comedy genre. It's got great supporting characters, great pacing, a solid ending, and the overall length is a nice, simple 11 volumes. My only true complaint would be that it wasn't longer. This isn't because it needed more story (as it ends VERY well), but because it was so much fun to read that I didn't want to stop as soon as it did.
I hope this has helped shed some light on whether this manga is for you or not. Have fun reading it if it is!
I think, this story is very good... When I read the first volume, I don't like it... But, when I read Until finish all of volume 1,,, I turn to very like it... Funny n dramatic... This is a good story shounen...... I want to read manga like this again....