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?
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 a guy (young ninja in this case), sworn to a duty that prevents him from having feelings for a certain girl (a dojo princess) develops them anyway? You have the classic forbidden love trope.
Now, throw in some extra romantic interests for both the main characters, crank up the hilarity level, add a few extra 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 though, 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: 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.Its a bit cliche in places, but in a fun way. 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....
This was a decent enough romcom. The aspects to being a ninja and the duty based relationship resulted in a pretty interesting relationship between the two. However, it also resulted in one that moved incredibly slowly. The side stories were decent enough, so it didn't feel like it was dragging on too much, but they did seem to feel like they were getting repetitive and pointless at points. The comedy only being okay and action being weaker than I expected didn't help. The main couple's personalities came through pretty well and got some solid development. Most of the side characters, especially the alternate romantic interests, felt really underdeveloped and some
seemed to get dropped completely without any sort of conclusion. Still, there were a few that got solid development, such as Takatou, Kujou, and Kiritani. The ending was also handled quite well I think, bringing things to a reasonably strong climax, and with an extensive epilogue. The art was decent.