Luna Rindou is a klutz who loves to daydream and relies very much on her best friend. Her greatest treasure is an amulet that once belonged to her mother. One day, she runs away only to have the amulet stolen by a boy and girl who turn into animals when they come into possession of the amulet. What is the meaning of this!?
Youkai Navi Luna had two volumes published in English as Fairy Navigator Run by Del Rey from May 25 to October 26, 2010, before the company was acquired by Kodansha USA, who chose not to continue releasing the series.
This is based by a novel by the same title. I don't know much, but in the novel has 15 volume! 10 in Youkai Navi Runa first series, 2 in Youkai Navi Runa II, and 3 again is in Shin Youkai Navi Runa.
I like this manga because the character is wonderful and very different! Check the novel and manga, you will know the difference. Anyways, go to the story!
Runa Rindou is Densetsu no ko (the legendary child) who her father is a human and her mother is a fox spiritual. With Mokke and Suneri, her servants, they went to many towns to search for Yuukyu
no Tama. They also met Tai Rindou, Runa's twins and Towako-sensei, Runa's former teacher. The adventure begins!
Ok, I think is enough. Sorry for mistaken text. I hope you will know who don't know. See you!
This manga has recently been published (Referring to English Version), but opinions can already be made after volume 1. As you know, Youkai Navi Luna (Fairy Navigator Runa) is the comic version of a novel. The story really is going smoothly and the art is what you'd call "kawaii". x3
Anyway, the character personalities really fit into the story. For example, Runa Rindo is your typical airhead, but an aggressive (when fighting), yet a forgiving silver-haired "fairy" when she...
Well, I'll leave that out for you to find out about her powers.
Even the outfits of the characters fit with with the story. When you see Runa's ribbon
or pendant (Referring to cover, so no, this is not a spoiler. ;] ), there is a connection with the story.
This manga has a wonderful story. For the ones that already read the novel, I'm sure you agree. So if you're a fan of the novel, you'll already gain interest in the manga just by reading the first volume.
Story: When I was reading this, I was slightly wondering if the manga was based off the novel "Faerie" rather than it's original series as its own novel. When I convinced myself it wasn't that book, I really began enjoying the series. The story starts out with Runa getting hit in the face with a volleyball while she was drooling over yakisoba, and that instantly gained my favor. But on the actual story part, I found overall interesting. I sorta flinched when I saw that the faeries have an animal counterpart, but Michiyo's art has definitely improved from Mamotte! Lollipop, so my fears went right
over my head. (If anyone has read that series, you would know that Ryu's design is pretty simple and the cat that Sun summons is overall average, so I wasn't looking forward to Michiyo animals in this series) In the first volume, Runa has to save her friend Sae from an animal faerie named Kamachi. This is achieved by the end of the volume, so I am wondering what's going to happen to keep this series going. But this isn't the usual faerie story, I haven't seen any shiny wings yet, and the third eye was pretty interesting for a faerie story, so I have a feeling that this series will develop its own breed of "Faeries." The one thing I wished from this first book was that they revealed more on the Jewel of Everlasting Time, since Kamachi was so bent on getting it, and he just goes back to the Faerie world at the end of the book. It didn't feel right that he just gave in after one attack by Runa.
Art: It's cute, I'll give it that. But it's painfully apparent that characters with toned hair don't get much attention on the hair detail that the inked and non-colored haired people do. Some scenes, such as when they draw Runa in Fox Faerie form, are a bit disappointing since it's their clothes and then just a magic toned background. Because it felt more like an easy peasy drawing, I couldn't take those scenes as seriously. But the clothes tend to be suiting for the characters, and I love how Michiyo drew Runa's outfit like a Tales of Pirates Voyager when she turns into her true form. The character designs are pretty decent too, I just hate how Mokke, Sae, and this other nameless character all look the same, and the only way to tell them apart would be to stare at the hair tone. I found that to be a huge hindrance on the designs.
Character: Runa gained my favor easily because of the yakisoba incident, but she was a little like Amu from Shugo Chara by the way that's she's a little kid and still hesitant on change. Runa wasn't nearly as painful as Amu for me though, she didn't pull the "Oh, woe is me, I have to save somebody" crap that they did in Shugo Chara. Runa's hesitation on issues in the story were perfectly understandable, and it helped the story more than just bowing and accepting her fate. When it comes to Mokke, I can't tell if he's supposed to be an idiot or not. He just waltzes up to Runa asking if she's the Legendary Child, and to me that felt hopelessly retarded. He doesn't act as bad throughout the rest of the series, thankfully. Suneri's the regular sister, and we don't get a big dose on Sae, Mit, and Mana, since one got kidnapped, and the other two are just "there." Also, like I said before, Mokke, Sae, and the nameless dud all looked the same, so I was greatly disappointed in that regard. Kamachi was a blessing to the story. His appearance isn't dreadfully scary, but a typical shojo fan would be utterly creeped, and all the ink in the backgrounds where he'd appear would make him seem even scarier. Like I said before, I just hate how he up and left at the end after he was so determined to get this jewel. The last thing is Tai, he was another blessing. He gave off the immediate air of "Mystery," and all the ink and tone on him really added color to the pages. It was a shame he didn't appear much.
Enjoyment: If you are a hard core shojo fan into a manga like Kamichama Karin, don't read this series. It gets so much more serious than that, and while there is some blushing, there isn't any real romance yet. But I'm also not really looking for it in this series, since Runa's only in fourth grade. If there is romance between Runa and Mokke (or Tai, it's not really clear who it might be yet), I want it to somehow tie in with the plot, otherwise people will be complaining how young girls don't know love. Also, hard core shojo fans wouldn't like the blood, I was overjoyed about this part though. It was not like Michiyo to draw so much, but it felt so much more serious and intense when she inked all that blood in the fighting scenes. There is that moment of comedy, so you don't have to feel tense all the time during this book.
Overall: I'm looking forward to the next book. This book is quite the refreshment from Mamotte! Lollipop, so it keeps readers quite hooked now that Michiyo can draw tense magical battles. While I was reading this, I kept comparing it to Panic X Panic (because it was similar in the way that there were demons(?) that caused trouble for Mitsuki and Kakeru). This book puts the other to shame, since Panic X Panic is just a playful series like Kamichama Karin, pick this up before you read the other.