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Monday, 7 September 2009

Manga Review: Nurarihyon no Mago


Title: Nurarihyon no Mago
Author: Shiibashi Hiroshi
Release: Weekly
Status: Ongoing
Genre: Shonen, Supernatural
Art: A
Originality: B
Story: A
Characters: S
Humor: A
Action: A

Impression: This about Nura Rikuo, a young boy who's a 1/4 of a demon that's doing his best to become a useful person to society contrasting the bad reputation demons are known for. He lives at a youkai mansion and is set to be the 3rd heir of their demon yakuza group but he does not want that. In times of danger, the demon blood in him awakens (only at night though) and his youkai half takes over. After a series of events, he becomes determined to take over his grandfather's group and solve the various problems caused by the demons who are against him being the head. I have to say this is a pretty well done shonen manga that's completely dependent on the main character's growth. No powerful rivals, no unruly but loyal friends, none of those typical character types you see in shonen manga nowadays. There are love interests and although there does seem to be a bit of romance between Rikuo and them, it's hard to tell which exactly of them the author wants to win the most - I'm rooting for the Tsurara though. The battles aren't unnecessarily long and at most are kept to 2 chapters at most when it's one on one. They can be a tad unsatisfyingly quick at times but they still manage to achieve a high level of intensity and epicness seen in the normally long battle scenes of typical shonen battle manga. This is pretty good despite the so-so first chapters so I recommend it to people who like Naruto and Bleach but find them dull every few weeks.

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