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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421540150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421540153
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Oh!great began his career as a professional manga creator in 1995. In 1997 his hit series Tenjo Tenge started running in UltraJump magazine, and in 2004 it was adapted into a TV anime. Air Gear, which began serialization in Weekly Shonen Magazine in 2002, received a Kodansha Manga Award in 2006 and was also adapted into a TV anime.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DK on October 20, 2012
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Ask any reader of Ten Ten, current or former, where most readers think the story loses all cohesion and they'll usually say it's during the Feudal Japan story arc. It's easy to see why. A sudden shift to 16th century Japan, plethora of new characters, and a mixture of historical people can be jarring to the non-Japanese history buff. So is the story as convoluted as believed? Has Oh! Great really lost his mind? A little yes, a little no.

First off, yes there's another flashback story. Unlike the previous one which took up two volumes (technically four in regular manga format) this one only takes up a little more than 1 1/2 of the volume. Why the sudden shift to Feudal Japan? According to Oh! Great, it's because he 'really likes history'.

The problem with this is the average reader is not too keen on 1600's Japan. The story weaves fictional story into historical fact. Guys like Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Mitsuhide Akechi, Tenkai are virtual unknowns to most Americans and the political backdrop is given no explanation as this book wasn't exactly designed for English readers in mind. The common criticism of this storyline is that there are too many characters to keep track of and in a way this is true. These guys don't exactly have names that roll of the tongue.

So was this flashback arc worth it in the end? In the long run, actually yes. Is it still a bit confusing? Yes.

This volume is all about Sohaku and what his big plan is. To discover this, Reiki takes Aya back to the past to view his motives and history. She takes her back to a period of time where a group is plotting to assassinate Sohaku as they believe he is driving the country into the ground. Leading this group is Ichiyo Nagi, Soichiro's ancestor.
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