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Hiroshi Shiibashi debuted in BUSINESS JUMP magazine with Aratama. NURA: RISE OF THE YOKAI CLAN is his breakout hit. He was an assistant to manga artist Hirohiko Araki, the creator of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Steel Ball Run by Araki is one of his favorite manga. "

Hiroshi Shiibashi debuted in BUSINESS JUMP magazine with Aratama. NURA: RISE OF THE YOKAI CLAN is his breakout hit. He was an assistant to manga artist Hirohiko Araki, the creator of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Steel Ball Run by Araki is one of his favorite manga. "
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  • Series: Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421538911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421538914
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rikuo Nura's dad died when he was a young boy, but he does not feel the loss so acutely because he has been raised by such a large family. There is one little wrinkle, however: The Nura Clan are yokai! Yokai are supernatural beings straight out of Japanese mythological tradition, but in the present age it's not as if Rikuo can just tell his classmates about, say, his latest game of hide and seek with the Yuki-Onna (Snow Woman). Talk about embarrassment. Worse still, it turns out that his Grandpa Nurarihyon is a yokai boss, and Rikuo himself is one-fourth yokai.

In this volume, Rikuo discovers his yokai heritage, and the rest of the Clan discovers that being one-fourth yokai means that Rikuo can become a leader worth following precisely one-fourth of the time. The other three-fourths of his life he is just an ordinary schoolboy who is intent upon denying his destiny as the future head of the Nura Clan. Unfortunately, he soon discovers upon starting middle school that his friends are arguably more obsessed with yokai than he is...and that he it will be awfully hard indefinitely hiding the truth from his friends.

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan is creator Hiroshi Shiibashi's first major work. He got his start in the manga business as one of Hirohiko Araki's assistants. The stylistic influence of the master upon the onetime apprentice is palatable, and the Nura shares a measure of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's quirky yet charismatic artistic detail. This, combined with the classic Shonen Jump fantasy-action formula, has produced a surefire hit worthy of the likes of other SJ blockbusters Naruto and One Piece. The animated adaptation, also available in English adaptation, will only further cement its popularity.
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Reason for Reading: I love yokai! These are a class of spirits, demons, or monsters from Japanese folklore which range from evil to mischievous. Some are vile and wicked, others can be cute and fun. They can be anything from a massive ogre to an animated umbrella.

An exciting beginning to a new manga series! Riku is 3/4 human and grew up in a house full of yokai, his grandfather is the supreme commander of the Nura clan. Growing up Riku has heard all the tales and thinks that the yokai are cool, special and the good guys but once he starts school he learns differently. He speaks up against someone who has done a report on the demons and tells the truth about his household, everyone laughs at him and doesn't believe him. He learns the truth at home. Five years pass and Riku is a young bespectacled teenager, who is supposed to take over as the leader of the Nura Yokai clan but he refuses to have anything to do with them. Being 3/4s human, this is easy for him to do but somehow that 1/4 yokai blood comes out every once in a while and that 1/4 of Riku is very different and *he* wants to be the leader he is meant to be.

For a first volume this is packed with story and background. Much happens and I was drawn into the world right away. Riku's city has a high amount of yokai activity so we see them popping up frequently and a rival clan comes to town to challenge Riku's leadership causing an instant conflict. Riku is a complex character wanting no part of the evilness of yokai, yet protecting his clan from being found out by school mates. He battles emotionally with the repugnance of the evil that some yokai do and the petty thievery of others, while at the same time obviously loving and caring for the yokai he has grown up with.
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This is one of my favorite series,it's good i'm finally going to collect some hard copies..to those who have now started the series..stick with it..you will grow to love it.
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Let me just say that it's been a few years (perhaps four or so) since I last really invested in a good manga series. When I was younger and in high school my friends and I would pass around different titles, my first ever being Ranma 1/2, and I fell in love with the Japanese and even Korean graphic novels and eventually anime. It was only the other evening when I stumbled across an episode of the anime for Nura that I decided to get the first volume and give it a shot.

I was surprised by the amount of heart that this manga has, and even just in its first volume! The characters struggle with identity and the issue of family loyalty, something that I have experienced in my own life. This made Nura a very relatable character. True, the story isn't exactly realistic (many rarely are completely 100% realistic, but that's why we love them!) - Nura is a quarter Yokai, a Japanese form of demon whose main goal in life is to terrorize humans. This poses a problem since Nura's friends are all humans and like to go Yokai hunting for fun.

The artwork is beautiful, and all the characters are unique and memorable. I would highly recommend this series to anyone like me who's looking for something to entertain them and also make them laugh and cry a little at the same time.

Also, I'll note that I purchased the Viz Digital Edition of this manga for my Kindle Fire (1st Gen) via their free app. It was a bargain price, and takes up no clutter on my already collapsing bookcase!
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