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Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 9 Paperback – June 5, 2012
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About the Author
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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'Nurarihyon no Mago'/'Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan' is one of my favorite manga series, so I had to get hard copies even though I read the entire series free online before I even knew it would be released in English officially.
I'll leave the detailed summaries to other reviewers and just say that the plot over the entire series is a simple coming of age/proving Rikuo (the reluctant 12 year old main character) is strong enough to be the next leader of the Nura Clan's yokai(youkai)/one hundred demon night parade (hyakki yakou) and protecting both human and yokai(youkai) with loyal subordinates helping him and higher up old-timers trying to overthrow or kill him.
Overall, like I said, I loved reading this series translated by fans so I had to get the hard copies. I am disappointed on one major aspect though: typos. Major typos. A lot of words left out or just plain changed (ex: he/his). When words are recalled by a character that were spoken not five pages before an extra word or two was added that should've been there in the first place. Example:
Kurotabo: "The ones who are lost are you."
Awashima (a few pages later recalls what Kurotabo said): "The ones who are lost are you two." ...and then she realizes that someone else was considered lost/important.
The series starts well, with decent editing, but it becomes noticeably worse by the time the characters arrive in Kyoto. The lack of editing detracts slightly, since I had to decipher a part of a conversion or two while reading. Though not horrible like many, many otherwise good books (probably due to it being a manga and being more visual) it felt like Viz said, "Let's put a team on this manga that doesn't really care much about quality so we can get it out fast." I mean, it's a manga, come on supposedly professional people in Viz! Where is the quality this series deserved?
The only reason this story still gets five stars from me is that the characters and story itself has a great amount of charm that keeps me picking up a volume to read it again and again.
The second installment also reveals something about how the novels will be produced. When you put the covers of the first and second book together, it connects into one picture, making it seem like the covers of all the books will connect in some way to make one long picture. My assumption is that it is supposed to look like the Night Parade. I can't wait for the next book!