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Nainippon Tengu Toukaishi  
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Description
From Mangascreener:

A tengu is an utterly proud and arrogant creature (so much that the Japanese saying, "to become a tengu," means to preen conceitedly) that is said to steal young children away from their homes. In this story, the fractured and disgraced remnants of the tengu species come together from all over the country to rise up, reclaim their pride, and rule over the nation of Japan, as is their right. What kind of effect will the "Tengu Party" have on the humans of Japan, and more importantly, what exactly makes a tengu?

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
大日本天狗党絵詞
Dai-Nippon Tengu-tō Ekotoba
Japan Tengu Party Illustrated
Le Clan des Tengu (French)

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Latest Release(s)
v.4 c.25-28 by Mangascreener (2586d ago)
v.4 c.22-24 by Mangascreener (2684d ago)
v.3 c.21 by Mangascreener (2888d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes 1995 (Complete)
4 Volumes 2012 (ebook, Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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User Rating
Average: 7.3 / 10.0 (54 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.12 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 1st 2015, 9:53pm PST


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Year
1994

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1127 increased(+265)
Monthly Pos #2658 increased(+167)
3 Month Pos #4531 increased(+105)
6 Month Pos #4877 increased(+1474)

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On 72 reading lists
On 186 wish lists
On 110 completed lists
On 15 unfinished lists
On 70 custom lists

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Fascinating   
Rating: 9.2 / 10.0
by calstine
February 16th, 2015, 10:46pm
Every once in a while I find a manga that restores my faith in the medium and keeps me from giving up on fiction altogether. Nainippon Tengu Toukaishi is one such series.

Something that's always bothered me about supernatural beings in fantasy fiction is that, despite their powers, their unusual upbringing, and their very genetics, they somehow end up thinking and acting exactly like your average human, since obviously the author and the readers are themselves human and have no interest in anything that doesn't behave as such. Not so in this story: the tengu, despite actually being (as I see it) a metaphor for extreme cultists, behave just oddly enough that it's not possible to forget that they're supposed to be different from the masses, but not so oddly that you lose all interest in them.

The plot isn't something you can just breeze through without a thought; clocking in at ~920 pages total, there's actually a lot to think about here with regards to the purpose of life and the mentality of those who seek to be "different." I'm a bit of an oddball myself, so I was worried that it would turn out to be propaganda for "the beauty of normalcy," and in a way it was, but I couldn't bring myself to be annoyed: the presentation of the concept was excellent.

I really don't understand why some people complain that the story is confusing and the characters are difficult to tell apart; even if you just read on the surface without bothering to think at all, the sequence of events (though not the underlying meaning) should become immediately apparent, and all major characters have distinct looks, personalities and goals. I rarely care for female characters in fiction, but Shinobu was quite likeable, and very well-suited to being the protagonist of a story like this one.

The artwork is unique, which is as it should be since the plot and characters are much too unusual to fit with a more typical style. It is difficult to comprehend the action sequences, though.

If you're tired of the same-old, same-old, and are willing to expend a little more time and thought than a four-volume manga would typically require, Nainippon Tengu Toukaishi is an excellent choice.

... Last updated on February 16th, 2015, 11:07pm
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Right.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by barbapapa
June 2nd, 2008, 5:28am
The art is actually, imo, the best part about this manga.
It's an interesting read, but the author doesn't make it easy to follow. The characters don't really act in a natural way, so it's a tad hard to connect to the story at times.

But in any case, it's a solid read if you like your progressive manga.
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Better than it looks   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by saxon1231
June 1st, 2008, 8:10pm
The art is quite horrid, at least in my eyes, but the story its self is actually quite intriguing. A good short read if you can manage to get past the horrible art.
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Fairly interesting...   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by VampireBanana
May 4th, 2008, 8:40am
The premise of this title is fairly interesting although I found the story kinda confusing at times as it was often difficult to differentiate between 2 or more characters who looked and behaved the same.

However, if you're able to disregard that and the way the characters react(as mentioned by barbapapa), it's actually a very interesting manga which incorporates creatures of folklore in a most fascinating manner.

... Last updated on June 17th, 2008, 1:22am
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