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To be free like a swallow out of its bird cage, thatís what Tsubame sees in his eyes. In the East Asian Desert, #13 Salvage Camp, Tsubame works as a metal scrap collector as he tries to earn enough money to travel on his own, like a free swallow. But one day a girl was found buried inside sand and she has a key hole on her wrist, the symbol of a Kagijin, one who posses demonic powers that can withstand that of an army. The empire who kept her as a slave arrives to retrieve her, however Tsubame refuses to hand her over and promises her that he will free her. How will he do so? And what significance is there to the key that hangs around his monkey's neck? Read and find out!

From the one shot in Akamaru Jump Winter 2009 issue (1/10/09).


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v.2 c.17 (end) by Taka Scans (2024d ago)
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v.2 c.15 by Taka Scans (2033d ago)
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Average: 6.6 / 10.0 (168 votes)
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the way it ends makes u regret beginning it   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by moomoo8
December 28th, 2009, 3:31am
Like everyone said the oneshot was great! I began to read the actual manga because of this and well its not so great... I like the originality so i kept reading, but the ending is just disappointing because basically nothing happens.... for that reason i recommend just reading the oneshot its great. The series is tolerable but the way it abruptly ended just makes it a complete waste of time.
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oneshot - and the rest   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dreamer00013
August 6th, 2009, 1:05pm
uuh....truth to be told, I'm actually the same opinion as pinUp.
The oneshot is way better than the rest. My favourite character (became it in 5 sec) was turned ugly. Not just in art, the character as well.....=(
The nice, superb companions were....destroyed. Now there are....cliches, some stupid female with lots of sense of justice and... you know what: I really don't want to talk about the series anymore.
The changes don't seem too extreme, but I wish the characters would have stayed the same.
The story is somehow better in the oneshot, also better told, but in the series the seems so stupid.
It's also pretty different: The guy becomes wanted for things he hasn't done just because he's pretty strong. Great.(sarcasm) And of course, the government also needs his key. Ahm. Please forget the series.
Read the oneshot! =D

10/10 for the oneshot
3,2 for the series.
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What I think   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by rinalicat
August 7th, 2009, 10:27pm
Reading the oneshot, I really liked it; people that use keys to get weapons? That is pretty cool. Then I read the rest of the series.

Unlike some of the other reviewers here, I actually enjoyed it a lot more; it's not uncommon for mangaka to make drastic changes (though I was really disappointed about the monkey. Seriously, WTF was with the dolphin?)so while I was a bit surprised, that didn't really have an effect on my overall enjoyment of the series thus far.

The artwork is pretty, the plot is interesting but the dolphin was wack. That's my opinion and that ain't gonna change.
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Good manga. Not a bad manga.   
Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
by Daxisheart
August 5th, 2009, 10:47pm
Guess what? It's a good manga. Three chapters are out, and
1) art is consistent. The background is done very nice, and some scenes are pretty epic. You can clearly discern which character's which. Shonenisque art, but still good. I like it.
2: Characters are okay. Only about three chapters are out, yet I some characters are pretty fun. Hell, there's even character development in those three chapters.
3: Plot is okay. It's paced alright, for the most part.

Guess what? I'M RATING THE MANGA. Did I say that I'm rating the oneshot? No, I didn't, cause I didn't read the oneshot, and I'm not rating the oneshot, I'm rating the manga for what it is, not comparing it. And what is this manga? It's a good manga so far with sorta believable characters and good art, and did not deserve those bunch of very bad using ratings cause it's compared with something it's not.

... Last updated on August 5th, 2009, 10:52pm
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Rating: N/A
by Megadeath10
July 18th, 2009, 7:05am
I've just read the oneshot out and thought it was great, one of the best out there.
Then I read what is supposed to be the serialisation of the series and I have to say; What the hell happened to the character designs?
I loved the original characters in the oneshot but the new designs completely put me off. Still, I suppose this is in exchange for Tsubane's power getting way better. The Bird thingy in the oneshot just looked weird :\ Anyway, nice manga so far and seems good for the future.
I just wish it had kept some of the original character designs and plot from the oneshot :'(

... Last updated on July 18th, 2009, 7:06am
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by haru47773
July 25th, 2009, 9:43pm
i have the same sentiments as the previous comments..judging from the first two chapters, i like the oneshot better..

being stoic (don't know if this is the right description) is better expressed by the oneshot character (oh, btw he's much cuter and cooler than the latter)..between the monkey and the dolphin, hmm..i still like the monkey better..i understand if they want to balance the protagonist's overall "character" by adding a cutey sidekick..but for me, if the two of them squint their eyes, twitch their eyebrows, or make unpleasant faces in sync is more hilarious.

still, i like the plot so i can't brush off the series easily so i'm going to watch over it for little bit more and see how it develops.
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Rating: 6.9 / 10.0
by saxon1231
July 25th, 2009, 7:04pm
The oneshot was great but the actual series that followed the oneshot was changed so drastically that i think the quality dropped and the series is now mediocre, but still worth a read. Try it out.
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AMAZING oneshot, terrible series   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Conquestor
November 7th, 2009, 2:06pm
The one shot for this series was an amazing drama-esque story about a slave/experiment running away from an empire. The series adaptation completely changed the story, pacing, characters, and mood for the worse, and added completely different character designs (As much as I like catgirls, this story has no place for them). I'd definitely recommend reading the one shot, but you can skip the series.

... Last updated on November 7th, 2009, 2:07pm
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by kuraixdesu
July 20th, 2009, 2:46am
Yeah like the two people below, I too liked the one-shot much better. I was actually hooked onto this series by that one-shot cause of the characteristics of the original characters and I wanted to see the progress of the story revolving around the two against the empire, and possibly new characters to show up but,........... the whole thing is remade with different characters in the original character's position. I absolutely hate the new main protagonist's attitude, it ain't as cool as the original Tsubame, and I also liked the original female protagonist too =(

I felt the serialisation versian is lacking compared to the one-shot, to me, the one-shot had more/quality substance to it, the serialisation feels...... plain, dull.

For example;

The feeling I get from the one-shot is like coming out of a good movie and still feel the impact it gave and will talk about it the following day with friends, the serialisation on the other hand is like watching a movie on friday night and forget it the next.

Why did you take this risky change Tanaka Yasuki? It ain't cool at all! Not Cool! Bad move.

... Last updated on July 20th, 2009, 2:59am
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by kirabook
August 11th, 2009, 3:46pm
I really wish people wouldn't compare this series to the oneshot so much. So what if he changed the main character a little. It happens. Oneshots are oneshots, series are series. Seriously.

Anyway, I like it. It's pretty original. Probably completely orirginal because the only characters I know who fights with keys are in Kingdom Hearts games. lol. Looking forward to more chapters!

... Last updated on October 4th, 2009, 6:34pm
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