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Usagi is the granddaughter of the leader of a prestigious ninja village, but she's such a klutz that she's never made it out of the lower class. Frustrated with Usagi's lack of progress, her grandfather sends her to marry Lord Hanzo with an order to breed many ninja children. But the lord has no interest in her or her childbearing potential!
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Hate it and like it at the same time.
This is my second time reading through this manga series, and it used to be my favorite one. But after rereading it, I've changed my opinion. I really liked Usagi at first, both before and after my reread- I thought her antics were cute (although her laziness did annoy me a bit) and didn't mind too much of the friendly teasing with Goemon... but then it got too much. Usa just uses the people around her... She basically just plays Goemon and gives him hope, then takes it away, and makes Hanzo jealous and whatever. Then she doesn't tell useful information when she needs to. She's cruel and just a bother to everyone. Plus, she cries all the time and has this passive-aggressive attitude- one moment she's cuddling Goemon and then the next hitting him for yelling at Hanzo. Please. Also, it's pretty unrealistic how much everyone around her loves her. I think her and Hanzo make a cute couple, but I really do doubt "the most handsome man in Iga" would go with a girl whose frequently mistaken as a boy and acts like a child. It also gets pretty overly dramatic towards the end. I can appreciate the story being similar to the history that it's based on and that it's not happy-doody throughout the entire series, but everyone just seriously drops all their grudges and listens to Usa ALL THE TIME-- in the power of love or whatever. Also, Usa always has to be saved. Always. There are so many near-death moments but then just someone conveniently comes in to save them. I've also read the entire series but, really... I can't take it anymore. I used to love it but now I see how annoying Usagi truly is. I love Mamezo and Uribou and the puppy though, as well as Goemon and Ranmaru (speaking of Ranmaru, did he really fall in love with her after meeting her once?), and I thought Hanzo was pretty cool too. Just... Usa can be really annoying and was made more "special" than she was, and I kinda hated Yuri too.
These are really just the main, gnawing flaws though... there are more flaws, but there are also more strengths too. I still really love the dynamic between Usa and Hanzo, and that it isn't as typical as other Shoujo romances. It has some really good times that had me crying and really connecting with Usa. I also appreciated Usa's knowledge in medicine. Just wish there was slightly more depth and realism to the story.
... Last updated on February 22nd, 2014, 12:50pm
Great! Takes time to reach good parts.
To be honest, I really hate the main female lead's character in the beginning of the chapters. I was going to drop this series then but I continued (reluctantly) anyway. I'm glad I read it till the end though.
It gets pretty interesting half way through (I can't remember which volume it started cause I read it long ago). One of my fav shoujo back then. I wouldn't have thought it will turn out they way it did, but I'm glad. I love the characters growth. I didn't even like the main male lead at first, but he turns out pretty okay I guess. In fact, I think they make a pretty good couple. I love them both.
So I guess you have to tolerate it a bit before finally getting to the good parts. I fell in love with the characters and stories at the end. There are a lot of drama though, which pains me a bit. I can't handle sad stories. Haha
I'm happy that I finally read the prequel to this(never knew there was one) so now things make a bit more sense. Although I put this series on hold because I CAN'T STAND how boy crazy the main girl is, she's so superficial in my eyes. Other than that, the art is beautiful, and I shall try and finish it.
I really loved every bit of it.
I love this series. I wish there are more manga like this. Although i am biased since im a fan o the mangaka. But even if im not, i still would love this. I love hanzou! I love the historical plot, even if im not japanese! You would still find it interesting. And i love how the male lead fell inlove with usagi. I also love Usagi's little side kick. He's just so cute. Mannn i love this manga. I wish i havent read it and just starting to read it so i could enjoy it again. Definitely one of my faves. I usually forgot the proagonists' names after finish reading it but in this manga, i still remember their names.
People are being so harsh about the heroine! She isn't that bad at all! I actually love how she isn't the yamato nadeshiko-type. She isn't cute at all either lol, and that's one thing that usually annoys me about manga females sometimes--that they're supposed to be tear-inducingly "kawaii." The fact that she is the most useless ninja ever is really endearing to me, and I think that the humor and the seriousness of the story line are really well balanced so far.
I just started reading Tsuki no Shippo today and was shocked to realize that I'm already nearing the end of volume 3 bc I was so wrapped up in it. Soooo still reading it (after all there are 15 volumes--yikes!) so I'll make sure to update my review as I go along
*Update (vol.6 chap.36) : I really do not like the way that Hanzou keeps saying "lose weight to be my bride." Buddy, eff you!! Rant complete.
... Last updated on August 10th, 2012, 12:48am
I don't know why everyone is saying that this manga is bad and all, but I find it okay! But of course, I never really liked how Usagi act. In the beginning, I actually enjoyed seeing how she acts, especially the part where Mamezou was bullied and how she protected him and yelled at Suzune, it was very nice! But when it comes to Goemon when he was hurting, she kept on telling Hanzo about "Goemon this, Goemon that" IT'S SO FRIGGIN IRRITATING!!!!!!
I bet I would even act like Hanzo if someone I like does that to me. And after that, during the climax of the story, I feel like slapping her when she says that she wanna marry Yukimaru, JUST because she reminisces of how Yukimaru has been so nice to her and all, and she decided to yell it out loud. What a fool. So foolish and acts as she likes. I thought she has grown into a strong character after that war. Ugh. The storyline is good, don't get me wrong. I just dislike how Usagi acts like sometimes. She's strong sometimes, but then she'll fall back to being a stupid girl as well.
Mind you, I gave it a 9.5 because of the BISHIES!!!! Oh gawd. Hanzo is such a friggin' hottie. Oh right, and before you read this, make sure you read the prequel to get to know the characters like Sara and blonde hair Hanzo. But the Hanzo from this main story and the Hanzo from the prequel seems like a complete different character. I mean, how come the Hanzo in this manga acts like as if he's a very decent guy but in the prequel, he acts like as if he's the carefree type, I mean, how come he can accept the marriage of him and Sara so quickly without seeing her when in this manga, he rejects the marriage proposal with Usagi so quickly. I find this very weird. It's like a change of character between the Hanzo in this manga and in the prequel one. Whatever. As long as the ending in this story is good.
this was the best manga i have ever read there were some things i diddnt like which was
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how Usagi kept kissing other guy....
good.... at the start
As with most shoujo leads the char is pretty annoying, but thats not my main problem with this story. it was great when it was just a simple romantic comedy with ninjas, but then the author wanted to make everything effing dramatic. DRAMADRAMADRAMADRAMA and not one bit of it was any good. To top it off the author seems to have no commitment to the crappy drama, and lets everything just go off to unrealistic good outcomes. people with 3 year vendettas, and grief over their suicided wife just up and forget their problems cuz she said so. All of the forced grief and sadness is almost totally ignored. overall from the middle up until the final 2 chapters this story is a flat out train wreck that deserves nothing short of being burned. Fortunately the final time skip was rather entertaining/romantic(great to see the little kids outcome, as well as the happy creepy glare family... those little girls haunt me...), and the beginning half was funny/sweet so it saved itself. Overall i would suggest just skimming through the last half.
... Last updated on March 19th, 2012, 6:38pm
I actually finished reading this a few weeks ago, after having put it on hold for a year. At first I was only reading it because I was experimenting with historically based mangas (I still haven't grown into them --"), but grew on me after a few chapters.
Usagi is annoying. I won't deny that. Annoying as HECK. But she's one of those annoying characters that you have to like. Kind of like Light, in Death Note (not at all. I love to hate him, and hate to love him). She doesn't mature much emotionally, over the series, but I think she does grow up a little after
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Ranmaru takes her hostage along with her friend. I actually quite liked Ranmaru, even with all his obsessiveness, and pitied him after she tied him up and left him like that. Not that I ever approved of the RanmaruxUsagi ship. I just thought that if she'd looked at things objectively, she could have ended up with him. Then I could have had Hanzo. If not, and if Ranmaru hadn't died, I would have taken him for myself :P
Hanzo (the main guy, not the playboy) was brilliant. But sometimes he was so stubborn I was just screaming at my netbook; " HANZOO YOU IIDIIOOOOOOOTTT!!". And I loved his long hair <3
I'd recommend this to anyone looking for an interesting plot and good looking guys. If you want a loveable female protagonist, or a smart one at that, look elsewhere.
Not Really Great But Not Really Horrible
After countless chapters of Usagi's less than admirable actions, she finally begins to show some character development. But to me it wasn't enough to make up for her past behavior.
Other than Usagi's personality and the way the other characters acted toward her the only other glaring problem I had was the ending. It was kinda jumbled up and I got lost in the twists and turns. I wouldn't say this manga was a waste of my time but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to others.