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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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An entertaining ninja story
First off, I have always really liked this mangaka's art style. I've re-read this series 3-4 times and I enjoy it each time.
I probably like it so much because I understand Usagi's inability to get the guy and be good at athletic stuff. She's really great at medicine but people only want her to be a ninja, which just isn't her thing - something I get. She is a little annoying sometimes, what with being pretty lazy and kind of a crybaby at times. I feel Usagi embodies the lazy crybaby in all of us. At the end of the day, she does what is necessary and takes care of those she cares about.
I also enjoyed the political intrigue and the glimpse into Japan's history. The series is pretty long so it can seem like it drags out to some people, but I thought it was pretty exciting and it always gets me hooked, every time I read it!
... Last updated on June 27th, 2014, 11:35am
.....This left a bad taste in my mouth
Maybe I'm just becoming cynical after reading 100+ shoujo series.
Either way, this manga was nothing short of awful, and had little real substance to it. It was just like any other bad shoujo series...incapable girl falls in love with the unattainable hot guy, the hot guy doesn't care for her....then later, childhood friend shows up with romantic interest in the incapable girl, and hot guy becomes jealous and wants the incapable girl after realizing how loyal/cute/fun/etc she is. The cycle continues and ends with happily ever after for everybody.
I wouldn't have minded the generic plot above if the manga had delve deeper into the characters' inner struggles/feelings/actual romantic developments... but none was present. The main girl was cute enough and I loved how she was very good with making herbal medicines, but her development and the scenes were so hastily done that I had no chance of relating/bonding/getting attached to her at all.
I wouldn't have batted an eyelash had she been killed and then fed to the dogs. In fact, I would probably given this manga a higher rating if that had happened.
The art was good though, and the guy was hot--so it deserves credit in that respect. However, the plot and story falls behind by a stretch. Don't waste your time if you want to read something complex.
... Last updated on June 15th, 2014, 12:40am
I got the first volume of this series as a Christmas present ( oh side note: dont give ppl books unless u know that they really wanted that book bc I got 6 different series n I hate all of them..), and as I mention ina really long side note, I hate it. The main character.... I CAN'T stand her.. she is so man crazy!!! I read the pre-quel in the magazine and I freaking love it (I read the prequel 3 times!) So I tried to reread this again.. this time I got up to 1.5 volume before I gave up.. so if u hate useless, man crazy girl, then dont read it. I like the rest of the characters though (esp. The main boy.. oh mine xD)
One of my favorites.
The characters were likable. They were well-drawn and developed along the way. The art, though not great, is still fine, too. But what really hit it for me was the plot. It is amazing. There wasn't a point where I got bored. It's refreshing since it's not your ordinary type of shoujo. The ending's very well done too. There were no loose ends and it was satisfying.
I just finished reading this and it is absolutely fantastic. You wouldn't regret reading this.
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.