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Tsuki wa Yamiyo ni Kakuru ga Gotoku  
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1-4) Tsuki wa Yamiyo ni Kakuru ga Gotoku
The rumor goes that sometimes, late at night, a white monster appears, and if you should look upon it you'll be devoured. One night, Tetsu happens to glimpse the man behind the monster, and decides that the man would be the one to teach him the sword and allow him to take his revenge. However, the swordmaster Shino is hardly interested in taking on any students. What will Tetsu have to do to get his revenge, and what happened to Shino in the past to turn him into who he is...?

5) Castilla
A dutch foreigner falls for a young samurai.


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As Though the Moon is Hidden by the Dark Night

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Average: 7.2 / 10.0 (152 votes)
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Far away from a working concept  
by *Nori*
July 28th, 2020, 11:13pm
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
This was definitely one of the weaker stories written by Shungiku Nakamura-san. It starts interesting, but the story pretty fast loses it's focus on the concept, if there ever was one. Moreso, the four chapters rise even more questions that never get answered, and the characters are far away from acting in a way you would expect it.
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Tetsu is a not so lucky kid that lost his mother due to illness and got sold by his father to a brothel to come up for his debts. To seek revenge and kill his father, he tries to become the student of a samurai hitman(hello Kenshin) named Shino. Ofc, Shino is not amused about the new nuisance in his house and tries to chase him away. But when he sees the determination and desperation of the boy, he slowly starts to open up.
So much for the "main plot". While it's totally understandable that the boy wants to seek revenge for what he had to go through, everything gets brushed off pretty fast by "childish innocence" that is completely inexplicable. After all he had to endure, he attacks his father with a knife, which tricks him into a trap of the brothel to take him back in. But when Shino comes to save him at the last second, he STILL protects his father, just because they share the same blood. I doubt anyone, even during that time and at that age, would do something like that.
While the story arc around the boy was a serious letdown, the story around Shino and his childhood friend Hanjuurou was way more interesting, but also a giant tease. As a kid, Shino had overprotective parents that made him dress as a girl and never leave the house in order to protect him because of his weak constitution. If he really was sick, or if he was weak because he never left the house, is unclear. However, joung Hanjuurou saw him and immediately fell in love with him, going as far as secretly taking him outside and kissing him. But when he tried to propose, their parents let them know that they both share the same gender. And that's it. Meh. While Shino, growing up thinking he is indeed a girl, seems to still have feelings for Hanjuurou, Hanjuurou never gets close to him in that way again, and the story ends with that kind of relationship between the two (except for the last "I want to eat you" which came so sudden that it feels like "Oh damn I forgot I write yaoi, here take this!").
While all of that would be acceptable as "that's how life is, unpredictable", you can't find an excuse for all the unanswered questions risen by the story, because that's just a poor writing job. Shino normally has black hair, but when he enters "killer mode", his hair miraculously changes the color - we never get an explanation for it. Moreso, Shino mentions that Hanjuurou is "the only one to stop him in that state", whyever. Not like it matters because he acts exactly the same as always when he has white hair, no bloodrush at all.
We also never get an explanation why the mansion of Shinos parents looks like a ruin. We don't know the exact age of the characters, but if we guess it's ~10 years after they met as kids, it's a pretty fast downgrade for someone from a wealthy family.
And that's how the story fades out, with more questions than before, a half-assed love story and a kid that became a servant instead of a samurai. The End.

This whole letdown gets even worse because the additional oneshot-story at the end is far better than the whole rest of the book, so if you don't have that much time, read chapter 5: Castilla and skip the rest.

@sofistree As much as I know from some other manga I read, it's one of several superstition-driven rituals to dress up your sick male child as a girl to keep evil away from it until it's grown up.
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Those were different times. Being the henchman of the emperor was a great honor, and it seems like he only got jobs to get rid of bothersome people, like the group that, unlike him, randomly murdered innocent people just for fun.
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by Kinky-Chan
May 14th, 2012, 7:20am
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
Hmm..there's nothing "yaoi" about the main story except for the one shot. Really. If I have to say, it's nothing like shounen-ai as well. There's no romance or anything like that. It just shows the past of the main characters, how they get through, how they feel like, what happened to them and all. And it's surprisingly very short. I don't really get what the whole story is about. I kinda liked the one shot, which is way much better than the main story.
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by LovelyCookie
April 18th, 2012, 12:01pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
The main story was very disappointing. It left lots of unanswered questions and it was plain boring. The oneshot was just cute enough that I'm not completely regretting reading this manga.
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Cute, I suppose.  
by sofistree
February 7th, 2012, 10:23pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
The main story was okay. The kid was...uninteresting. The other two were cool, but not enough time was spend on them. And I did NOT understand the whole "dressing like a girl" thing in the main story... Weird.

The extra was cute. I loved the question at the end! "Since you're eyes are blue, does everything look blue to you?" Hahaha!

... Last updated on February 7th, 2012, 10:24pm
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Handles One Issue With Deft Hand; Leaves A Lot of Intriging Threads Dangling  
by MightyMaeve
November 27th, 2009, 2:46pm
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
I really liked both Testsu, for his passionate love for life, indomitable spirit with youthful bounceback, and his belief in himself; and Shino, for his mature but fatalistic-realism approach to survial and life. Shino, although severely broken by a largely unexplored tragedy, still mangaes to survive in a violent world as only he knows how. The youthful innoncence of Tetsu allows him to gain back the humanity he was slowly losing.

This story really doesn't delve deep into the tragedies of both character's pasts, but it only covers the here and now in a very poetic interlude.

The eros-type romance is minimal and not between Shino and Tetsu the child, but Shino and the only man who he lets into his personal sphere as an adult. One chapters details the childhood friends' short-lived but pivotal for Shino's life "romance" as children.

The story was disappointing as far as a "finished" feel. Most of the questions raised are never answered. The main question of the choice Tetsu is going to make in his life, is the one that is focused on and answered well.

Castilla reviewed seperately.

... Last updated on November 27th, 2009, 2:53pm
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not good  
by mangafan321
July 9th, 2009, 7:59pm
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
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i didnt like Shino he was such a hypocrite. how can he criticize others when he makes a living off murdering people? and whats sick is they he thinks its ok to kill people because the emperor feels they need to die. he cant even choose on his own to take lives but he lets others tell him what to do. these people might be good people but he doesnt care, i cant stand him...
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