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From Tokyopop:
The time is 972 A.D. in Kyoto, the capital of ancient Japan. Kyoto is becoming a corrupt and run-down city; selfish samurai and onmyoji, who care only about gaining political power are everywhere. To make matters worse the city is suffering from famine and widespread disease. Unable to ignore the condition of the city any longer, the Imperial Court decides to send Minamoto no Raiko, a famous samurai well-known for his archery skills, to recover a legendary gem, the Magatama, said to hold mysterious power to save the world. However Raiko also falls ill to disease. Instead his youngest sister, Hikaru, decides secretely to make the journey in his place. Hikaru meets many people, and has many adventures while on her trip for the legendary gem.

Serves as a prequel to the anime.


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Associated Names
Otogi Zoshi

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 (end) by Manga-Sketchbook over 11 years ago
v.1 by Manga-Sketchbook over 11 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at the story happends before the anime starts

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 7 / 10.0 (53 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.88 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 7th 2016, 2:30pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Blade (Mag Garden)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (2 Volumes - Complete)

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Monthly Pos #1414 increased(+458)
3 Month Pos #2697 increased(+1128)
6 Month Pos #5147 increased(+645)
Year Pos #6203 increased(+1936)

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On 149 wish lists
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by darknova42
February 6th, 2009, 9:11am
You'll see a bunch of the other comments saying "it should be longer" or "it should be longer than 2 volumes". While its true it gives you a feeling of "there should be more" since it serves as a prequel to the anime it accomplishes that purpose perfectly. Since the anime is the "more" you're looking for.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by tuhuyen264
August 12th, 2008, 10:19am
I can't believe that this manga can be soooooo short! It's has such a good plot and the art work is very fantastic! And i think it should be a shounen manga with long story,many characters and become very famous! Such a pity ( i think the main character should be a guy not just a little princess likes to cry and wore man clothes )
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not bad, could have been longer -and better-   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by elianthos
June 19th, 2007, 7:05am
Art is good, characters are interesting. But the story ends right when things are going to get really juicy and big.
As it is, you can appreciate the story in itself, but it's actually a prequel for the related anime (that was fansubbed by Anime-Kraze with the title Otogizoushi). Watch the anime, you'll know the end of the story and what becomes of the characters ;) (eh, in this case you'd better reading the manga AFTER watching the anime anyway, because the final chapter of the manga has a big spoiler for one of the characters' identity).
Nice reading overall. Pretty Heian clothes, decent action scenes, and the plot (manga + anime) is intriguing.

... Last updated on June 19th, 2007, 7:06am
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Somewhat good   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Sunfizz98
December 21st, 2006, 11:18am
The art is decent for the first few chapters and improves towards the second volume. The storyline was alright, but I think the artist or director could have done a better job by expanding it further than two volumes. There were some good issues dealing with ethnography and society roles. Overall, I would have preferred this series to be longer.
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