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Otogi Matsuri  
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Life was peaceful and quiet in the small port village of Miyakono, located in Japan's Kyoto prefecture. Quiet, that is, until the townsfolk were shocked by a rash of bizarre murders. Rumors abounded about the nature of the killer, but one thing was clear: the bodies were mangled by what appeared to be a set of very large teeth.
When a trio of students investigate the temple where the most recent victims were slain, a young man named Yousuke stumbles into and breaks a small shrine, from which emerges a phoenix-like creature made of light that flies towards him and disappears. When he realizes that none of his friends saw the light, Yousuke tries to put it out of his mind... until he is later attacked by the demonic beast that is responsible for the recent deaths. It is then that the phoenix spirit re-appears, offering Yousuke the power to defeat the inhuman beast that is stalking him.
A power, however, that will come at a great cost.


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Associated Names
주작의 활
Otogi Matsuri: Dark Offering

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Death Toll
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Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.73 (end) by Death Toll over 3 years ago
c.72 by Death Toll over 3 years ago
v.12 c.71 by Death Toll over 3 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (240 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.92 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 11th 2016, 12:55am PST



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Made of win and awesome   
Rating: N/A
by Ixiaz
January 21st, 2009, 6:38pm
This is an extremly good manga. It really pisses me off that i cant buy it, as the english publishers are half dead. And it's no longer being scanslated either, which is a shame considering how awesome it is.
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It's seinen for a reason   
Rating: N/A
by stigvindy
August 10th, 2009, 10:35am
Wandering spirits, menacing demons and high schoolers developing mystical powers. Sure it sounds familiar. But it hasn't been done like this.

The art is fantastic. Backgrounds are clearly detailed. The main male leads have that cool look and the female leads are pretty and above all are in correctly in proportion (no outrageously large breasts here). Action scenes are well drawn and murder has never looked better. This is not for the faint of heart, as some of the more bloody scenes (we are talking decapatation, limb removal and impalement) even made me cringe.

The plot itself is nothing new. A group of individuals rise up to confront this new demonic threat. What sets it apart is the pacing. You never feel like your missing anything when you are reading, the action is generally very fast paced, and the dialogue is very meaningful.

But what really makes this a great series is that it has it's own style, it deviates from the normal mechanics we are so used to in manga. The supernatural elements are very creative and yet they are still very realisitc because the author hasn't made the 'normal' world oblivious, unlike in Bleach where the 'normal' world is oblivious to the soul society. The main male lead has great personality traits, he's a good fighter but he is also quite perceptive, admits his mistakes, doesn't wait for others to lead him the way and is quite caring. There are quite a few unexpected twists, mainly in the romance department. I won't spoil anything but it's not your typical boy meets girl, boy saves girl's life, boy and girl fall for each other.

... Last updated on August 10th, 2009, 10:36am
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uwahh,,, please scanslate more   
Rating: N/A
by miss_samira
April 30th, 2006, 5:58am
really good art! facial expression and action scenes are impressive. haven't seen the something like this in a while.>_<. read until vol 6 only.... please continue scanslation....
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by evil-samurai
May 2nd, 2007, 12:07am
The art is Great! The monster designs are creative, and the characters are interesting. The monsters are a big part that makes the manga stand out more, and you can tell the the artist put alot of effort in into that.

The fight scenes look fantastic, its easy to follow and you aren't thinking how the hell do so and so happen.. all along with showing quite a bit blood. Its a Excellent manga and well worth a look at.
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Simply Epic!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by a8224
February 15th, 2012, 9:13am
I'm so glad that someone is picking this up~ This is such a great manga: beautiful art, interesting characters, hella intense plot that drives you to keep turning the pages! Haven't come across something like this for quite some time, really looking forward to what happen next...

... Last updated on February 15th, 2012, 9:14am
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by sOm1
July 30th, 2009, 6:41am
This is the first action-horror manga that I like!The story is pretty interesting and you can't guess what will happen next.The art also good and it won't be boring because it contains a bit romance also.
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I like this a lot   
Rating: N/A
by Bas
April 3rd, 2006, 12:46am
Good artwork, interesting characters, cool monsters and lots of gore, definitely a manga to watch!
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freaking awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by pxhai
December 10th, 2011, 2:23pm
After reading all the scanlated chaps, I can't help it but read all the raws. It's one of the coolest manga Ive ever read. It's the mixture of supernaturals and modern war (and godzilla biggrin ). It's way better than the best sci-fi Hollywood. Characters are badass, no crybabies like in lots of shonen shits.
A little spoiler: the teacher wielding 2 spears while riding CBR600RR was one of the greatest scenes in the entire manga, anime and real movies production.
A manga that will leave you in awe for a while. Totally recommended.
This real gem deserves more than 10, but oh well baka doesn't allow a score like that biggrin

Question: where can I buy this series in U.S? The publisher went bankrupt, and there are only some volumes on Amazon.

... Last updated on February 3rd, 2012, 10:42pm
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a sudden gem   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Famas
January 16th, 2011, 12:38am
It's great manga. At first it looks like your casual shonen - mc gets powers and fights monsters invading his town one at a time. But then innocent people die, girls don't run after him in packs, he's helpless half of the time and army/police gets involved. I was so interested I dl-ed the raws and "read" them. Add the very good art and it's 10/10.
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Seriously?! That ending!   
Rating: 8.2 / 10.0
by conquerorofheaven
April 27th, 2015, 11:59pm
This is a really good manga right up until the last chapter. Even then I highly recommend it. To be honest it was probably one of the best structured manga I've read in a long time. It didn't drag. The story wasn't elongated for no reason and it actually got better as it progressed.

The characters are really good. Especially, Yousuke, Ezou, and Irori. They're fleshed out, interesting, and I actually felt like rooting for them. The story is meh, but because it's so concise it doesn't really bring it down that much. And then the ending happened

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The whole story they make a point of showing how humans disrespecting the gods has caused everything and then they just end the manga with the characters doing exactly that. It was completely out of character too! I thought that the Jingi users especially would be against it and at least make an attempt to stop it!. But no, they just forget everything that's happened, all their gratitude and kill the Jingi. And what's their excuse "we never asked to possessed by you"! What! Had they not been possessed then the world would literally have been taken over by an army of demons.

The ending was weak at best and ruining at worst. It felt like the mangaka was just being childish and changed his mind at the last second.

... Last updated on April 28th, 2015, 12:00am
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