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Exotic. Smart. Lethal. Musashi #9 doesn't live the life of a normal teenager. Hers is full of intrigue, violence, and death.
Some people want to change the world. This sixteen year-old girl can. Deep ideological, religious, and social differences drive the world closer to destruction, and the innocent masses suffer while politicians huddle in safety. One ultra-secret organization is committed to preserving world peace, and their top agent goes by the code name Musashi #9. This agent battles terrorists and extremists, while bringing hope to the people she saves. The world may be a dangerous place, but it's a whole lot safer with Musashi #9 in it.
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I really loved this manga despite some of its imperfections. Ive reread this many many times(too many that I don't remember how many times anymore) and I'd say I loved it each time, some of the things I like to do when rereading is to wait until I forget parts of the story and when I read it again I get surprised again despite that Ive read it before because I don't remember it well. But with this series I can remember most parts really well cuz they all left quite a strong image on me, I find this series quite unforgettable. I really extremely love the main lead and I didn't really care that the female was manlier than the male I just thought it was lovely how she could find someone who loves her. I really admire her and for some reason she inspires me to do my best with what I can do. i think its worth 10/10 .
the main charatcer is soo cool and is a natural genius but they also show you that even they have hardships and times when they are not perfect but this manga is more realistic than others, it shows you the feeling, consequence and hardships of their life there is a diversity of characters and all are quite likeable the story is unpredictable and has suspense this manga truely unique and highly reciommended
Oh my gosh. The first couple chapters of this were really cool. But then it got episodic.. and episodic... and every chapter, they repeat at least a couple pages of the exact same lines. Musashi is so cool that she never really runs into any trouble, and people are constantly underestimating her.
Also, the romance was... painful. I've never seen a boy act so much like a flowery shoujo manga heroine before. All he could think about was himself, seriously. For the life of me, I'll never quite get what Kou saw in him.
Nice art, interesting concept. Painful read.
... Last updated on April 21st, 2012, 5:29pm
I loved this manga, i loved it for musashi and the fact that she does find a love interest, the fighting is cool and she is such an awesome female lead but I like the fact that it also showed her human side and that she was human. Angst makes me want to shoot my face of, but i didn't find it overly swimming in angst and thought it was really sweet, you can totally see that problem arising in real life should someone like Musashi exist. I love this manga and have read it heaps of times. I don't understand why some people don't like that fact that she does fall in love, if she hadn't I wouldn't have kept on reading it, it just would have been guns, fighting and as boring as anything with no character development, and I live for character development. It would have been like watching a robot with the occasional spark of human wit to keep it interesting, which, in the manga sets the scene and gives a little indication that there is more to musashi than just fighting. This makes her falling in love, understandable it doesn't jump out at you from no were and musashi doesn't turn into a super girlish princess whenever she is around her male friend. I really advise people to read this
... Last updated on March 3rd, 2012, 1:53am
Maybe not perfect, but a rare gem
I don't see how someone would talk badly about this manga. Sure, it's not perfect, not at all, but except for Bakuman none of my favs are either. I love mangas that can make me love it wholeheartly reading it through the first time. Finding faults rereading sits just fine with me. Which is exactly the case for 9 Banme no Musashi.
You know how most of the times female chars are absolutely freaking annoying? I came to hate female chars after a while... consequently, forgot that I'm a girl as well. No, I don't think I'm a boy nor do I want to be one. It's not as if I like guys either, but it came to be that I feel insulted and disgusted by girls from mangas animes and novels. This one, was one of those rare exceptions. It's not that all mangas with female leads are bad, but most mean they turn the manga either irritating or boring. For all I care, Musashi is a female that I can admire. The one thing though... she looks too much like a guy ><, even a girl can fall for her easily... yes, after knowing she's female.
I don't really care much about the romance part. I support her, she likes who she likes, and since I like her I wish for the best of whoever she choose. But well... reread it a few times already, 2 out of 3 I skipped those parts. I personally am more interested in her missions than her love life. The third time I read part of it... skipped the rest.
The art really isn't bad at all, it's not great either though. I do think it fits the manga very well, and I do like the style. But if anyone noticed, she has her lips closed most the time. Well, it fits her personality... but you gotta make sure you don't realize it in the first place. Otherwise, like me, I get overly concerned and my attention gets directed to her lips whenever I remember. Also, the speech bubbles are a bit plain if you pay attention to them too. I probably wouldn't notice this had I not been reading Bakuman. Kinda directed my train of thoughts to more technical parts of the mangas...
The one thing I would have loved to see more of, is what becomes of the ppl that were involved in her missions. I want a continuation, whether involved more with UB or with other people that she saved. There were a few times when those situations came up, but only a few, and only briefly.
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Specifically saying, I wanna see those classmates of Shingo's turn up more... And the people she saved before too. Simple put, I love seeing their amazed faces when they learn how great she is lol~ You know, the feeling of craving for someone's background to be exposed. The most simple and direct example would be Detective Conan.
... Last updated on April 28th, 2012, 7:39pm
Author ruined the character
Manga started out quite good, really good heroine for the lead character, but couldn't get past volume 6 because of the weird direction the plot started to take, nobody wants to read 4-5 volumes of whining from the male love interest, would of been better had there been no or very little romance element in the manga, especially with such a crap male supporting character.
I don't know how it got such good ratings? Maybe I didn't read far enough? But to be fair I shouldn't have to get to volume three before actually being entertained. It was the most damn boring manga I've ever had the misfortune to read. The genres and the ratings were what drew me in but all it was was a girl dressed as a guy going around and saving people. And you had to read each boring individual story and then have her save the day at the end. Where's the romance? Where's the entertainment? The people below me seem to have given it a ten but I'm giving it a 1. I'm sure its entirely possible the manga gets much better but why should one have to suffer so much crap before they get there?
cool lead character
this is actually one of my favorite mangas not because of the manga itself but because of Musashi. she was so cool because she's not you typical female character. however, i prefer that this manga being shounen rather than shoujo. it is somewhat a disappointment that Musashi has to fall inlove. oh well, we can't have everything. overall, if you like a secret organization and stuff like that then you'll probably enjoy it.
... Last updated on May 2nd, 2010, 10:48am
The first three chapters are awesome. The weapons and people are awesome, especially Takahashi-sensei's idea of the Ultimate Blue Organization. This story is a new one for me. It takes on allot of new thoughts and it's just overall new in a cool way. I haven't seen anything like it. You definitely need to read up to at least chapter three before you even give up on the series at first glance.
Despite being started in 1996, this series look better like the art of the 80s. I am seeing the female version of Black Jack, who is calm, quiet, charming, flawless, fearless etc, who can ride an airplane at the age of 9, who always makes misunderstandings at first due to her harsh tongue, but gains admiration later with her super heroic job . That is, in short, she who never does wrong. Of all manga I've read about this type of characters, only Black jack lives strong until today, and apparently TAKAHASHI Miyuki did not do as well as Osamu Tezuka had. All missions ended with the same scenes: adoring eyes and talks sounding like "those angels will protect us". The Ultimate Blue is portrayed like fearless people working endlessly for peace. They are anywhere, anyone, can do anything. Their ultimate power makes this series boring.
I would rather give it a "7", if there weren't the mission with terrorists taking over a plane. 3 children of U.B were sent to deal with them and landed the plane. I mean, 3 children? What kind of adults would let children do the killing stuff? If U.B were the organization for peace, they should at least consider peace for their children's childhood. Erh... are they really children anyway? They look more like robots