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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
Izumo no Ryuu
Niisama Tredits

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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Solid manga   
Rating: N/A
by Ukantach
May 18th, 2017, 4:27am
This manga is one of the most solid one I have come across. There are very few flaws in the storyline and everything got wrapped perfectly in a seemingly rush ending. Although the final boss seems pretty weak, it's due to the ability of Iori (turtle girl) that is made to perfectly counter his OP lights.

After re-reading it, I found that it is implied that the Gods are pretty bad creatures rather than the ones that "saved" the world. Ezo sensei remembered he was "manipulated" into releasing the Dragon God, and the culprit is none but the God itself. So, it is reasonable that the Gods are killed in the end, as without their deeds the so-called bad guys wouldn't have been realeased again in the first place
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by kiriee
January 10th, 2016, 9:04pm
This is good manga, not great but just good enough, I thing what make this stand out is the lack of cringe moment that we usually find in good manga, so I think this make it great manga. What make this manga good is focus, there's so little filler chapter all chapter is there for the sake of the ending, the character while good is not really special, I do like that there's no character that I want to punch, and I like the ending.

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I don't know everyone see it, but the god in this manga suck, it just there to bring problem, never once there's indication where god bring prosperity, not only that the Jingi god also suck ass they just show up to take sacrifice, they don't even care when the world is ending what god is that, so when the character decide to kill it I was bit surprised I always though the author want to end it on perfect term, of course after the ending, I finally notice that the god itself was a douche on purpose since the beginning so this is definitely not just some after thought.

Otogi Matsuri may not have thing that make them great manga, but it still worth reading, the story is concise, the character is good.
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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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great ending   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by whitespade
February 13th, 2015, 9:25pm
now, i understand some people are angry because of the deus ex machina, but i think its quite a funny ending imho. because humans really are better off by themselves without gods.
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Fun but flawed   
Rating: N/A
by Uthred
January 15th, 2015, 1:42am
As other comments have said it certainly feels like a throwback to "classic" shonen stuff, but it lacks a certain something to push it beyond mediocre. While the world and the characters are interesting enough, and fitting for this type of story, the pacing is absolutely atrocious. The plot lurches from scene to scene with little rhyme or reason, often leaving one chapter feeling entirely disjointed from the next. This isnt helped by the drop in quality of the translation in the last three volumes, it desperately needs a second pass by a native english speaker.

Still despite its flaws its a relatively solid action piece, worth a read if youre a fan of such things
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That ending...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by MondSemmel
January 14th, 2015, 2:59pm
Dear authors, you do not get to make a story with such a setup, only for it to have this kind of resolution. It's ridiculous. So disappointing.

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By the last chapter, the protagonist's lifespan has been totally used up. Throughout the story, it's been stressed that it's unrecoverable, that he'll die after the battle is over. And then the battle does end, and the author pulls a ridiculous deus ex machina so the protagonist can survive, invalidating the entire setup.

... Last updated on January 14th, 2015, 2:59pm
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it's a good throwback..   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by jjkyxr
April 25th, 2013, 5:38pm
.. to the classic action shounen with its typical Japanese folklore cliches. sounds boring, and at times you might agree, but the execution of the plot, characters, and story fluidity is done adequately.

i don't really agree with the seinen tag too much since i think this story is caught in between shounen and seinen. reasons are that the good and evil is painted pretty black and white, the characters act mature and reasonable in their situations, there's a very large age range with the main character cast, the story takes into account of the 'grownups'/government (minus family members for whatever reason..), pretty straight forward storyline, and there is a good bit of graphical death/murder involved. wouldn't recommend to kids though since the violence does get a bit too graphic at the end.

i don't really recommend this story though if you have no interest in demons, ghosts, yōkai, obake, yūrei or whatever mystical creatures that come from Japanese folklore. the characters and other story elements don't really pull you in otherwise. although the artwork for those monsters are pretty interesting at times.

Edit: imo, the ending felt thought out and timely which is sometimes hard to find in manga. also an ending that throws in commentary on human behavior that is brewing discussion throughout these reviews is a job well done imo. also the romantic subplot tag is very light, up to the bitter end. i'm just glad Irori Mikawa got some time to shine.

but after reading it all, i still can't give this manga something higher than an average rating. not enough badass moments? characters maybe too bland? monster of the week vibe for too long? too straightforward and predictable? i can't quite place it.

... Last updated on March 18th, 2015, 9:06am
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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: N/A
by shaheer
December 20th, 2011, 11:11am
Action, myth, set in modern times these elements are difficult to put into id a harmonious pattern but this manga has managed to keep it under well balanced state.
Usually the shonen mains are the most annoying ones out there but Otogi painted the main out really well.
the whole setup is set in modern times where a Boy who doesnt believe in supernatural accidentally smacks a shrine open, out from it a strange bird like beast posses him and gives him the power to fight monsters in exchange of sth that he holds dear the most.
Steadily Yousuke finds more allies some experienced and some novice than him in this operation of destroying different types of monsters which is ransacking and destroying places all over.

its a highly underrated manga given it has such good elements in it

... Last updated on December 20th, 2011, 10:54pm
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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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