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Most of our readers are in all probability conversant in Rumiko Takahashi’s longest operating sequence, Inuyasha. It is the story of a younger girl named Kagome who time travels by way of a properly to feudal Japan and finds herself all tousled with demons and curses. Takahashi’s newest manga, Mao, takes these acquainted themes and reworks them to craft a new journey.
Nanoka grew to become an orphan at a younger age when a freak accident killed her dad and mom, however left her miraculously unscathed. Years later, a rumor goes round in school that unusual noises have been heard coming from that very spot. Nanoka tags together with a few of her associates, curious to see if there’s any reality to it. When Nanoka steps by way of the close by gate and into the buying district, she finds herself transported again in time. But one thing harmful lurks right here. Nanoka’s instantly attacked by an evil yokai masquerading as a human.
Enter Mao. This mysterious man steps in, not as a result of he’s frightened in regards to the woman within the bizarre garments getting damage, however as a result of he needs info from the yokai. When he doesn’t get it, he lets the monster die. Mao’s assistant introduces his grasp as an exorcist. The two examine suspicious happenings in hopes of acquiring results in assist Mao monitor down a malicious cat demon often known as Byoki. This evil yokai put a curse on Mao and his blade, and he needs to know the reasoning for it.
But now Nanoka has much more questions. He known as her an ayakashi as if she’s supposed to grasp what which means. And her injured arm is totally healed the subsequent morning. Not solely that, she doesn’t really feel as frail as her caregivers insist she is day in and time out. She even refuses to drink that terrible smoothie they pressure her to ingest each morning. Something is happening, and Mao is perhaps the one individual that may assist her make sense of all of it.
The story makes it fairly clear on this first manga quantity that there’s a connection between Mao and Nanoka much like that of Kagome and Inuyasha. We’ve acquired a time touring portal, a curse, a feminine heroine, and a reluctant male companion to show her the ropes. Even Mao’s shikigami assistant Otoya offers me some delicate Shippo vibes. But we’re not in feudal Japan anymore, which suggests there’s a lot extra that Takahashi can do. I’m intrigued to see how Takahashi places a new spin on yokai in an rising trendy world. This is why I discover myself fully on board to take this action-packed, yokai-filled journey with Nanoka, Mao, and Otoya.
Mao manga quantity 1 is accessible. You can read a preview right now on the official Viz web site.