Saturday, May 2, 2015

Manga Review: Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Volume 12, by Arina Tanemura

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: February 2014
Volumes: 12
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 11.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sakura is the granddaughter of a mysterious moon princess who slew demons with her Blood Cherry Blossom sword. All her life Sakura has been forbidden to look at the full moon without knowing why. Then one night, unhappy over her impending marriage, Sakura gazes up at the moon, only to see a demon attacking her...

Sakura, grieving for all her friends who have died, returns to Aoba’s estate. Enju attacks, and Sakura loses two more people she loves. And just when she believes the battle to finally be over, Princess Kaguya appears!

Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for teen audiences.


This did not end how I thought it would. There were definitely more twists and deaths than I expected.
But overall I’m pretty happy with it. It was messy and sad, but I think it worked out pretty well. I think it probably worked out the way it should have. Mainly Sakura’s story—I think hers ended the best. Some of the others just make me sad.
I’m not even sure what else to say about this volume. I won’t spoil anything, so I won’t go into detail. I’m happy with how it ended, I’m sad, but it was very good.
As a sidenote, Tanemura mentions in the sidebars that she’ll be switching to a different magazine, and working on a more contemporary series next. I hope it gets picked up as the series gets longer, because it sounds good, and her books are really always worth it.

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