Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Manga Review: Shuriken and Pleats, Volume 2, by Matsuri Hino

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Volumes: 2.
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The creator of Vampire Knight returns with a tale about a female ninja in modern Tokyo.

When the master she has sworn to protect is killed, Mikage Kirio, a skilled ninja, travels to Japan to start a new, peaceful life for herself. But as soon as she arrives, she finds herself fighting to protect the life of Mahito Wakashimatsu, a man who is under attack by a band of ninja. From that time on, Mikage is drawn deeper into the machinations of his powerful family.

With her final mission as a ninja fulfilled, Mikage strives to lead the life of a normal high school girl. But the shadows of her former colleagues threaten to mar the peaceful skies. Mikage encounters someone she thought she’d never see again...


I wasn't quite expecting a wrap-around, closed ending, but I like that that's how it's worked out. It feels more settled and resolved that way.
Mikage is trying to have a normal high school life, like her previous master wanted. She just keeps getting dragged into ninja business, though; she can't help but wanting to help, it's ingrown into her. Even going so far as continuously saving this boy in her school, who just shines so bright she can't handle it.
And then there's a new reveal with her master.
I won't spoil it, but I was surprised by the reveal. I didn't expect the story to go in that direction, but I guess it makes sense. The romance I didn't expect to go there, either; I guess I believed it was going to start fresh? I don't mind the way the story went, though I expected to. It fit.
This was a cute little series. It was a little harder to get into as some of her previous ones, but I still enjoyed it, and I'm happy with the ending.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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