Haruka, Vol. 1: Beyond the Stream of Time

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Akane is your typical teenage girl...until she swallows a Dragon Jewel, which transports her to the Heian period of ancient Japan! There in the city of Kyou, Akane learns that she has been foreordained to lead the people as the Priestess of the Dragon God! But all is not well. Akram, the head of the Oni Clan, has sworn death and destruction on Kyou. So Akane appoints eight young men, the Hachiyo, to stand by her side as she faces the danger that awaits...

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Overview

Akane is your typical teenage girl...until she swallows a Dragon Jewel, which transports her to the Heian period of ancient Japan! There in the city of Kyou, Akane learns that she has been foreordained to lead the people as the Priestess of the Dragon God! But all is not well. Akram, the head of the Oni Clan, has sworn death and destruction on Kyou. So Akane appoints eight young men, the Hachiyo, to stand by her side as she faces the danger that awaits...

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Publishers Weekly

Akane, an ordinary high school girl lacking personality, is summoned back in time to a magical world resembling Heian-era Kyoto. She is declared "Priestess of the Dragon God" and assigned the task of bringing back the four gods to protect the city from demon invaders, with the help of eight warriors, all of whom are attractive young men. The demons are also attractive, blond sorcerers, and Akane quickly falls in love with the chief demon. The book is based on the PlayStation 2 game Harukanaru Toki no Naka de and has been adapted into an anime series, a movie and several OAVs. Unfortunately, Akane's lack of characterization is typical for a work based on a videogame. The only thing separating this book from similar manga series is the addition of Akane's two high school friends to the eight guardians. The line work is extremely fine and wispy; costumes and hair are beautifully rendered. Unfortunately, the action is hard to follow, particularly to those unfamiliar with the strict subgenre conventions of this type of manga. It's the kind of book that passes the flip-through test with flying colors, but when read, comes up very short on substance. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up -On her way to school, Akane hears a voice and, inexplicably, lands in Japan's Heian period. Based on a video game, this manga doesn't make the crossover very well. Perhaps it's because, in the game, figuring out that swallowing floating jewels advances the character, but in a story it's just silly. Having consumed the gems, Akane adjusts to the new time period remarkably well. She is told that she's the Priestess of the Dragon God, a position that includes perks like cute bodyguards and the ability to sneak out of her body. She'll need the help of her friends as she faces off against the alluring oni or demon Akram. There are so many characters with long flowing hair and drab personalities that it's hard to decipher who's who. The story moves too quickly, introducing characters and often cutting to a subplot in the middle of another scene. The artwork is standard manga fare and not unique enough to warrant a purchase. Though Akane is in ancient Japan, there is little to reflect the setting or period. Close-ups and cherry blossoms dominate the pages. If teens ask for manga based on video games, history, or oni love, give them Shinya Kaneko's Culdcept (Tokyopop), Taeko Watanabe's Kaze Hikaru (Viz Media), or Mike Takeuchi's Her Majesty's Dog (Go! Media Entertainment) instead.-Sadie Mattox, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421517711
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time Series , #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tohko Mizuno made her mangaka debut with Night Walk, which ran in Lunatic LaLa magazine in 1995. Showcasing her delicate line work and use of rich textures and patterns, the quasi-historical Haruka is Mizuno's first serialized manga and is based on a video game of the same name. It has spawned several books, including a fanbook, a super guidebook, and a collection of illustrations. Mizuno is also the author of Mukashi, Oboronaru Otoko Arikeri (Once Upon a Time, There Was a Hazy Man).

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