Otogi Matsuri 1: Dark Offerings

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A teenaged outsider with strange new powers is Earth's only hope against a horde of demonic invaders! When high school student Yousuke Suruga accidentally breaks an ancient shinto shrine, his physical body merges with the Bow of Suzaku, an enigmatic weapon from ancient times. Yousuke's only hope lies with Ezo, the eccentric history teacher who wields the Spear of Seiryuu, another mystic weapon that, when combined with the Bow ...
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Overview

A teenaged outsider with strange new powers is Earth's only hope against a horde of demonic invaders! When high school student Yousuke Suruga accidentally breaks an ancient shinto shrine, his physical body merges with the Bow of Suzaku, an enigmatic weapon from ancient times. Yousuke's only hope lies with Ezo, the eccentric history teacher who wields the Spear of Seiryuu, another mystic weapon that, when combined with the Bow of Suzaku, may be the world's only hope against the ever-growing threat of the monster realm.

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A demon thirsty for human blood, a young girl who can see supernatural beings and a boy who inadvertently promises his future to the god of the south all combine to give Otogi Matsuri the speed and power of a runaway bullet train. From the first appearance of the bone-crunching "cat-spider" monster, Inoue gives notice that this adventure story is deadly serious. Its teenage heroes are enmeshed in a realm that has it in for any puny humans who get in the way of its gods and demons. Luckily for plucky high school boy protagonist Yousuke Suruga, he's been unwittingly armed with the bow of Suzaku, a weapon with phoenixlike powers. Together with Ryuuichi Ezo, who's similarly armed with the spear of Seiryuu, and Yomogi Inaga, armed with otherworldly vision, he's able to take on the cat-spider and, later, a horde of monstrous dragonflies controlled by a gigantic eyeball leading to some amusing absurdist dialogue such as "I saw a big eyeball going down the street!" Eventually, the demons are defeated and order is restored, but tantalizing loose ends have been left dangling for the next installment, making for a good, juicy adventure with evocative graphics and great promise for part two. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT - George Galuschak
Yosuke Suruga doesn't believe in the supernatural until the day he accidentally breaks a shrine at a Shinto temple. Soon afterwards a phoenix visits Yosuke's dreams; when the phoenix visits Yosuke's high school, life gets a whole lot more interesting. To complicate matters, a Nekugomu—a combination of a spider and a cat—is trying to eat the new girl in town. (Naturalists should note that since Nekugomu only eat human beings they aren't officially carnivores.) Luckily, the phoenix has attached itself to Yosuke's left arm, forming the fabled Bow of Suzaku. Translation: Yosuke can shoot spirit arrows from the phoenix's mouth. He uses his newfound powers to destroy the Nekugomu, but the crisis is far from over. Other monsters are coming, and Yosuke's powers have come at a terrible cost: he only has a year left to live. Otogi Matsuri: Dark Sacrifice is a well-done horror manga. What sets this graphic novel apart from the many other offerings in this genre are the monsters; the first volume alone features giant cat-spiders, fox spirits, talking doll-girls, swarms of life-stealing dragonflies, and a giant eyeball rolling down the street. It contains mild vulgarity (bastard), comic book violence, gore, and mild sexuality (we see a female character's panties) and is recommended for middle school collections and up. If Inuyasha is popular at your library, I would definitely give this a try. Finally, a correction: in the March 2007 issue of KLIATT, I mistakenly stated that CPM Press had discontinued its manga line. This is untrue, so future volumes of this title can be expected.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578007271
  • Publisher: Central Park Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 184

Meet the Author

Author Junya Inoue began his art career designing graphics for video games. Otogi Matsuri is his first published manga work.
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