Award-winning manga artist Yoshinori Natsume made his debut in 1995 with UTENSHOYUKI in Shonen Sunday Super. TOGARI and his more recent series KUROZAKURO, both originally serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday, have been translated and are popular with fans throughout Asia and Europe.
Togari, Volume 1by Yoshinori Natsume
Tobe is a ruthless killer from medieval Japan who's been suffering in Hell for 300 years. After what seems like an eternity, he's finally given a chance for redemption--armed with the magical wooden sword Togari, he's sent to modern-day Tokyo to destroy 108 malevolent demons in 108 days. However, these demons must be vanquished without causing harm to their possessed human hosts. Will the baffling ways of the modern world and his own criminal tendencies make Tobe's quest against evil an unwinnable war? Fast-paced action seasoned with a touch of moral philosophizing make this series a must read for all!
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The art, the story, and the characters can all be summed up by one word: tight. They have motivations and personalities, and the actions scenes are wonderfully executed. You might think, at first glance, that the series is a complete hack-and-slash horro-fest, but the truth is Togari is much more involved than that. The 316-year-old Tobei has a lot to learn about the 21st centuryt, and his antics are nothing short of hilarious, and his effects on the other characters are absorbing. I recommend this to anyone with a love of action and subtle humor. 5 stars!