Rurijo captures the smitten Hayate and uses moon spring water on him. Princess Yuri, betrothed to Lord Fujimurasaki, seeks the private compan...moreSynopsis:
Rurijo captures the smitten Hayate and uses moon spring water on him. Princess Yuri, betrothed to Lord Fujimurasaki, seeks the private company of another man. And Princess Sakura is taken hostage by the emperor...
It looks like Kohaku has waited too long after all. Hayate failed in his mission he gave himself. He went and fell in love with the enemy. Now Kohaku has gotten her heart broken. Maybe Shuri can comfort her?
Next, it seems the Emperor really couldn't be trusted. I should have expected him to do what he did, but I didn't see it at all. What an asshole. Well, he's not Emperor anymore, but it looks like Fujimurasaki has lost his future bride. What will he do now?
I was shocked at the chapters featuring Maimai and Princess Yuri. I probably should have expected it, but I didn't. I'm happy with the way it turned out, though. Maimai did something pretty terrible in the past, but it looks like he's gotten a chance to be happy now. If only it'll end up like that for all of Enju's followers. I still don't want to root for Rurijo, but when she isn't in her hatred of Sakura mode, she isn't so bad.(less)
Princess Sakura has been staying at the estate of Fujimurasaki, the future emperor. Fujimurasaki tells Sakura he loves her and keeps her hidden from A...more
Princess Sakura has been staying at the estate of Fujimurasaki, the future emperor. Fujimurasaki tells Sakura he loves her and keeps her hidden from Aoba. Sakura yearns to be reunited with Aoba, but he's to marry Princess Yuri...
This is a surprising volume. The thing with Princess Yuri comes to a close in an unexpected way. Fujimurasaki is a great guy. I hope he'll be happy in the future.
Aoba has been hiding something that I probably should have expected considering he can turn into a wolf, but it never even occurred to me. What will happen to him?
Then an unexpected development between Hayate and Rurijo begins to form. Maybe if Kohaku hadn't been so stubborn about waiting to reveal her feelings, it wouldn't have turned out like this. Rurijo isn't really all that bad of a person, but I just can't root for her.(less)
Enju and the followers of the moon are nowhere to be found after the destruction of the hidden palace. Sakura has returned with Aoba, but the...moreSynopsis:
Enju and the followers of the moon are nowhere to be found after the destruction of the hidden palace. Sakura has returned with Aoba, but the lovers may soon be parted again. The emperor has asked Aoba to take another bride...
Things take a turn towards normality in this volume, but that doesn't mean the problems have ended. The Emperor still doesn't trust Sakura and suggests that Aoba take on another woman as his concubine in order to quell rumors that he's under her control. Aoba doesn't want to do it, but if he doesn't, he has to give Sakura up to another man and marry someone else. It's a tough situation he's been put in and it seems like he starts avoiding Sakura.
Meanwhile, Sakura has inadvertently met the girl that the Emperor suggests that Aoba take as a concubine. She then thinks that Aoba has been going to meet Princess Yuri at night when she smells her scent on some of Aoba's clothes. Things take another turn when Sakura confronts him about it and he doesn't properly explain the situation and she runs away. Now she's a Fuimurasaki's place and he seems determined to keep her there...(less)
Every time Asagiri uses her powers, she shortens her life span. In spite of this, she continues to use her powers to fight her former lover,...moreSynopsis:
Every time Asagiri uses her powers, she shortens her life span. In spite of this, she continues to use her powers to fight her former lover, Ukyo. Though Ukyo will not attack her, this is a fight Asagiri cannot win.
Asagiri's battle with Ukyo doesn't last long. Ukyo decides on his own to help everyone to escape, but it isn't so easy because Enju just isn't willing to give up. He turns Sakura into a puppet and forces her to do something terrible. The only good thing that came out of it is Sakura knows what Enju is planning now and she's determined to stop him. He and Sakura still don't seem to understand each others feelings, though. It's a shame. I'm betting the ending of this series will be bittersweet.(less)
The battle between Kohaku and Shuri has ended, but Sakura is still held captive by Enju. Sakura tries to convince her brother that there are...moreSynopsis:
The battle between Kohaku and Shuri has ended, but Sakura is still held captive by Enju. Sakura tries to convince her brother that there are humans who will accept the moon people, but he will not back down. Enju tells Sakura she will soon need to choose sides and whom she is to destroy...
In this volume, we find out the result of Kohaku's battle with Shuri. It looks like Shuri is determined to carry out his mission. He's a good guy. I rather like him. It's a shame how he ended up in this situation, but at least it seems that Kohaku and Hayate understand now. I am worried about what Hayate thinks of Kohaku's feelings. I understand why she feels like she can't tell him now, but if she doesn't, he'll never know. I know Hayate wouldn't give her up, but it's not fair that he's in the dark like that.
Next up, it's Asagiri vs Ukyo, her former lover. We learn about their background together and why he's angry with her. We also find out more about Asagiri's situation. It seems, she may not have much longer to live as a result of what she did in order to survive. Ukyo, though, seems to only care about Asagiri and when he learns the truth, he turns against Enju. Can everyone make it out okay? It'll likely take a lot to take down Enju and there are still some of his allies running around.(less)
Aoba and the others storm Enju's hidden palace to rescue Sakura. Byakuya must defeat Maimai for the key to the tower where Sakura is being he...moreSynopsis:
Aoba and the others storm Enju's hidden palace to rescue Sakura. Byakuya must defeat Maimai for the key to the tower where Sakura is being held. Maimai is a ruthless killer, but Byakuya is about to unleash her secret powers...
There were some surprises in this volume. Byakuya's battle with Maimai goes in a way that I didn't expect at all. She's surprisingly violent.
Then, it's Kohaku up against Shuri, a ninja that betrayed their village. Only, that isn't the whole story. It was a pretty fierce battle and I'm still not completely sure how it turned out, but I guess I'll find out in v.6.(less)
Sakura, still grieving Oumi’s death, must fight the powerful youko of Uji. But she finds herself no match for the demon’s poisonous vapor. It...moreSynopsis:
Sakura, still grieving Oumi’s death, must fight the powerful youko of Uji. But she finds herself no match for the demon’s poisonous vapor. It’s time for Kohaku and Hayate—with a little help from the full moon—to step in.
Things take a bit of a turn here. Sakura isn't the only one from the moon around. At least she and Aoba are honest about their feelings now, but it seems even that was just a manipulation. Aoba doesn't seem to know anything about it, but Fujimurasaki does. What will he do?
We also learn something about Enju that I suspected ever since he was introduced. I feel for the guy. Something like that should never happen to someone. It looks like Sakura's being whisked away to the moon. What will you do, Aoba?!(less)
This is a good continuation of v.1. I'm really getting into the series and I pretty much adore Sakura even though I think she's pretty wei...moreMy Thoughts:
This is a good continuation of v.1. I'm really getting into the series and I pretty much adore Sakura even though I think she's pretty weird for (view spoiler)[falling in love with Aoba when he declared that he was going to kill her. (hide spoiler)] Those are some really wrong words and intent to fall in love over. Otherwise, I think she's pretty awesome. I can't decide if I feel like perhaps she's a little too good of a person, though. She will do anything to protect the people that think ill of her or mean to do her harm. At least there are some people that are definitely on her side. That's what's awesome about Asagiri, Byakuya, Kohaku and Hayate. I'm not sure how I feel about Fujimurasaki, yet. He seems to have good intentions towards Sakura, but at this point, you never know.
There are some people in this series with big secrets. I wasn't expecting the double-cross and I wasn't expecting someone else from the moon to show up. Oumi's past wasn't unforeseeable, but it was still sad. So is what happened to her. She didn't always treat Sakura the way she deserved to be treated, but in the end, she was brave.
Aoba gives me mixed feelings. On the one hand, he did what he did to Sakura and it's hard to forgive a hero that does things like that to the heroine. Yet, on the other hand, he does love her. He's pretty twisted up emotionally. I don't envy him. I just hope he picks one side or the other soon.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Sakura is the granddaughter of a mysterious moon princess who slew demons with her Blood Cherry Blossom sword. All her life Sakura has been f...moreSynopsis:
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...
I had to check this series out because Arina Tanemura's series always tend to really worm their way into my heart. When one of her heroines is sad, I'm sad, too. I cry when they do and I'm happy when they're happy. Her stories can start out pretty light, but some of them have had some rather dark undertones, so if characters start dying off, I won't be surprised. Especially since our heroine, Sakura, is currently under a death sentence. Didn't see that coming. Sakura is a great person, though. Especially for a 14 year-old. (view spoiler)[One of the people that have been closest to her during her life betrays her and the one that she hoped would love her tries to kill her. It looks like he won't stop trying to do it until she's dead, too. I'm so disappointed in you, Aoba. (hide spoiler)]
Does he believe whatever people tell him? How does he know it's true? It does seem that there is some truth to it, though. I think that so long as Sakura doesn't lose hope or herself, she'll be okay. Still, after everything that's happened, Sakura wants to protect these people. I'd leave them to fend for themselves. I guess I'm way more spiteful than Sakura is. =/
Things are getting really bad for Rikuo and the Nura Clan! The Hundred Stories Clan has started a really fucked up game! Rikuo is outed an...moreMy Thoughts:
Things are getting really bad for Rikuo and the Nura Clan! The Hundred Stories Clan has started a really fucked up game! Rikuo is outed and humans are trying to kill him left and right. The only way to stop it is to kill the seven members of the Hundred Stories Clan that make up the parts of Sanmoto. But at the same time, yokai unleashed by the Hundred Stories Clan are attacking humans. So not only is Rikuo trying to find the clan members and beat them, he has to not get killed by hordes of humans and keep them from being killed/eaten by yokai. Talk about a big mess! Kurotabo is pissed the hell off, but they've been ordered not to go and help Rikuo. The Hundred Stories Clan must be stopped or the Nura Clan will lose everything!
At least two of the Kiyojuji Paranormal Patrol know about Rikuo now. Kana just happened to be on scene and to protect her, he had no choice but to transform. Kiyotsugu saw the video on the internet. Kana seems confused and embarrassed at the same time. Likely because she's got a crush on night form Rikuo. She doesn't know how to act around him, anyway. I'm not sure if Kiyotsugu was upset that Rikuo kept the secret or if he's just pissed off. Will he go out and try to find Rikuo? Does he believe that stupid prophecy?
Right now, Rikuo, Tsurara and Kana have been cornered by Raiden, Sanmoto's hands. Can Rikuo win this fight? He still doesn't have Nenekirimaru after what Seimei did to it back in Kyoto. Can Rikuo win without a spirit blade? I'm so worried! Thank goodness the next volume is out next month.(less)
In this volume, we're in the past during the time of Rihan's leadership of the Nura Clan. We find out how the Hundred Stories Clan got it'...moreMy Thoughts:
In this volume, we're in the past during the time of Rihan's leadership of the Nura Clan. We find out how the Hundred Stories Clan got it's start. Sanmoto sure was a giant mountain back then and overloaded with fat. He was so damned greedy. We also found out how it is Kurotabo was a part of that clan. After clashing with Rihan, he seemed to come to his senses. We also see how Sanmoto became what he is. It's actually pretty gross.(less)
The Hundred Stories Clan is back in business for sure in this volume. They even manage to drag one of Rikuo's classmates into things as To...moreMy Thoughts:
The Hundred Stories Clan is back in business for sure in this volume. They even manage to drag one of Rikuo's classmates into things as Torii manages to get herself kidnapped by yokai once again. She thought she was following Kurotabo, but no way was he there. Then she stumbles upon the Hundred Stories members and ends up a part of one of their stories. If it wasn't for her calling out for Kurotabo's help, both Torii and Maki would be dead. Those two have rotten luck when it comes to yokai, seriously. This episode brings us to an encounter between Kurotabo and Yanagida of the Hundred Stories Clan. Apparently, they're working to revive that wretched Sanmoto.
Now that the Nura Clan knows for certain that Hundred Stories is back, Rikuo tells them to be vigilant. One of the Execs suggests that there's a spy in the Nura Clan, but isn't he the spy? From that chapter when Tamazuki was defeated way back when, wasn't he the one that got the Devil's Hammer from Yosuzume? Anyway, I'm on board with the spy thing. I'm worried about how this will play out. It's easy for the Hundred Stories Clan to expand since all that has to happen is for people to talk about them so much they become real.
Rikuo takes action to cement himself as the Third Heir to the Nura clan as Nurarihyon prepares to officially hand the mantle of power over to...moreSynopsis:
Rikuo takes action to cement himself as the Third Heir to the Nura clan as Nurarihyon prepares to officially hand the mantle of power over to him. The political move will change the landscape of the yokai power structure, and could grant Rikuo’s friends higher positions than they ever dreamed! But new responsibility brings new problems and breeds new discontent.
In this volume, we learn quite a bit. We find out why Hagoromo-Gitsune seemed to have memories of Rihan and Rikuo and why Rikuo saw her kill his father that night. It seems there has been some manipulation from the Underworld for quite some time. Sanotomo is an old enemy of the Nura Clan and he's been pulling strings for quite some time it seems. In the end, Seimei gets away, but his body isn't quite complete. Rikuo and the Nura Clan still have a year to get him before it's all too late.
Four months later, Rikuo has officially been instated as the Third Heir of the Nura Clan and some of his aides like Aotabo, Kurotabo and Tsurara have been made Executives. Tsurara gets put in charge of an area and they got attacked by a tsukumogami. Tsurara managers to defeat it, but it seems that Sanotomo's Hundred Stories Clan is on the move. This can't be good.
Next, Rikuo and Shoei go to investigate a shrine where teenagers get spirited away and it looks like Rikuo is the next to disappear!(less)
The yokai Hagoromo-Gitsune gives birth to the new reincarnation of Nue, also known as Abe no Seimei, ancestor to the world-killing Gokadoin c...moreSynopsis:
The yokai Hagoromo-Gitsune gives birth to the new reincarnation of Nue, also known as Abe no Seimei, ancestor to the world-killing Gokadoin clan. The fight to stop the birth lost, Rikuo and his allies must now not only stop Hagoromo from killing them, but also find a way to neutralize this new being that could signal the end of all things!
What in the hells is going on here?! What are those memories Hagoromo-Gitsune keeps having? What really happened the night Rihan was killed? Why is she calling Rihan father? So much to discover!
Right now, the Nura Clan, the Tono group and the Onmyouji group have a lot on their hands! Seimei is about to emerge from that giant baby shell and Rikuo and Yura are having a hell of a time against Hagoromo-Gitsune. However, she seems to be having some internal struggles of her own. When Rikuo starts speaking to the human her, she seems to be remembering the night Rihan was killed. From the angle that Rikuo saw it, Hagormo-Gitsune is the one that killed Rihan, but is that really what happened.