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Tail of the Moon, Volume 1

(Tail of the Moon #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  5,518 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Sometimes it seems like Usagi is hopeless. Sure, she's good with healing herbs, but she's the granddaughter of the leader of a prestigious ninja village and she's such a klutz that she's never made it out of the kiddie class. Finally frustrated with Usagi's lack of progress, her grandfather sends her to marry a local lord and have lots of ninja babies. But the lord has no ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by VIZ Media LLC (first published March 25th 2003)
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Seriously. What possessed me to read this manga?

It's pretty much a lesson in the superficial. Usagi literally wants to marry Hanzo because he's hot. I find that his ass-hole-like tendencies outdid any positive qualities he might have (this includes his defining feature of "being hot"). Hanzo doesn't really have anything else going for him. Just looks. I seriously can sum him up as, "Hot guy, bit of jack ass, is only nice when we need to remind the reader that he and Usagi are meant for each othe
Shannon Thompson
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mangas
Such a guilty pleasure. If you want a cheesy shoujo in a historical setting, check it out. Though it follows a lot of the same tropes—clumsy girl, “hot” uninterested guy, and rival love interests—I’m looking forward to reading volume 2.
The artwork is great. The storyline is fun, too. And there’s an adorable little piglet with fantastic comic relief.
Not going to lie. I’m rooting for Goemon.
Angela Auten
Taking a quick break from Wing Jones to read this beauty. I can't wait to dive back into this series. :)

Have decided to treat myself. Every 3 books I read I will read a volume of manga. (Taking a break from reading Bleach as well.)
Nov 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: shoujo
It started out okay, just like most of them do or can. I liked the idea, of course, but it seems like this one was just once cliche after another. She fell in love based on looks, before she even knew the guy, and pretty much everything after that went downhill.

I understand that heroines in most shoujo are usually the same: klutzy, eats a lot, innocent, always needing to be saved, etc. Only a few manga stories have ever pulled that off. This was not one of them.

May 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, shoujo
It started off fantastically, cute and lovable, but as the series dragged on, it became really obvious the mangaka didn't really have any large plot in mind. The characters are sweet and likable, but the whole setup seemed kind of cliched to me.

I read up to 8 and gave up. Ryo is better, and I wished they would just license it already Xd.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Review for the whole series!


Historical shoujo manga, and what I mean here is, with minimum fantasy elements and realistic as possible, isn’t in any way rare, but such manga seldom gets translated into English. I can at the top of my head name Kaze Hikaru (Japan), Red River (Anatolia), A Bride’s Story (Central Asia), Emma (England) and that’s it (there are of course more, but I just can’t remember any others). What makes the situation sadder is that historical shoujo manga isn’t as popular
Tabitha Murray
Mar 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a really great book about ninjas and a girl who's trying to become one.Usa,if I recall her name right,is a girl who's having trouble becoming a ninja so her grandfather pretty much gives her off to the head of the village,can't remember his name sorry,in order to become his bride.What'll happen?I know so far,XP
Dec 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
This book is perfect for those of us that like a little romance with our ninjas.
Usagi and Hanzo are a treat and all of their friends make it worth going through 15 volumes with enjoyable ease.
And I love that the author has little spots in each book where you can see your favorite characters in different types of dress.
Very cute.
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mixed-emotions
This is the first manga I've ever read so I had little expectations, and thank God for that. This isn't by any means a bad book, but it wasn't great either. This is only the first volume though so there's a big chance that it might improve in the next.
Apr 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tail-of-the-moon
love this manga hanzo one of those cool silent types and usagi the one that splashes some love on him
May 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Romance and Ninjas!
Amelia Fransisca
Jan 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
manga favorit gw...
keren bgt...
Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
tail of the moon is a good book. its really funny...i love mangas there awesome...i love
Apr 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Okay this is one of my favorite manga series ever. I love Rinko Ueda's work. If you haven't read this series you need to.
Sep 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Surprisingly enjoyable and sweet historical shojo series that doesn't take itself much seriously. I may be buying the second volume but I can't imagine going to 10+ volumes with this manga...
Aug 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
EEKK! I love this series. Very sad at the end, though. Very sad.
Sarah O'neill
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this series! It's a historical fiction romantic comedy ninja series with an absolutely relatable clumsy teenage heroin. This series got me interested in this era of Japanese history and as an American living in Japan, I was blessed to be able to visit the historical ninja town setting of the book in Iga. While it is a little bit of a cliché love story, it adds just enough of uniqueness and cultural accuracy to make you feel like a part of the story!
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At first glance I thought this was going to be total crap. I was really hoping that it wouldn't live up to my sad expectations of what I had heard from my friends. This blew those expectations out of he water and totally was a great read. I literally was crying at some parts. It's tat good. If it can make me cry I highly recommend it.
Alexandra Schlomer
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Extremely adorable but slightly disturbing. Usagi's childlike character is endearing and sweet, but her innocence is somewhat off-putting when considered with the adult nature of her mission.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-shojo
Funny and interesting, great series!
Nikki Sojkowski
When I first picked up the first 3 volumes I wasn't expecting much,to me it looked like every other girly manga I've ever seen as ne'er read. I mean SERIOUSLY a romantic ninja adventure?!? You've GOT to be kidding me :|

It was so super cute I absolutely loved it!!!! ^.^
Usagi is this hopeless ninja clan who's been sent to marry and bear Hanzo a child. The thing is, Hanzo just eats to be left alone. As soon as Usagi sees him she's smitten and falls head over heels for him but he seems unattainable
Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit-1-12
Usagi is the great-granddaughter of the chief of the Southern Iga tribe, a tribe of ninjas that specialize in hiring out to Japanese feudal lords who seek to unify Japan. In a tribe of master ninjas, Usagi sticks out because she cannot do the tribe's ninjutsu. Since she is unable to do ninjutsu, her great-grandfather gives her a special job. Usagi, who is 15 years old, must travel to Sagashi (a neighboring region belonging to the Hattori ninja family)and marry the chief of the Hattori clan, Hanz ...more
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-manwha, pick-it
This is one of my favorite shojo manga series ever! It does, however have a slow start. The first few volumes were very good but once you get started, the story really gets moving nicely. Usagi (also referred to as Usa) is the main character who at first almost annoyed me but soon became a fantastic character. And the other characters, too, are memorable.
Usagi goes to marry Hanzo (a ninja and head of the Hattori clan) but is initially pushed away by him. But our heroine is persist and and won't
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: what-i-own
I'm not sure what I think of the series yet. It's a lot more juvenile humor than alot of the manga series I read but it is not so much that aspect that is throwing me as the level of inconsistency in the humor. The series will jump from a poop joke to a double entendre just like that. So I can't figure out exactly how old the intended audience is supposed to be. From the amount of times they throw them into situations naked I would say at least high school, though I find it strange that the main ...more
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
I thought I would love this series because I love historical settings and where the two protagonists start off hating each other or being forced into a relationship. Boy was I wrong. Usagi was an unbearable protagonist constantly needing rescuing and her only motivation to better herself was to get the affection from a guy who doesn't even like her. Ugh. Usually I can tolerate a protagonist like this if there are more redeeming females in the manga but the author either made them super gorgeous ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, manga
I just finished all of Tail of the Moon! I have read a lot of manga and the majority of it has been okay, but every once in a while I stumble upon a series that blows the others out of the water. Tail of the Moon is one of them. It has excellent character growth and a very good message about forgiveness. The art is very well done and the panels easy to follow. Not to mention how funny it is. I laughed and laughed. And then I laughed some more. Sad it's over but glad its ends are tied up and wont ...more
Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
Apr 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anime fans, Manga fans
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One thing that I really like about this manga is the artstyle. The artist is very talented in this aspect. I also enjoyed a previous series, Ryou, written by the same mangaka.
The settings take place in the 8th year of the Tenshou Period(1580),
Hoojiro, in the Southern Part of Iga.
Our story follows a young girl and a small boy. Our growing leading lady is obsessed with learning her clans ninjutsu, but her grandfather springs on her that she is to become the bride of Hattori Hanzou who is the head
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, shoujo, romance
I need to read right now volume 2

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Although I really hate the male lead

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Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was surprised at how quickly I fell in love with this series when I read the first volume. I like ninja stories and I like romantic stories. So why would't I like a romantic ninja story? I picked the book up and I am ashamed to admit that I did not think I was going to like it as much as I did. I thought the author might have been trying too hard to marry the two ideas. It really is a cute idea and it is both well written and well drawn. I will be reading my way through this series as quickly ...more
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read this book review on goodreads and then I become curious about this manga. Thanks God, I've found the seller on the internet and got these series 3 days later..whoaa..I'm so happy!!

As you can read on the other reviews, this series has an interesting stories which is combined between love story, comedy and also history about Japan. I love the story. I cannot stop reading this manga and I found myself reading this manga until late midnight..hahaha

I would recommend this book, but not for childr
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Tail of the Moon (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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