Lenni Reviews: “Shuriken and Pleats” vol 2 by Matsuri Hino

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In this second and apparently last volume, Mikage continues to try and live as a normal girl but there is more conflict concerning her former master’s involvement in these genetically modified seeds his family has.

Ok, this volume feels rushed and odd. The way Mikage gets roped back into being a shinobi again is predictable and pushed out as fast as possible. Where the first volume had this well paced introduction, this one is like two or three volumes crammed into one so I had trouble caring what happened at all. And the cute crush Mikage has on her master went from cute to creepy real quick. All the cute charm is gone and the story just stumbles over itself and gives up.

What a shame… Gotta give it 2.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: Shuriken and Pleats vol 1 by Matsuri Hino

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In this first volume, we meet Mikage Kirio; a ninja who has tragically lost her master. As his final wish was for the young Mikage to live the normal life of a teenage girl, she travels back to Japan in the hopes of attending school and having a peaceful life. Before she can even arrive at her new apartment, she stumbles into a ninja attack; saving the life of Mahito Wakashimatsu. As a friend of her former master, Mikage vows to protect Mahito from those who have been sent to kill him and becomes embroiled in the drama of a powerful and dangerous family.

For a first volume, things change pretty fast for our main character. It focuses less on Mikage adjusting to her new school and more on her new mission and coming to terms with the loss of her former master. It will be interesting to see how much the story will focus on high school drama in the future but this one is mostly awesome ninja action. I give this first volume a 4.5 out of 5 for having a complete adventure, interesting characters, and intriguing potential. Let’s hope later volumes are as exciting.

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