198. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Vol. 9

Tono Monogatari by Hiroshi Shiibashi (US) - (Canada)
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Volume 9

Pages: 200
Ages: 13+
Finished: Jul. 21, 2012
First Published: Jun. 5, 2012
Publisher: viz media
Genre: manga, YA, fantasy
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "Kunio Yanagida collected kappa legends and zashikiwarashi yokai tales into a book titled Tono Monogatari"

Publisher's Summary:  "The yokai Hagoromo-Gitsune continues her attack to break the eight seals of Hidemoto. If she succeeds, the entire city of Kyoto will be under her full control. To save the city, Rikuo and his new found allies, other trainee yokai that he’s met in the city of Tono, will have to harness all the power they’ve learned and travel from the safety of Tono toward the ensuing fray in Kyoto!"

Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Two storylines are followed in this volume. Rikuo is trained in Tono and gathers together faithful yokai who agree to come with him to the showdown in Kyoto.  Meanwhile in Kyoto we are meeting Hagoromo-Gitsune, my favourite villain in this series so far.  I hope she stays around for a while!  We meet a lot of new yokai in this volume which is always fun.  There is plenty of action both in Rikuo's training and in the havoc H-G is creating in Kyoto plus the storyline is furthered. We also get another glimpse into the background as the story is rounded out.  Another fine volume in this stellar series.


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