Tail of the Moon

Alt title: Tsuki no Shippo

Vol: 15; Ch: 105
2003 - 2007
4.004 out of 5 from 933 votes
Rank #3,802
Tail of the Moon

In the year 1580 in feudal Japan, Fifteen-year-old Usagi is a klutz of a ninja who can't seem to complete her training. As she's unfit to be a ninja her great grandfather sends Usagi to Segachi on a very special mission: to marry the skilled ninja Hanzo Hattori and bear his child! However, there's a problem: Hanzo has no desire to be married. Usagi is allowed to stay with Hanzo for one year in order to complete her training, during which she tries her hardest to catch his eye. But lovely rivals such as Yuri and the Princess Sara, and love triangles with childhood friends and others stand in the way of true romance. Will Usagi ever end up with her beloved Hanzo?

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This manga was so good that I literally could not put it down. If you dig shojo or romance, this is definitely worth reading. This story sort of struck me as a cinderella story. Not that the girl was poor in the beginning, but rather that she's a goof with no talent in the art of being a ninja, yet the leading male character, who's pretty much perfect in every way, manages to warm up to her anyway. The story starts with a girl, Usagi, who's the great grand daughter of the leader of her clan (who happens to be a very powerful ninja). She's slow, dimwitted, and pretty much incapable of being a ninja. Her grandfather sends her on a mission to a nearby settlement that is run by another clan, the Hattori. The mission? She can't come home until she is married to Hattori Hanzo and bears his children. The problem? Hanzo wants nothing to do with her. It's a pretty awesome page turner, and the plot never feels disconnected. The art was pretty good, at the start of every chapter there was a picture drawn by the mangaka of one of the characters in an outfit (Hanzo as a nurse, Usagi is a school girl), I thought it was kinda cool. Hanzo is drop dead gorgeous (so are all of the male leads, pretty much), so if you love reading manga with bishies, this one will make you drool. Hanzo is a badass ninja, one of the best, and so it's kindof awesome to watch him steamroll over his opponents. The manga went into deep backstory for Usagi, Mamezo and Goemon, but didn't really touch too much on Hanzo's childhood, other than the fact he was raised by his sister and she was strict. Bottom line: if you're looking for an amazing romance story, check this out!

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