Kamunagara – Chapter 1


Reincarnated demon slayers… and one killer puppy to start it all.

Brief Summary

In the past, there were two warriors who were also lovers. However, one of them died, leaving only her lover the only demonslayer left in the world.

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Kugaya Hitaka was the bearer of such dreams. But like any normal person, he disregarded them.

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A car accident several years ago killed both of his parents so he lives with his aunt Sakuri.

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In school, there were two people that stood out to him. One of them was Takemi Kanata, a transfer student who easily fit in with her energetic personality.

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The other is Narugami Haruka, coach of their school’s kendo team. She constantly tries to get Hitaka to pick up the shinai again.

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Hitaka’s world was peaceful and nothing abnormal went on… until Kanata gave him a warning one day, foretelling of a stormy future.

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Walking home, he encounters a hungry dog. Feeling sympathetic, he decides to feed it…

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But that animal had other plans, seeing Hitaka as its food.

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Running away, he ended up cornered in some alley. Picking up a pipe, he swung hard against the beast’s head but it was ineffective. In a move made completely out of desperation, he moved his hand to block the demon’s attack… and somehow, summoned a sword to kill it.

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It wasn’t dead yet… until a new person stepped into view. Using a mirror to suck the remains away, Kanata sealed away the monster.

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Though he asked for an explanation, Kanata merely threw herself at him, crying as she’s reunited with her reincarnated lover.

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Impressions

Ok, everything about this smells of recycled shounen plot… but I was pleasantly surprised to find it beyond the norm. Sure there’s the reincarnated warrior, -save the world- mission, and magical weapons… but the plot is wonderfully composed. I’ve been reading all the (English) chapters available and it’s been very enjoyable. Not predictable but everything that happens is within reason… unlike Code Geass.

Since Hitaka and Kanata are reincarnated vessels of past lovers, you might expect their relationship to shoot off right from the start. That’s not the case due to several reasons (that I might reveal if I feel motivated enough to do more reviews). In addition, those two end up more like successors. Tohma, the spirit that resides within Hitaka, only made an appearance once. Otherwise, Hitaka is his own character. Kanata, though more influenced by the Tsukumi of the past, finds herself falling for Hitaka rather than Tohma. Because of that, there’s drama and romance. And it’s cute too!

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An excellent series with plenty of action and gore. Blending in drama and romance, it has everything but nothing was lost. High quality manga and I would definitely recommend this for every avid reader to pick up.

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3 Responses

  1. Interesting artwork, but too scary at times :P

  2. Nothing wrong with puppies… that try to eat you…

  3. You are thinking about Ranka :P

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