The Kouga Ninja Scrolls - Volume 4

Author: Futaro Yamada
Artist: Masaki Segawa
RRP: 6.99, US $13.95
ISBN-13: 978 0 099 50637 9
ISBN-10: 0 09 950637 8
Ages: 18+
Available 01 March 2007

The titanic battle between the clans rages on. Akeginu and the blinded Oboro of the Iga clan encounter a powerful aristocrat named Ofuku, who will do whatever it takes to make her godson, Takechiyo, the next Shogun. If Ofuku and her troops join forces with the Iga, will the Kouga still have a chance at victory? Meanwhile, the Kouga leader, Gennosuke, also blinded, and his comrades - including the shapeshifter Saemon and the deadly seductress Kagerou - embark on a long journey to Sunpu to find out exactly why the truce was dissolved. They in turn will face the fury of the calculating Tenzen and the whirlwind-wielding Koshirou. In the end, who will survive this bloody game of deception and politics...?

Volume 4 of Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls sees the feud between the Iga and the Kouga clans continuing uninterrupted. As this collection opens, only four members of each clan are still alive. The four remaining Kouga clan members have taken it upon themselves to find out why this bloody war has been raged. Why was it that peace between the two clans broke down?

On their journey they spot a hawk that is carrying a scroll. They soon realise that it is Oboro's hawk - which means that the Iga clan must be nearby. If they are to escape alive and continue with their quest they will need to tread carefully. Do the Iga know they are there? Or are they still looking for them?

The artwork is much more impressive than the majority of mangas on the market, and the writing, if a little clichéd in parts, provides plenty of twists and turns. Certainly worth picking up.

Pete Boomer

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