Saturday, August 23, 2014

[RAW] Shuriken to Pleats - Chapter 2

So far, I am really enjoying this series. The main reason is because my "hometown" here in Japan is famous for being the home-base for one of Japan's best-known ninja clans in ancient times, so a story about ninja fills me with local pride. Also, I like how this story is really taking its time to develop and flesh out the back story before proceeding forward. After 2 chapters Mikage hasn't even arrived at the school yet, and we still don't know the male-lead's name. 

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In this chapter Mikage tells the guy she met at the end of the last chapter to run away while she fends off the ninja, but the ninja retreat without really engaging with her. This is a good thing, because the guy collapses a few feet away, unable to move. At first Mikage despairs, thinking that he was hit with a shuriken and died because she couldn't protect him. In fact, he is still alive and he tells her that he's out of his medicine and he hands her the business card to a private clinic and tells her to get him there, then he passes out. Mikage brings the guy to the clinic and they fix him right up. When he wakes up he  asks Mikage if she's a ninja too like the guys trying to kill him but she doesn't answer. Then he grabs her and tells her he wants to hire her to protect him from them. It's revealed that the sick guy is very wealthy (Mikage saw he had tons of money in his wallet when she took some money out to pay the taxi driver who brought them to the clinic) but not who or what (job) he is. Mikage declines his request to become his bodyguard, saying that she's vowed to work for only one man her whole life. Sick guy is really persistent asking her over and over again so she thinks that maybe he is misunderstanding her Japanese (she was raised in England) so she rephrases the "a lifetime in service to only one master" bit a few different ways and asks him again if he understands what she's trying to day. From this he misunderstands that she's married to Rod. He makes an off-handed rude comment about Rod and Mikage kicks him in the stomach and then leaves, even while the sick guy tries to have his servant chase after her to pester her about accepting the body-guard job some more. From there Mikage heads towards an apartment her father owns and agreed to let her use while she's in Japan. However when she gets there the apartment is on fire and there is a message written in some ancient ninja-only script that says "This country is our playground. Get out." Mikage understands this as a warning message from the ninja she chased off earlier. She's distraught because all of her luggage was already delivered to the apartment ahead of time, including all of her keepsakes from Rod. She's about to race into the burning building to try and retrieve the keepsakes but the sick guy suddenly appears and tackles her, just in time to prevent part of the roof from collapsing on Mikage's head. Sick guy tells Mikage that with this he has repaid the favor he owed her from when she saved his life. Mikage says he's wrong: when she saved him before it wasn't her doing something nice for him, it was an automatic response due to her training, so he doesn't owe her anything. In fact, she says that she's now in his debt because it must have taken a lot of courage for a normal human to do what he did just now and drag her away from the fire. The sick guy uses this opening to once again demand that she accept the job as his bodyguard. The chapter ends on a cliffhanger(?) awaiting Mikage's answer. Next chapter will be released 9/24.  

6 comments:

  1. thanks for the raws so far you are the only one tht is interested about this manga i love this manga wish that we know whats the name of the main male thanks again

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    1. You're welcome! You might want to try adding punctuation to your comments, it was really hard for me to understand what you were trying to say.

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  2. This second chapter is more mysterious than the previous one but I like the fact that Hino Matsuri take her time to lay the foundation of her story. We still don't know how it will turn out but this is why this series is interesting.

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    1. I agree! I'm looking forward to seeing how it plays out.

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  3. The first 2 chapters are amazing and the concept is very thrilling. I just have my reservations about it so that I don't get disappointed when the plot or lack of it unfolds. After Vampire knight I am on the defense about her story. But as an artist Ms. Hino Matsuri is very good. i wish I can draw as well as her. Thank you for sharing this. Sending all of my appreciation sincerely to you.

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    1. You're welcome Paj! I agree that Vampire Knight took some very controversial twists and turns and ended on a questionable note, but if nothing else the beautiful art makes this series worth the read!

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