Synopses & Reviews
R to L (Japanese Style). Set in feudal Japan, a young woman is found with a huge scar on her back and no memory of who she is. She’s given the name "Kaguya" and taken in by a local brothel where she's put in charge of babysitting and housekeeping duties. Hanzou, the head guard of the nearby castle, starts to pursue her and realizes later that they’ve actually met before...and are enemies! (It turns out this young woman is one of Oda Nobunaga's daughters--Princess Sara.) In the second story, Oda Nobunaga sends Sara to infiltrate the ninja town of Iga to steal a secret gunpowder formula. She is to go under the guise of being the prospective bride of Hanzo Hattori, one of the high-ranking ninja leaders of Iga. Sara willingly goes along with the plan because she doesn't realize that she's got her Hanzo(u)s mixed up!
"Tail of the Moon, the original medieval/romance/comedy series, probably wasn't crying out for a prequel, but fans of the long-running manga will probably find it gratifying. However, it exists at such a specific intersection of historical fiction, shonen action and over-the-top shojo melodrama that unless a reader demands all three, individual parts may fail to impress. During the warring states period in Japan, an amnesiac girl named Kaguya is taken in by a brothel and assumes the role of housekeeper in exchange for room and board. The only clue to her past is the wicked moon-shaped scar on her back, which also makes her unfit for the bordello bedroom. One day a rakish swordsman named Hanzou appears, and to everyone's surprise but the reader's, spurns the advances of the other girls for Kaguya's attention. It comes as no shock either that these two share a past or that against her better judgment Kaguya finds herself uncontrollably smitten. The manga sometimes struggles to strike a comedic tone, but most of the humorous elements seem unintentional. Ueda's art occasionally makes up for this, and her fight choreography shows significant virtuosity. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In this story, set in feudal Japan, a young woman is found with a huge scar on her back and no memory of who she is. Hanzou, the head guard of the nearby castle, starts to pursue her and realizes later that they've actually met before--and are enemies.
About the Author
Rinko Ueda's works include Ryo, a series based on the legend of Gojo Bridge, Home, a story about love crossing national boundaries, and Tail of the Moon (Tsuki no Shippo), a romantic ninja comedy.