Tsuki no Shippo

Tsuki no Shippo, or Tail of the Moon, by Ueda Rinko

Tsuki no Shippo, or Tail of the Moon, by Ueda Rinko


Sometimes it seems like Usagi is hopeless. Sure, she’s good with healing herbs, but she’s the granddaughter of the leader of a prestigious ninja village and she’s such a klutz that she’s never made it out of the kiddie class. Finally frustrated with Usagi’s lack of progress, her grandfather sends her to marry a local lord and have lots of ninja babies. But the lord has no interest in her or her child bearing potential! After years of goofing around, Usagi is finally determined to reach her goals – she’s going to become a ninja and capture her true love’s heart! – Mangafox

Ahh! A really nice manga!The nice blend of drama, tragedy and comedy as well as the real development throughout the plot made sure nothing felt samey and I was always entertained. This was my second time reading it and the tragedy twist (though there is a good n happy ending do do not fret, my chickens) was dulled, but I remember the first time round I cried in panic and slowly growing belief that the tragic element wasn’t a lie. Its a good one.

This is a sequel to Ueda Rinko’s other work Tsuki no Toiki, but I read this one first and it dosent make much difference, it will just give a bit more depth really. I actually prefer this one. Plus this one has Mamezou in it, and a little bonus story about his romance, which made me laugh.

As for characters, people complained over Usagi’s general inability to do anything and dumbness in comparison to the previous works female protagonist, but that was the whole point of the story! she overcame her childish personality and became skillful in her own way. I like room for improvement in my characters. Hanzo was a good bishie. Cool yet tsudrere and a generally awesome ninja? Er, Yes please! The side characters were also really well developed, and the love triangles not ridiculous. Personally, I did have a bit of a thing for blonde magician guy and Ranmaru, this manga was just choc-a-bloc with complex personalities and misunderstood bishies. Grandpas disguise was disgustingly bishie-like as well.

The art was also nice, though all the bishies had the same eyebrows which was quite an achievement really. I think only Yuki didn’t if I remember correctly. But in general a pleasing, easy to read and cute art style. I didn’t get bored of it over the length of the manga (105 chapters) either, which is always a good sign.

But yeah, a really pleasing and enjoyable manga that just gets better and better, so if you find you cant stand it at first, please wait 5 volumes, I’m sure you will find a soft spot in your heart for it.

4/5 just ’cause. ❤ but I love it. It's a really endearing manga. ❤

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