By Leroy Douresseaux
March 29, 2012 - 09:57
|Sakura Hime Volume 7 cover image
Rated “T” for “Teen”
Although she is only 14-years-old, Princess Sakura has a destiny both terrible and great because she is the granddaughter of the mysterious moon princess, Kaguya. Sakura now possesses “Chizakura,” her grandmother’s mystic Bloody Cherry Blossom Sword, which she uses to destroy the Youko, man-eating spirits that originate from the moon. However, Sakura has a dark side and a “soul symbol” that means “destroy.”
As Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Vol. 7 opens, time is running out for Sakura’s friends. They must snatch Sakura from the clutches of her brother, Kai, who is now known as Lord Enju, and escape from Shura Yugenden, Enju’s palace. One of Sakura’s friends, Asagiri, however, must face the ghosts of her past and a vengeful former lover, Ukyo. Later, while imprisoned in a strange place, Sakura discover Enju’s horrible plot that will help him destroy humanity.
THE LOWDOWN: This volume of the Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura manga offers more than what is usual. The sixth volume focused on Sakura’s companion and friend, Asagiri, but that storyline is quickly wrapped up in this seventh volume in a way that ties it to the main story, the Shura Yugenden arc.
Creator Arina Tanemura trades the previous chapters’ heartbreak for violence, war, and some icky, but also delectable family drama. The Tanemura brand of sweetness is here, but so is something pretty and dark.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Fans of Arina Tanemura will want Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura.