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Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2-in-1 Vol. 8 by Oh!great (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

September 9, 2012 by  



For a mature action-driven, fighting manga series, “Tenjo Tenge” is shaping up to be a fantastic, violent, fighting manga series.  And if you have collected previous volumes up to seven so far, you definitely want to go for vol. 8 as it no doubt setting the reader up for another amazing battle yet to come.  Recommended!

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MANGA TITLE: Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2-in-1 Vol. 8

STORY AND ART BY: Oh!great

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Shueisha, Inc.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: Viz Signature/VIZ Media, LLC

RATED: M for Mature

Available on August 21, 2o12

Sohaku’s lost his head – literally. But everything has gone according to plan. A look back at the past may shed some light on our heroes’ fates. In a time of war, Sohaku schemes to have the Red Feathers take control of Osaka Castle. Was this period of peace merely the calm before the storm?

After witnessing the deaths of his friends and having to sacrifice his comrades, what does Ichiyo Nagi see before him now? Turning to face the final battle, the courses of the two eras flow into one, with all the pieces falling into place at the Todo Academy Preliminaries!

In her battle against Tesuhito, Maya fought to her best ability and now she may be dead.

Meanwhile, Mitsuomi confronted Souichiro and it was revealed that Sohaku Kago, the leader of F and father of Souichiro Nagi has wanted his son to be the next supreme warrior.

But what is this desire of power and what has been the reason for this fighting for centuries?

With Aya possessing the dragon eyes, which gives her the ability to see anywhere in the past, present and possible future,  to understand who Sohaku is and his thirst for power, Aya is taken in a journey to the distant past to learn about Sohaku’s quest for power and what is his true plan for needing Souchiro.

Secrets are revealed in this latest volume of “Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2-in-1 Vol. 8”, available now from Viz Media!

What is “Tenjo Tenge”?

In 1998, the mangaka known as “Oh!Great” (known for his manga and video game work and creating series such as “Air Gear”, “Burn-Up W” and “Burn Up Excess”) released his manga series “Tenjo Tenge” which would go on for 22 volumes before ending the manga series in 2010.

The manga would later be adapted into a 26-episode TV anime series in 2004, a two-episode OVA in 2005, followed by a film in 2006.

And while the manga series was released in the United States by CMX, the manga was heavily censored for its sexual content. But now the manga has been licensed and released via Viz’s Viz Signature featuring their “Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2-in-1” series (featuring two graphic novels per volume) and featured in all of its uncensored glory. Sex, violence, it’s all there!

The series once revolved around a group of friends who attend Todou Academy, an academy that hosts the best fighters in the area. A few of these friends belong to families which are among the six Red Feather families.

Bad boys Souichiro Nagi and his friend Bob Makihara are attending their first day at the Todou Academy and learn that their fighting skills used at other schools, will definitely be put into great use as everyone in the school can fight. But the two will need to join a fight club.

But the most powerful club at the school is the Katana Group headed by Shin Natsume, the president of the Executive Council who has the power of the dragon eyes, but is slowly starting to lose his composure and becoming insane the more he uses them.

Shin has a busty sister named Maya (who has the ability to shrink herself to an 8-year-old) and also a busty younger sister named Aya (who also possessed the dragon eyes, but allows her to see the past, present and future and see and listen to the dead). For some reason, Shin and Maya have this bond, in fact…a bond that suggests that Shin may be in love with his sister.

But with Shin most of the time is his busty girlfriend Mana Kuzunoha, a girl who was assigned to be Shin’s girlfriend in order for her to collect data for the Takayanagi family. She is also responsible for helping Shin start the Katana group. Despite how insane Shin is, she finds herself falling for him.

But as Shin’s jealousy for his sister Maya becoming close with Mitsuomi Takayanagi, it led to his death.

But unfortunately, for Mitsuomi, the awesome power and strength soon got to his head which led to the deaths of many crime families and now many under the power of Mitsuomi. And Mitsuomi is wanting the Reiki sword that belongs to the Natsume family.

Meanwhile, the Jyuken Club is now ran by Maya, along with her sister Aya and her boyfriend Souichiro, Souichiro’s best friend Bob Makihara, Kagesada Sugano and Masataka Takayanagi (Mitsuomi’s younger brother).

In “Tenjo Tenge” Vol.5 and 6, the group fought Sohaku Kago’s group known as F (the new leaders of the 12 Founding Families), but in the process, a few were severely injured, while Souchiro Nagi was kidnapped.

“Tenjo Tenge” Vol. 7 focuses on Maya trying to recuperate from her injuries and broken arm with hopes that she can end the hundred-year war. As Maya goes out to search for Souchiro, Souchiro is being kept under the watchful eye of the Red Feather Faction leader, Sohaku Kago and being pitted against other warriors in hopes that Souchiro will take the first step into metamorphosis into the Black Dragon.

Meawhile, Tessen Ishiyumi, head of the Ishiyumi family has gone crazy since Souichiro sealed Tessen’s “Dragon Gate” and disabling his chakra. Now, he has become a madman and wants revenge against those who have made fun of him for losing his power, including Katsumi Kabato, head of the Kabuto family.

The second half of the storyline features Mitsuomi and Madoka Mawari teaming up with Maya and Souchiro (along with the help of Shizura Kamura) to enter the Forbidden Souls Echoes Gate go against Sohaku Kago (head of the Kago family and true leader of F, and also the father of Souchiro Nagi) and his most trusted subordinate, Tetsuhito Kagiroi.

Volume 7 also reveals the history of Soichiro’s mother Makiko Nagi and his father Sohaku Kago. We learn of why Makiko has lost her arm and what Sohaku had done to her.  Meanwhile, Maya and Tetsuhito Kagiroi fight to the death.

With volume 8, Maya succumbs to her injuries against Tetsuhito.  With the Dragon Eyes from afar, Maya witnesses her sister’s possible death.  Fearing for the worse for her sister and her love for Souchiro, Maya needs to make sense of all this fighting. Until she is taken to the past to learn about Sohaku Kogo and what he was trying to accomplish then and what he is trying to accomplish now.

Many secrets are revealed in this latest volume, including how one can be alive for centuries.

The eighth volume actually takes a breather from the intense action of the present day.  With our main characters so bloodied up, injured or very bad shape after their battles, its appropriate that the storyline shifts to something new while the team recuperates or fast foward to the near future.  Instead, mangaka Oh!great uses this volume to explain secrets.  Secrets pertaining to Sohaku Kago and his abilities and true nature.  Also, explaining how he has been able to live for so long.

From this venture to the past, Maya learns about how one that is dead, can survive but also in the process, learning about the Red Feathers and why Mitsuomi and Sohaku are wanting these abilities.

As Maya ventures to the past of feudal Japan, as expected with a “Tenjo Tenge” storyline, you’re going to see a lot of sex and violence, but in this case, storyline intertwines with Japanese history, to the point that Oh!Great goes into detail in a page of who Mitsuhide Akechi is, as well as Masanob Sadonokami Honda, Yoshikatsu Yagyu and more.  Even dispelling some historical individuals.  So, there are some storyline that mixes in with real Japanese-based characters from traditional Japan.  So, it was rather fascinating to read this latest volume because it’s desperate from any previous volume written.

But the importance of this volume is quite high as one gets to learn some secrets of the main antagonist, Sohaku Kago and his past.  And how this knowledge by Maya will affect the storyline from her on in.

Overall, “Tenjo Tenge” is a pretty awesome manga series that will attract fans who love fight club storylines, especially fighting video games such as “King of Fighters”, “Rival Schools”. There is plenty of action and teenage angst in this manga series but obviously targeted to male readers as the women happen to be overly well-endowed, appear to enjoy being bra-less, wearing short skirts to expose their panties and often having sex with a few of the male characters. Granted, the sex and fan service is not a big part of the overall storyline but it is featured in the manga series.

Oh! Great’s artwork for “Tenjo Tenge” is beautiful, well-detailed and he puts so much into each page of his manga series. I’m quite impressed. Most fighting manga tend to not focus on the story, if anything, they tend to rely on the characters (especially if they are based on a popular video game series). In the case of “Tenjo Tenge”, it’s a complex series with a lot of characters, but you feel that with each volume, you’re getting your money’s worth. Very good character development but you have to stay with it and not miss any volumes, because something big always happens in each chapter!

Overall, for a mature action-driven, fighting manga series, “Tenjo Tenge” is shaping up to be a fantastic, violent, fighting manga series.  And if you have collected previous volumes up to seven so far, you definitely want to go for vol. 8 as it no doubt setting the reader up for another amazing battle yet to come.

Recommended!

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