I happened to run across both volumes on the same bargain shelf in a bookstore, so I took the chance of buying them both at once. I’m glad I did, because it takes Okayado a little time to hit stride with the characters in volume 1, and it was good to see it didn’t slow down in volume 2.
There is an Ordinary High School Student, Touga Eita. There is secret ninja training. There is a lovely girl from another world, Aero, who may be just a bit bird-brained, and the obligatory giant robot attack by the bad guys. And… there is fanservice.
Oh my, there is fanservice.
Mostly busty Cute Monster Girls. But there are also a fair number of Cute Monster Guys for the other half of humanity to drool over- er, artistically appreciate. 😉
But when you get past the big busts and occasional nudity, there’s a pretty good light action-adventure story here. Eita has the training to be a truly dangerous ninja, but he’d rather do anything than fight… until it’s literally life or death. Which is the sane and practical view of the martial arts: violence is supposed to be a last resort, not a flashy tool for showing off. Aero is quite serious about trying to help her people. She’s also a total ninja fan. Fortunately for Eita’s sanity, Jawea is far more skeptical of legendary ninjas from another world. Unfortunately for his health, she wants to prove he’s no hero by beating him to a pulp….
Put together, the harpy city defense in volume 1 was an interesting mix of game-inspired improvisation, frantic efforts on Eita’s part to avoid anything heroic, and quite a bit of being a hero. Volume 2 starts off with “find the legendary blacksmith”, goes through an entertaining dungeon crawl, and eventually results in Eita admitting to himself he really is a shinobi – whether he likes it or not.
All told, if you want some serious philosophy and deep characters in your manga, this is not the series for you. If, however, you just want a fun adventure with lovely art and plausible heroic characters to take you out of this world, then check it out. 🙂