With 5 books printed in English and who knows how many in Japanese, Kagetora is a tale of a ninja that's slightly more serious than Naruto.
Its more of a romantic comedy than an action but it has a good mix of both. It has a lot of historical aspects to it along with actual ninja info.
The art is beautiful but sometimes a little overcrowded into the space. It also has a lot of shading and was inked heavily.
Kagetora follows the story of, you guessed it, Kagetora, as he desperately tries to fulfill his duty as a ninja. But his duty isn't as simple as protecting someone or retrieving something, he has been hired to train Yuki (aka Hime) in all forms of martial arts. The only problem is that Yuki isn't exactly "good" at them, although it runs in her family. To be honest she downright stinks at martial arts, she can barely stand let alone fight in hand to hand (or weapon) combat.
And to add to the mix Kagetora has some serious feelings for Yuki and if you didn't know better, you'd say she had feelings for him as well.
Add in some wacky classmates, an obsessed mother who kills roaches with giant weapons (yeah you read that right), a series of suitors after Yuki and Kagetora, and brothers and others from Kagetora's village and you've got one funny manga.
I'm not that into romance but this definitely put me onto the forbidden romance side. Since Kagetora is on duty he is not allowed to love Yuki-hime, but he finds this to be very difficult. Yuki is very sweet, if not a bit flirty, and the more Kagetora learns about her the more he falls for her. And he has to be constantly reminded by his faithful monkey that this is unacceptable.
Its full of great laughs and even has a tear jerker or two thrown in. It's an all around good read, makes you wish for an anime soon. Give Kagetora a try!