Simplistic, yet detailed art is probably one of the most attractive traits that this mangaka had for this series. The SFX and the details drawn into the battle scenes are most excellent. The trademark of this series is the burning buildings, not the burnt carcasses.
The story grows from original to completely unoriginal after 3 volumes into the series. Ninja wannabe with flame powers actually becomes ninja-esque. Ninja finds person who he wants to protect. That supposed person is captured numerous times. Ninja makes friends along the way as he continues to save his princess. The story also boils down to pure good and evil, to protect or to kill. In addition to this ordinary plot, the mangaka throws in the idea about weapons on how their purpose is to kill or to protect people. However, this concept is emphasized so much that it becomes redundant.
All of the main characters are static, meaning that they change very little over the course of 33 volumes. Even the mangaka pokes humor out of his characters by pointing out their flaws along with several gag jokes dispersed among his volumes. Indeed, the enemies switch to the “heroic” side after they have been defeated by the main characters, but that does not make the reader feel any more sympathetic for the opponent.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate this as a 7, which is the typical value for a rather unenlightening series. Indeed, there were numerous points where I could sympathize for the main character, but most of them reside within the last volume.
Value/Overall = 7.0/10.0
Honestly, do not read this series, because it is simply not worth 33 volumes of my time. There are far better shounen series within this genre. The manga-ka could have atleast cut the series down to 13 volumes to increase its enjoyment and nostalgic factor, but that’s it. If one must certainly read this series, just read the first few volumes and then skip to the last volume. Nothing much really happens in the middle volumes besides gaining the trust of the 7 dragons and the history of kurei’s hatred towards Kori Mouran.