Blood Ninja II
The Revenge of Lord Oda
Soon, Taro, Hana and Hiro find themselves in a trap, as strange new creatures invade their lives and familiar enemies surround them – and the most deadly enemy of all is their old friend Yukiko. In the end, despite his vampire abilities, Taro is helpless to prevent the death of his mother. Furious and grief stricken, haunted by her mute and beseeching ghost, he determines to recover the object which Lord Oda was so desperate to procure before he died: the Buddha Ball, source of limitless power.
There are just two problems: first, Lord Oda is not dead. And second, the Buddha Ball is not where Taro thought. If Taro is to fulfill his destiny, he must face his arch enemy on an equal battlefield - for Lord Oda is a vampire now too. And then, to make peace with his mother, and recover the Buddha ball, Taro must go to hell and back...
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THE NINJA MOUNTAIN, SOMEWHERE ON NORTHERN
HONSHU ISLAND, THE SAME DAY
Watashi wa … hiragana o … yomu koto ga dekimas …
Taro traced his finger along the line of symbols, speaking the sounds out loud. “I … can read … hiragana.”
“You can,” said Hana, smiling.
Taro grinned. For now, it was only the hiragana that he had mastered—the simplified form of writing that was used mainly by women. But now that he had learned these forms, he would be able to progress to the kanji, and eventually be able to read and write the language of... see more