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Updated: 2020-02-17

A comic of ghosts and gunpowder, set in eleventh century Japan.

Genza, a exiled nobleman-turned-monk, is offered a chance to redeem himself by undertaking a perilous journey to Heian Kyo. Will Genza be prepared to confront his own demons in order to save the life of the man who exiled him, will his daughter Masako make a new life for herself in the city, and does a stranger met on the road offer a chance for a new way forward?

The Historical Setting

Heian Japan ran from roughly 780 to 1160 and is seen as a golden age of Japanese culture. It produced arguably the first novel, the Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, and one of the most famous diaries, the Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon. The authors worked as ladies in waiting to rival empresses. There is a snide reference in the diary of Murasaki criticizing The Pillow Book as presumptuous and full of imperfections, and a small but active modern Sei/Murasaki slash fiction fan base.

The Heian period is also known for the art of writing poetry, the founding of the modern city of Kyoto, or Heian Kyo, and the beautiful costumes worn by high ranking court ladies.

Content rating:
Parental Guidance Suggested (PG)