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Kajika is the story of Kajika and his quest to return to being a normal boy. As a Fox-man Kajika is extremely strong and has special powers. One day he runs across a girl and saves her from a gang of bad guys. After defeating the bad guys, Kajika then uses a special power to remove all of their evil. Kajika learns that the girl he saved is named Haya and is told that the bad guys were after her because of the Dragon Egg she posseses. The Dragon egg is extremely rare and was stolen by the gang leader Gibachi from Ronron Island. Haya then went and stole it from Gibachi and is on a quest to return the egg. Now Gibachi is out to kill Haya and recover the egg. Upon being saved, Haya asks Kajika to help her on her quest.
As a child Kajika was a very evil child. One day he killed a fox for no reason. Upon being killed, the spirit of the fox cursed Kajika and Kajika was turned into a fox-man. Kajika was then kicked out of his village and the only way to break the curse was to save the lives of 1,000 life forms. The spirit of the dead fox, named Gigi, decided to accompany Kajika on his jouney and upon saving 1,000 life forms, Kajika will go back to being a boy and Gigi will once again get its body back. After 5 years of saving life forms, the team only has 10 more lives to save. Kajika is an extremely strong boy, but it is also revealed that being turned into a fox-man is holding down his true powers.
As the three go to Ronron island we are told why Gibachi wants the egg so badly. There is an old saying that says if you drink the blood of a baby Dragon then you will gain incredible powers. No one is sure if this is true, but the baby dragon does have Dragomin in its blood which allows it to mature extremely fast. So, if this were to enter a human body you can only imagine what could happen.
As the three set off, though, Haya makes up an excuse as to why she can not continue, but it is really because she fears Gibachi. So, now it is up to Kajika and Giri to return the egg, but it won't be so easy now that they are being hunted down by the world famous assasin known as Isaza.
Another Akira Toriyama work that gets a thumbs up. Once again Toriyama was able to create a story that captured the mind of the reader. It was a very touching story which was able to keep my interest throughout the whole story. As with Sandland, this is a shorter manga than what I am used to reading, but that is always a nice change.
To a certain extent it is clear that Toriyama stuck with his Dragonball roots when it came to creating the characters powers and skills. No, they aren't some super power full people, but they have powers that remind you of DB. I thought the characters were done extremely well and each character fit into the story very well.