Kage Kara Mamoru!

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Kage Kara Mamoru!
Kage Kara Mamoru! vol 01.jpg
Cover of Kage Kara Mamoru! volume 1 as published by Media Factory
陰からマモル
(Mamoru the Shadow)
Genre Comedy, Harem
Light novel
Written by Achi Taro
Illustrated by Sai Madara
Published by Media Factory
Demographic Male
Imprint MF Bunko J
Original run July 2003March 2008
Volumes 12
Manga
Written by Achi Taro
Illustrated by Sai Madara
Published by Media Factory
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Comic Flapper (former)
Monthly Comic Alive
Original run 20072009
Volumes 5
Anime television series
Directed by Yoshitaka Fujimoto
Studio Group TAC, Aniplex
Network TV Tokyo
Original run January 7, 2006March 25, 2006
Episodes 12
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Kage Kara Mamoru! (陰からマモル lit. Mamoru from the Shadows, or "I Will Protect You from the Shadows?) is a series of light novels written by Achi Taro. The light novels had ended in March 2008 with the release of Volume 12, but as of July 2009, a new series entitled Motto! Kage Kara Mamoru! (もっと!陰からマモル! lit. More! Mamoru the Shadow?) has started serialization. It features manga and anime adaptations. The main character is Mamoru Kagemori, a ninja who is sworn to protect his neighbor Yūna Konnyaku.

Story[edit]

The Kagemori family has secretly protected its neighbor, the Konnyaku family, for 400 years. Mamoru has been the protector of the daughter, Yūna Konnyaku, since they were in kindergarten. When Yūna is in trouble, Mamoru quickly puts on his ninja suit and transforms into a competent ninja; able to protect her from harm. Unfortunately, this poses quite a challenge as Yūna, being both clumsy and absent-minded, often stumbles into situations where Mamoru must once again come to her rescue.

On the first day of their new school term, a model airplane accidentally makes a dive towards Yuna, but it is quickly stopped by a thrown kunai. At school, Airi Sawagashi invites Yūna to go bowling, but is unhappy when Mamoru also comes.

At the bowling alley, Yūna wanders into the men's restroom and interrupts a yakuza deal involving fake dolls. As a result, they kidnap her and take her to their boss. Mamoru follows them, takes out the gang, and rescues Yūna.

The story continues as new characters enter Yūna and Mamoru's lives with both good and evil intentions, wacky adventures, hints of romance, and confrontations with the strangest of adversaries.

Characters[edit]

Mamoru Kagemori (陰守 マモル Kagemori Mamoru?)
Mamoru Kagemori is a dowdy boy whose hair is disheveled and wears thick glasses, which are actually a form of concealment/camouflage, and is very lazy except when he's saving Yūna. He is actually the son of a ninja family, which has been protecting the Konnyaku family for 400 years. He reveals his true self (without glasses) when he transforms into a ninja to protect Yūna from harm. He has been friends with Yūna since they were children, and has also been in the same class as her since kindergarten. He also has a fear of bears, which developed because of him trying to protect Yamame from a bear in his childhood. His name: Mamoru, means protect in Japanese.
Voiced by: Atsushi Kisaichi (Japanese)
Yūna Konnyaku (紺若 ゆうな Konnyaku Yūna?)
Yūna is Mamoru's childhood friend and neighbor. She is a quite clumsy and often ditzy girl. These qualities cause her to get into many troublesome situations. Since she has known Mamoru since kindergarten, Mamoru knows everything about her, except the thing that Yūna looks at every night before bed. The thing Yūna looks at before she goes to sleep is a photo of her and Mamoru which she cherishes. It is hinted that she is in love with Mamoru, but is afraid to admit her love to him. Also shown to be jealous in which she gave up being an idol for kagemori as well as removing sawagashi and tsubaki from holding his hands as they slept at the zoo.
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Japanese)
Airi Sawagashi (沢菓 愛里 Sawagashi Airi?)
Airi, a wealthy girl, is a classmate and friend of Mamoru and Yūna. She discourages any relationship between Yūna and Mamoru, because childhood friends who become lovers are generally unsuccessful. However, she also has feelings for Kagemori. She conceals her feelings by always beating up Mamoru but occasionally gives hints that she likes him but unfortunately Mamoru doesn't understand it.
Voiced by: Ryōko Shintani (Japanese)
Tsubaki Mapputatsu (真双津 椿 Mapputatsu Tsubaki?)
Tsubaki is a miko swordswoman. Her sword can cut anything but nata de coco. She was first hired by the yakuza boss in order avenge his earlier defeat at Mamoru's hands. She is pursuing them for the sake of justice. After finding out the truth about the yakuza boss, she takes revenge on that boss. She also decides to enter Mamoru's school. After Mamoru cheers her up while she was depressed about being old-fashioned, she begins to develop feelings for him.
Voiced by: Sachiko Kojima (Japanese)
Yamame Hattori (服部 山芽 Hattori Yamame?)
Yamame is a ninja and a relative of Mamoru. She remembers when Mamoru comforted her when she was little; however, she is quite disappointed after seeing the glasses-wearing person he is now. After Mamoru saves her from an animal man Chin Panji, and starts to like him, she apologizes to Mamoru. The next day, Yamame decided to enter his school. She is also responsible for Mamoru's fear of bears, caused by him having to save her from one in the past.
Voiced by: Ai Shimizu (Japanese)
Hotaru Kumogakure (雲隠 ホタル Kumogakure Hotaru?)
Hotaru is a ninja. She confesses her love to Mamoru when they first meet. She lost to Yamame in a ninja athletic meet after being distracted by Yamame pretending to see a UFO. She and her brother attack Mamoru in order to avenge their disgrace. Her feelings for Mamoru prevent her from defeating him. She saves Mamoru by giving him (via mouth-to-mouth) some of her family's secret medicine thus allowing him to defeat her brother. Afterwards, she moves into the neighborhood and starts attending the same school.
Voiced by: Erina Furukawa (Japanese)
Bluemaru (ぶる丸 Burumaru?)
Kagemori family's bull terrier ninja dog. Despite its cute appearance and lazy nature, Bluemaru is actually a very skilled canine, a trusty aid to Mamoru, and is able to use various ninja weapons in its mouth.
Sakurako Kagemori (陰守 桜子 Kagemori Sakurako?)
Sakurako is Mamoru's mother. She is a ninja and is in charge of protecting Yūna's mother.
Kengo Kagemori (陰守 堅護 Kagemori Kengo?)
Kengo is Mamoru's father. He is a ninja and is in charge of protecting Yūna's father.
Miminosuke (耳の介 Miminosuke?)
Yamame's ninja rabbit companion.

Media[edit]

Light Novels[edit]

First Series[edit]

  1. Mamoru the Shadow! ISBN 4-8401-0838-2
  2. Mamoru the Shadow!(2) 椿の初でいとの道 ISBN 4-8401-1012-3
  3. Mamoru the Shadow!(3) 忍の里から来た少女 ISBN 4-8401-1124-3
  4. Mamoru the Shadow!(4) 来襲!甲賀最強の忍 ISBN 4-8401-1198-7
  5. Mamoru the Shadow!(5) 小鐘井黄金伝説 ISBN 4-8401-1198-7
  6. Mamoru the Shadow!(6) ゆーなとユーナ王女様 ISBN 4-8401-1450-1
  7. Mamoru the Shadow!(7) ホタルの居候日記! ISBN 4-8401-1515-X
  8. Mamoru the Shadow!(8) ウエディング時代劇娘 ISBN 4-8401-1592-3
  9. Mamoru the Shadow!(9) 伊賀娘たちが来た! ISBN 978-4-8401-1776-0
  10. Mamoru the Shadow!(10)プリンセスアイリーン ISBN 978-4-8401-1890-3
  11. Mamoru the Shadow!(11)うらしまゆーな ISBN 978-4-8401-2087-6
  12. Mamoru the Shadow!(12)最後にマモル ISBN 978-4-8401-2194-1

Second Series[edit]

  1. More! Mamoru the Shadow! (July, 2009)

Anime[edit]

The light novels were adapted into a 12 episodes anime series by the Group TAC studio and produced by Aniplex. This anime series was broadcast on TV Tokyo between January 7, 2006 and March 25, 2006 with last two episodes aired the same day.[1]

The anime opening theme is "Million Love" (ミリオン・ラブ?) sung by Mai Nakahara and the ending theme is "Rainy Beat" sung by Ryōko Shintani, Sachiko Kojima, Ai Shimizu, and Erina Furukawa.

Episodes list[edit]

# Title[1] Original airdate[1]
1 "Continuing to Protect for 400 Years"
"Mamori Ysuzukete Yon'hyaku Nen" (まもり続けて四百年) 
January 7, 2006
2 "There Is Nothing In This World I Cannot Cut"
"Kono Yo de Kirenu Mono wa nashi" (この世で斬れぬ物はなし) 
January 14, 2006
3 "The Girl From The Ninja Village"
"Shinobi no Sato kara Kita Shōjo" (忍の里から来た少女) 
January 21, 2006
4 "What's an idol?"
"Nante tatte aidoru" (なんてたってアイドル) 
January 28, 2006
5 "A Maiden's Heart And A Samurai's Soul"
"Otomegokoro to Samuraidamashii" (乙女心と侍魂) 
February 4, 2006
6 "The Transfer Student, the Beautiful Girl's Heartbeat"
"Tenkōsei wa dokidoki Bishōjo" (転校生はドキドキ美少女) 
February 11, 2006
7 "Boy Ninja Mamoru"
"Shōnen Ninja Mamoru" (少年忍者マモル) 
February 18, 2006
8 "Sawagashi Family Anti-Crime Strategy"
"Sawagashi Ie Hōken Taisaku-sen" (沢菓家防犯大作戦!) 
March 4, 2006
9 "Kōganei's UFO Report!"
"Kōganei Yū Efu Ō Chūihō!" (小鐘井UFO注意報!) 
March 11, 2006
10 "Yūna's Yellow Golden Legend"
"Yūna no Kōgan Densetsu" (ゆうなの黄金伝説) 
March 18, 2006
11 "Bye bye, Yūna"
"Baibai, Yūna" (バイバイ、ゆうな) 
March 25, 2006
12 "Mamoru the Shadow!"
"Kage Kara Mamoru!" (陰からマモル!) 
March 25, 2006

Manga[edit]

The five volumes of the manga adaption were released by the publisher Media Factory. The manga adaption was first serialized between November 2005 to April 2006 in the seinen magazine Monthly Comic Flapper and from August 2006 in Monthly Comic Alive.

Between July 16, 2008 and January 21, 2009, DrMaster published the English translation of the first three volumes of this series under the name of Mamoru the Shadow Protector.

In Indonesia, the manga has been licensed by Elex Media Komputindo, under the title The Bodyguard.

Reception[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "あにてれ:陰からマモル!" (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Retrieved April 12, 2010. 

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