The world has been annihilated and an evil bestial
deity must be appeased. Saki, a young girl, trying to escape destiny,
finds refuge in an unusual and rough line of work. But she has been
chosen for an unthinkable role; a princess must be sacrificed to
the monster Yamata-no-Orochi at the 50 year Tenken Festival. Can
Manaka, the man who is in love with her, follow her into this abyss
to save her from fate; only to discover the dark secret of the ceremony?
Winner of the prestigious Japan Media Festival Arts Award this
stunning work of graphic fiction takes the reader into a whole new
realm. Combining Japanese mythology in a post apocalyptic setting
this book presents a new style of Japanese manga.
Yumiko Shirai is a self-made illustrator and author.
This is her first major work in Japan and marks her US debut. It
took Yumiko a total of ten years from conceptualization to completion
for thiswork of visual artistry. Yumiko's work has also appeared
in various magazines, newspapers, and children's educational books.