Ryū no Kesshō
by MONDEN Akiko (もんでんあきこ/ 門田晶子)
Complete: 10 volumes
Cast: Kouryu (紅竜), Hakuryu (白竜), Elias (エリアス), 千堂寺 (Sendouji), Soryu (蒼竜)
Story: Tomomi (巴) left Hokkaido to stay with her relatives, the Sendouji (千堂寺) family, during the course of her university study in Tokyo. The Sendouji is renowned locally for its karate dojo that was instructed by the four brothers.
Tomomi remembered spending her childhood times playing together with the brothers when they were little…. As she met up with the brother again, things were quite different to how she had imagined it to be. For instance, Soryu (蒼竜), the third brother, was forever cold towards her, whilst Kouryu (紅竜), the second brother, always teased her and looked down on her.
Luckily for her, she managed to find comfort in Hakuryu (白竜), the youngest and most gentle brother who had just returned to the family after being away for a long time. But to everyone’s surprise, Hakuryu returned home with a toddler son without his wife. Increasingly, Tomomi found herself being attracted to Hakuryu (白竜), but was heart broken after finding out about his wife, whom died giving birth to their son and whom he still dearly loved until these days.
Meanwhile, Tomomi started practicing karate with the brothers in their dojo kun… She began to find interest and passion for martial arts, which later brought her to national Fighting Championships!
Digress: For those who is interested, Shueisha is offering a teaser (or “trial read”) on their s-manga website: www.s-manga.net/title/ryunokessho.html
Also, rumours have it that there is a plan for the sequel of Ryū no Kesshō to celebrate 15th anniversary since its first release! The prequel would focus on now-34 years old Soryu (蒼竜), the third Sendouji brother. The story would probably pick up from the short extra side-story at the end of Ryū no Kesshō.