Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yuhki Kamatani. The series premiered in Monthly GFantasy in 2004 and ended serialization in 2010. Staff created a twenty-six episode anime adaptation of the Nabari no Umineko WHEN THEY CRY Episode 4: Alliance of the Golden Witch, Vol. 1 PDF manga series.
A closed-circle mystery from the creator of the New York Times bestselling Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY!
Directed by Kunihisa Sugishima, the series ran in Japan on TV Tokyo from April to September 2008. The series has been licensed by Funimation. Miharu Rokujo is a modern-day Japanese student apathetic to the world around him. One day, Miharu is protected from a ninja by Koichi Aizawa and Tobari Kumohira, who are ninja affiliated with the Banten Village. He learns that his body carries the Shinra Banshou, a scroll that holds the most powerful secret art in the ninja world of Nabari. Although he wants nothing to do with ninja, Tobari vows to protect him until he becomes Nabari’s ruler. Miharu instead asks that the Shinra Banshou be removed, which has never been successfully done.
Soon after, Raimei Shimizu, a samurai from the neighboring Fuuma ninja village, arrives to test Miharu’s abilities. Eventually, Raimei invites the Banten ninja to see Kotarou Fuuma, the leader of Fuuma Village. At Fuuma Village, they discover that the Grey Wolves are searching for Fuuma Village’s forbidden art. The Grey Wolves recognize Miharu as the one who possesses the Shinra Banshou, and Yoite – a user of Iga’s forbidden art of Kira – attacks.
The Grey Wolves escape soon after. With this, the Fuuma and Banten ninja realize that the Grey Wolves are collecting the forbidden arts in the hope of finding a way to remove the Shinra Banshou from Miharu. The Fuuma and Banten follow suit. After Miharu returns to the Banten village, he is approached by Yoite. Yoite wishes that his existence be erased.
If Miharu does not comply, Tobari, Aizawa, and Raimei will die. As Miharu tries to gain enough control over the Shinra Banshou to grant Yoite’s wish, the Grey Wolves, Fuuma, and Banten collect the forbidden arts from the other ninja villages. Aizawa and Shijima Kurookano are revealed to have gained immortality long ago through the Shinra Banshou’s power, and the two separate from the Banten ninja. During a Grey Wolf attack on Banten, Yoite overuses the Kira, which drains the user’s life, and dies.