Manga / Monster Hunter Orage

The manga adaption based on the popular RPG Monster Hunter.

Shiki Ryuuhou is a Forbidden Hunter who is in search of Miogaruna, the forbidden dragon of light, following the death of his master, Gurelli, several years ago. He is accompanied on this journey by Irie, Gurelli's experienced hunter of a daughter, and Sakuya, the daughter of a famous Equipment Technician. Not far behind is Kuron, a powerful hunter who has his eyes set on Irie and decides to become a Forbidden Hunter in order to destroy Shiki for taking Irie away.

Mangaka: Hiro Mashima, who also wrote Rave Master, Monster Soul and Fairy Tail.

This manga provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Irie and Sakuya.
  • And the Adventure Continues: At the end of the story, they're seen going off on a quest with new armor and their weapons upgraded.
  • Blow You Away: It's what make Miogaruna so godly in this story. While there are monsters in the original series that use the air as part of their attacks or abilities in some form or other, Miogaruna is the only one capable of weaponizing it. Consider that this is a world where Wind is not part of the Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors circle, and is thus universally powerful (no resistances = full-on damage all the time).
    • Also why Shiki's dual swords are always the most powerful weapons on display, since they're made with scales shed from Miogaruna.
    • The reason Gurelli takes Shiki under his wing is because of his ablity to see wind patterns, which he observed when Shiki literally rides the wind up to a monster just to tell it that someday he will hunt it down.
  • Broken Bird: Irie, and her whole anger about anything concerning True Companions. A flashback reveals her story with a previous party, whose members, three nameless guys, she considered as such, and how they basically traumatized her about trusting anyone but herself.
  • Boy Meets Girl: More like Boy Meets Girl Who Tells Boy To Get Off Of Her Seat.
  • Calling Your Attacks
  • Celibate Hero: From the looks of it, Irie.
  • Chaste Hero: Shiki.
  • Curbstomp Battle: EVERY. SINGLE. BATTLE.
  • Expy: Shiki looks like Gray, but acts like Natsu.
  • Fanservice
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Shiki - sanguine, Kuron - choleric, Sakuya - melancholic, Irie - phlegmatic.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Kuron for Irie.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Irie. The ribbons quite possibly double as nekomimi, at least, according to Shiki.
  • Gratuitous French: "Orage" is French for "storm".
  • I Work Alone: Irie initially. See Broken Bird
  • Love Triangle: Kuron think he has this with Shiki and Irie. He couldn't be more wrong.
  • Meaningful Name: Like all of Mashima's heroes who are named after a season, Shiki is no exception - his name means "four seasons."
  • Parental Abandonment: Shiki is an orphan, Irie lost her father, and Sakuya's father went missing (They find his body later though) and her mother died.
  • The Power of Friendship
  • Power Trio: Shiki (Id), Irie (Ego), and Sakuya (Superego).
  • The Rival: Kuron sees Shiki as a love rival for Irie, though it is both a one-sided rivalry and a one-sided love.
  • Rivals Team Up: Kuron joins Shiki, Irie, and Sakuya in defeating the Girkuza. He seems to only team up with Shiki simply for Irie's sake when she tells him to believe in Shiki because he's her True Companion. Though by the end of the series he seems to have loosened up and joined their party full time.
  • Ship Tease: Shiki/Irie, Kuron/Irie, Shiki/Sakuya... Even Kuron/Sakuya. Yeah, pretty much any time anybody gets screen time with someone else. It's probably because there is no Official Couple in the series.
  • Shounen
  • Shrinking Violet: Sakuya.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Kuron or Kowloon?
  • True Companions: invoked, deconstructed, rebuilt and played beautifully straight. In that order.
  • Tsundere: Irie.