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Manga / Karura Mau!

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Karura Mau! (Karura Dance!) is an occult/horror manga series from The '80s, penned and drawn by Kiichi Nagakubo. One of the main titles in its genre back at its day, it is also a notably long franchise, having started its publishing in 1986 and still running in the form of spinoffs and sequels.

Twin sisters Shoko and Maiko Ohgi could not be more different: the former is dark-haired and brainy, while the latter is a redhead hustler. However, they share the common fate of being the current heir of the Ohgi family, a clan of Onmyōdō exorcists that has protected Japan since generations. Secretly backed by the Japanese government and helped by a descendant of Abe no Seimei, among other weird and varied allies, the sisters combine the powers conceded by their guardian deity Karura to banish evil.

The first volume was adapted into a theatrical animated film with some input from Toei Animation, while the second received a less known six episode OVA series.


This work provides examples of:

  • Excited Show Title!: The title, which aside from being long has an exclamation point.
  • Five-Man Band: Shoko and Mai are The Hero and The Lancer to each other; Kenmochi is The Smart Guy, being the most knowledgeable in the supernatural; Nishikiori is The Big Guy, who serves as the earthly muscle and can be a bit rude; and Chikae is The Heart, who ties the group together by being a Love Interest to Maiko and an apprentice to Kenmochi, as well as being occasionally the most emotional male. Later Hiroe joins as a Sixth Ranger.
  • Long Runner: From the 80s and still running.
  • Long Title: The complete title is actually Hengen Taima Yakō Karura Mau! ("Phantasmagoric Exorcism Night Parade: Karura Dance!"), although it is usually shortened to its last two words.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The classic pair, as Shoko is calm and intellectual, while Maiko is energetical and a bit dumb.
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  • Sibling Yin-Yang: The show's premise.