Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi
When eighteen-year-old Keiko Yamada’s father dies unexpectedly, he leaves behind a one way ticket to Japan, an unintelligible death poem about powerful Japanese spirits and their gigantic, beast-like Guardians, and the cryptic words: “Go to Japan in my place. Find the Gate. My camera will show you the way.”
Alone and afraid, Keiko travels to Tokyo, determined to fulfill her father’s dying wish. There, beneath glittering neon signs, her father’s death poem comes to life. Ancient spirits spring from the shadows. Chaos envelops the city, and as Keiko flees its burning streets, her guide, the beautiful Yui Akiko, makes a stunning confession–that she, Yui, is one of a handful of spirits left behind to defend the world against the most powerful among them: a once noble spirit now insane. Keiko must decide if she will honor her father’s heritage and take her rightful place among the gods.
“8.5 – Great. Beautifully crafted; well-written, with a loving attention to detail. Among the best of its genre. It’s a given that this book would appeal to fans of anime or enthusiasts of Japan in general. The story is compelling and falls into the realm of fantasy, although it largely takes place in the real world. Just add elemental guardian spirits like huge thunderbirds and fire dragons – basically lots of magic – and you’ve got the world as written by Keith here.” Japanator.com
–“a riveting read. I recommend this book to any anime or fantasy-fiction fan.” artsandyouthlove.wordpress.com
“Action-packed…fantastic, and colorful. 4.5 stars.” threeblankpages.blogspot.com
“This author is a great find. Powerful (and short) scene descriptive really helps the reader to visualize the story as it unfolds, with practiced ease. As you learn the authors style, you no longer read the words but live the dream.” Koeur’s Book Review
“4.5 stars. A pretty awesome book, and you can be sure I’ll passing it on to my anime communities on Google Plus. I’m sure they’ll love it too! So I guess the question of whether or not this book appealed to me as an anime fan is answered. (YEAH, IT DID). The book itself was well-written and had a great story. A win for Keith Yatsuhashi.” Reality Lapse Blog