In 16th century Japan the Shogun's military rule is weakening, while the independent daimyo lords are gaining land and power with their own private armies. Hidden from the never-ending domain wars lies a small village in the mountainous provice of Sagami. Kaede is a young girl living there on a countryside farm with her foster parents, seemingly away from the nationwide warfare. Trained in the secret arts of ninjutsu, she gets her first mission while moving to Edo, but in the shadows there is something lurking that can't be fought with just the blade of a sword.
Kristian Huitula is an award-winning Finnish comics artist who has lived in Japan and researched Japanese history, culture and art. He first moved to Tokyo in 1999 to study animation. He has also studied budo and has attained 5th kyu in ninjutsu.
In collaboration with his Japanese wife, he created the comic Oni Kudaki, filled with historical detail and cultural references. Oni Kudaki combines the old Japanese Kwaidan stories, mythical legends, and skillful drawing in a way that is unique in every aspect.