Seventeen-year-old Marco Torres-Watanabe is desperately trying to reconnect with his mother. Ever since his dad’s death, she’s been so focused on work she barely has any time for Marco.
So, when summer break begins with a trip to visit his grandmother in Japan, Marco has hopes that his mom will finally live up to her promises but instead, work takes over. One night, after arguing again, Marco packs his bags and runs off to take refuge in the woods. But, when he awakens the next morning, he finds that he’s been transported into a mystical world populated by a nefarious war-lord, dangerous Oni, magical yokai and a mysterious glowing sword known as the Oni-waka No Tsurugi.
With the help of a Tengu warrior and a sly Kitsune, Marco must find a way to save this land from an evil war-lord and get back home before it’s too late.
Oni-Waka is inspired by Japanese folklore, especially yokai legends. It is an exploration of the relationships forged between family and friends and what happens when those relationships break down. This story sheds light on one teens quest to save the world while also saving himself and what family he has left.