Miharu Rokujo is a modern-day Japanese student apathetic to the world around him. One day, Miharu is protected from ninja by Koichi Aizawa and Tobari Kumohira, who are ninja affiliated with the Banten Village. He learns that his body carries the Shinra Banshou, a scroll within him that can grant his inner most desires and is the most powerful secret art in the ninja world of Nabari. Because the Grey Wolves, a faction associated with Iga village that wants to use the Shinra Banshou for their personal gain, will kill Miharu for the secret art, Miharu cannot return to his normal life. Although he wants nothing to do with ninja, Tobari vows to protect him until he becomes Nabari's ruler. Miharu instead asks that the Shinra Banshou be removed, which has never been successfully done. Soon after, Raimei Shimizu, a samurai from the neighboring Fuuma ninja village, arrives to test Miharu's abilities. Eventually, Raimei invites the Banten ninja to see Kotarou Fuuma, the leader of Fuuma village. Because he has written every text on ninjutsu, he may find a way to remove the Shinra Banshou. At Fuuma village, they discover that the Grey Wolves are searching for Fuuma village's forbidden art. The Grey Wolves recognize Miharu as the one who possess the Shinra Banshou, and Yoite, a user of Iga's forbidden art of Kira, attacks. The Grey Wolves escape soon after. With this, the Fuuma and Banten ninja realize that the Grey Wolves are collecting the forbidden arts in the hope of finding a way to remove the Shinra Banshou from Miharu. The Fuuma and Banten follow suit.
After Miharu returns to the Banten village, he is approached by Yoite. Yoite wishes that his existence be erased. If Miharu does not comply, Tobari, Aizawa, and Raimei will die. As Miharu tries to gain enough control over the Shinra Banshou to grant Yoite's wish, Grey Wolves, Fuuma, and Banten collect the forbidden arts from the other ninja villages. After learning that the Grey Wolves will kill Yoite, Yoite, his caretaker Kazuhiko Yukimi, and his physician Kazuho Amatatsu defect from the Grey Wolves and join Banten. Raikō Shimizu and Gau Meguro also leave the faction, and with Raimei, the three reestablish the nearly extinct Shimizu clan. Aizawa and Shijima Kurookano are revealed to have gained immortality long ago through the Shinra Banshou's power, and the two separate from the Banten ninja. During a Grey Wolf attack on Banten, Yoite overuses the Kira, which drains the user's life, and dies. Miharu uses the Shinra Banshou to erase Yoite's existence, and everyone forgets about Yoite. Fuuma is also found to be working with the Grey Wolves. Tobari is able to complete a ninjutsu that will remove the Shinra Banshou. First, he will use Banten's forbidden art to return the memories everyone in Nabari lost. Ten years ago, Tobari and his grandfather attempted to remove the Shinra Banshou from the body of Asahi, Miharu's mother. Before they could, Miharu's father, Tobari's grandfather, and Miharu were killed by a cloaked figure. Asahi went insane from the shock and brought Miharu back to life, losing her own life and transferring the Shinra Banshou to Miharu in the process. In the present, Tobari tries to remove the Shinra Banshou from Miharu, but the cloaked figure reappears. His hood falls back, and the figure is revealed to be Fuuma.
Miharu withdraws into himself, where Asahi battles with the Shinra Banshou. The Shinra Banshou wants Miharu to remain apathetic, while Asahi wants her son to trust people again. Eventually Miharu realizes he doesn't have to hide from people anymore, and grows more confident. Asahi is pleased with her son, and vanishes. The Shinra Banshou decides to return everybody's memories of ten years ago, noting that there are still "lies" in Miharu's heart. Meanwhile, Ichiki has also remembered what happened ten years ago - and, for some reason, this prompts her to kill Hattori. She then opens her eyes for the first time, suggesting that she is not blind after all. She decides to return to where the Shinra Banshou is, clearly planning something. Fuuma meanwhile explains that his goals are to attain wisdom beyond human knowledge, and essentially "become God." Tobari is extremely hurt by his betrayal, and attacks him. Raimei and Raikō also return to protect Miharu, making it clear they will no longer be on Fuuma's side. Shijima and Kouichi, too, call off their long alliance with Fuuma. The chapter ends with Tobari being horribly wounded by Fuuma. Fuuma begins to absorb the knowledge from Miharu but then withers away after Tobari stabs him in the neck. Kouichi and Shijima decide to leave with the Shinra Banshou, they will forever sleep "with their mother." Miharu is able to see Yoite one last time and the story ends with a large party to celebrate Tobari's recovery. In Hana's backyard everyone is gathered and Miharu says he wishes to talk a lot about Kouichi, Shijima, and Yoite. Miharu holds a new cat named Yoi and looks toward the sun knowing he can live openly and happy, his friends and family resting in peace.
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