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Manga: [Horror Edition]

Its everyone’s favorite pagan holiday (not me I don’t get down with that). What I enjoy about this month is the introduction to new horror/supernatural reads that I didn’t know about. I love me some spooky stories, specially within movies and manga.So I decided to share some new manga for this manga post. Enjoy!

Seven Seas
Published May 1, 2017
180 Pages

<—-Sukami Kyouichi comes from a family of exorcists, the strongest of whom has always been his sister, who keeps a special notebook by her side that details how to defeat even the most malevolent of ghosts. One day, shortly after his sister rescues young Kyouichi from a haunted shrine, she goes missing. Six years later, with only the notebook as his guide, Kyouichi is confronted by someone claiming to have been his sister’s friend. Who is this stranger, and what does she know about his sister’s disappearance?- Goodreads

High school student Kei Nagai is struck dead in a grisly traffic accident, but immediately revives to learn that he may not be like every other human. Instead, he may be a mysterious, almost immortal being, granted not only the powers of rejuvenation, but the abilities to see supernatural beings.

Vertical
Published March 7, 2013
228 Pages

Scared, he runs away, and is aided in his escape from society by his friend. Unfortunately for Kei, the manhunt is on and he will soon be caught within a conflict between mankind and others like him as they prepare to fight a new war based on terror.- Goodreads —–>

VIZ Media LLC
Published March 1, 2003
176 Pages

<—Caiman was not lucky. A sorcerer cursed him with a reptile head and left him with no memory of his life before the transformation. Adding to the mystery, there’s a specter of a man living inside him. But Caiman has one key advantage: he’s now completely immune to magic. Along with his best friend, Nikaido, Caiman is hunting down sorcerers in the Hole, searching for the one who can undo his curse and killing the rest. But when En, the head Sorcerer, of the sorcerers, gets word of a lizard-man slaughtering sorcerers, he sends a crew of “cleaners” into the Hole, igniting a war between two worlds.-Goodreads

A boy went to take his trash out late one night, and found a strange, creepy, gothic-lolita-dressed woman sitting amongst the garbage bags.

Published August 21, 2010

She asked if he had a little sister, and he answered her, hurrying afterwards back to his apartment.When he looked out the window, she was gone. Who is the strange woman, and why does she give him such a bad feeling?- Goodreads ——>

Published June 24, 2004
132 Pages

<— A collection of very short and mostly atmospheric stories dealing with urban legends, ghosts, and superstitions all organized around a specific theme (school, visitors, etc.). Some are just two pages long.- Goodreads

In the town that Takada Chinatsu moved to,

Kadokawa Shoten
Published 2011
192 Pages

there’s a legend about demons called Tsumitsuki that possess the feelings of guilt a person has over their sins. Those who are possessed are slowly devoured, body and mind, as the demon manifests. As one of Takada’s friends starts acting strangely, her classmate Kuroe steps in to help… but his true motives are hidden behind a mask.-Goodreads —–>

Kodansha
Published June 8th, 2004
448 Pages

A teenage girl, who possesses the “Mystic Eyes of Death Perception,” a supernatural ability that allows the user to see the “death” of everything in existence and kill the object by destroying its “origin.” She recently recovered from a two-year coma caused by a traffic accident. Prior to the traffic accident, she originally had two personalities, a male personality named Shiki (織), and the original female personality Shiki (式).

<—– Children born into the Ryougi family are generally male and are raised with two personalities, so the male personality is customarily called the “yang” personality, while the female is called the “yin” personality. It is easy to tell which Shiki is speaking at a given time because they both have a distinct style of speaking, most notably that the female Shiki refers to herself with the pronoun watashi (私), while male Shiki refers to himself as ore (俺). After waking from her coma, Shiki discovers that she can no longer feel the male Shiki’s presence and assumes that he died because of the accident. She also feels a detachment from her memories before the accident, and while she knows she is Shiki, she does not feel that she is. In the hopes of regaining herself and the “dead” Shiki, she puts on a cold facade that somewhat resembles the male Shiki’s and tries to act as the female Shiki did. Touko understands the sense of detachment Shiki feels, but considers the current Shiki a third, new personality. -Goodreads

Manga Review: Bungo Stray Dogs by Kafka Asagiri

Yen Press Dec. 13, 2016 192 Pages
Yen Press
Dec. 13, 2016
192 Pages

Atsushi Nakajima no longer has a home. After being kick out of the orphanage, he saves a man from attempting suicide. At a strange turn of events, the man he saves, Osamu Dazai, is part of a detective agency that employs agents with supernatural powers. So, where does that leave Atsushi?

I really. . . really . . . enjoyed this series. And I was surprised that I did because for me Atsushi was a bit useless. Let’s start from the beginning.

Atsushi is the overall good guy that does two things: jump into a situation without thinking or considers running away when everyone else fails. He does that more than once and after a while I stopped caring about him and cared more about the surround characters, who in my eyes make the book.

Atsushi is like an open book, especially compared to Osamu, who from the beginning is surrounded by mystery, dark humor and secrets. . . lots and lots of secrets. I liked him, even though by volume 2 you see less of him. Osamu had depth and that is what was missing from Atsushi. All the surrounding characters had depth and the author was able to weave the different stories, creating a perfectly complex environment. It was amazing work. I know that I am chalking Atsushi as an average character, which is kind of is, but he is powerful and plays a huge roll in the story.

The art work was great but nothing I am going to go to sleep remembering. No offense to the artist, but the storyline overpowered everything. If there was more art telling the story, then it could compete. Although I enjoyed reading this series, I believe the anime would be better.

Overall,

4 Pickles

 

Manga Review: Niehime to Kemono no Ou by Yu Tomofuji

 Hakusensha Published May 20, 2016 162 Pages
Hakusensha
Published May 20, 2016
162 Pages

Saliphie is the 99th sacrifice to the demon king. Looking to enjoy the last few days of her life, As she gets close to the King, she learns two secrets that can change his entire empire.  

When it is announced that Saliphie will be the King’s companion, she is determined to be his source of energy and support. 

This series was a surprise. Based off the summary, it sounded very cliche but the author put in some work with this one.

What I loved was the back story, provided for Saliphie. She is more than just a girl trying to bring happiness to everyone she meets; her past is sad and the fact that she even has some kind of innocence is slightly hard to believe.

I did feel the author was doing too much with her being naive or oblivious to things but I liked her. The best part of this book is the plot. The twists and turns are not cliche at all. Maybe slightly predictable in regards to the King but beyond that I was impressed by what I read. The pace was great. However, I did feel in the first volume it was becoming redundant but by the second volume that changed, which is a fairly quick turn around.

Saliphie relationship with the King shows growth, which I love. They each are feeling each other out, while also trying to become better individuals. Despite the fantasy aspect of it, it is a realistic interpretation of growing love. I really enjoyed it. Beyond the romance, a lot of shady things happen and I am all for it.

The art work was pretty good as it focuses on animals having human appearances and emotions. I was happy with it.

Overall, I am disappointed there isn’t a volume 3 yet because I really did enjoy this.

 

4.5 Pickles

Manga Review: Tasogare Otome × Amnesia by Maybe

Kaze Manga Published 2014
Kaze Manga
Published 2014

A young woman was left to died in the old building at the Academy for Sincere Teachings. Niiya Teiichi, a freshman, gets lost in that building and sees this young woman’s ghost. The two join together to find the truth about her death and past. 

*Review of the entire series. 

This manga was fantastic. If you do not mind some ecchi, then don’t read this. The plot. the pace, the mystery and the horror all moved together perfectly in each book.

I liked how the romance wasn’t over done nor was it completely obvious. It could have went either way and I appreciated that sort of “suspense.” Niiya was a character I didn’t think to like. He stayed true to himself and what he wanted and nothing stopped him from that. There was a love triangle… well other people were interested in Niiya but it was one sided. Perfect.

The artwork was great. There was horror not graphic, not bloody but certain images did provide the horror. What I really did love about this book is it was a huge game of telephone. Not everything was what it seemed, not everything was a lie. It was a great blend of what the babbling of high school students can and cannot do.

I can go on and on about this series but it would give a lot away. Overall, unforgettable story.

5 Pickles

Manga Review: Devil’s Line by Ryo Hanada

Vertical Comics Published May 24, 2016 224 Pages
Vertical Comics
Published May 24, 2016
224 Pages

Tsukasa is rescued from a vampire attack, by an unknown vampire blending with the human population. Anzai, her hero is a half-breed that uses his powers to help a shadowy police task force, fight against vampire- related crime in Tokyo. 

As Anzai and Tsukasa become closer, Anzai has to fight harder to keep from breaking his no human blood rule.

Based off the summary, this sounds like a typical vampire human romance. But trust me . . . it is not. I am only two volumes into this (because the other’s have not been posted online) and it is on my top ten for vampire mangas.

Tsukasa is a awkward college student. Although social-able when it comes around men, she doesn’t know what to do or for that matter say no. When she meets Anzai, she finds him fascinating as opposed to a freak (cliche I know). But there is something about Tsukasa that Anzai decides he has to protect her. The romance is there but it isn’t acted upon as easily as one would think. I loved how both didn’t completely understand their feelings but they weren’t avoiding each other either. It was a mature move; instead of running away they just went with it. I enjoyed that.

Beyond the romance, the story is amazing. So many characters are intertwined and complicates everything in the most artistic way. Is there some predictability? Yes. Is there a love triangle? No. (Thank God) But the cliche not everything is what it seems is the case with this one.

I loved the pace of the manga and how detailed it was without dragging. It was intense, dramatic and had some funny points. The art work was far from cliche; everyone looked different and had different personalities. The cliche of beautiful vampires doesn’t exist in this manga. It is mentioned but from my point of view, that vampire wasn’t all that cute.

If you want a vampire romance that doesn’t have the high school drama and is pure action and intensity, this is for you. I am in love with this therefore to the point, I may buy the series, I am impatient for the next volume to be released.

5 Pickles

NetGalley Review: The Lost Soul of Lord Badewyn (The Order of the MUSE #3) by Mia Marlowe

Entangled: Select Historical To Be Published Nov. 23, 2015 Ebook
Entangled: Select Historical
To Be Published Nov. 23, 2015
Ebook

Meg Anthony is an imposter. Born in the poorest part of the city, she was a thief used for her supernatural powers by her Uncle and his nephew for their selfish needs. 

When she is found by the Order of the Muse, she is saved from a life miserable life and is begins training as a lady. But when her Uncle finds out where Meg is at then for her protection, she is sent to Wales under the protection of the mysterious and isolated Badewyn.

Badewyn who is a nephilim, doesn’t want nor believe in love but when Meg arrives at his door he is tempted to change his mind and never let her go.

I didn’t realize that this was book three to the Order of the Muse series. But it really doesn’t matter because as reading it I didn’t feel as if I was missing something. I greatly appreciated this and it showed skill from the author.

So anyway, I liked this book; I thought it was okay. The reason I thought it was “just okay” was because the characters weren’t that memorable for me, although the plot was actually pretty good. Meg didn’t display a true personality after she fell for Badewyn. She was witty and had an “issue” of holding her tongue but it didn’t really last long because everything became about Badewyn, her love for him and his complicated love for her.

It wasn’t an issue of conflict between the two because they had more than enough. I simply wanted her to shine more. It would have made the book perfect. As for Badewyn, he wasn’t what I was expecting and I felt that his change was a bit surprising. He went from a isolated man who didn’t want his feelings to the next page proclaiming his unconditional love. I liked the fact that he knew what he wanted but the change was drastic.

The plot was creative and it kept my attention all the way through. However, it should have been more dramatic. The ending was too easy and that pissed me off because no one should have gotten scotts free. It was too much of a cliche happy ending.

I liked the book but it could have been much much more dramatic considering it was dealing with the supernatural. I’m not exactly sure if I will read the first two books. This book didn’t make me feel as if I was missing something; therefore I may not continue it.

3 Pickles

Manga Review: Momochi-san Chi no Ayakashi Ouji by Shouoto Aya

Published 2013
Published 2013

At 16 years old, Himari Momochi has never known family so when she inherits a house in the mountains from family she has never met, she jumps at the opportunity for some kind of connection. Little does she know the house is considered haunted according to the locals.

When she reaches the home, she finds that it is occupied by three boys who refuses to leave and insist that she be the one to leave.

As typical this manga is, it actually was a good read that left you wanting volume 2.

Himari isn’t necessarily naive but she also isn’t the brightest person in the house either. What I like about her is she has a sense of responsibility not to the boys but more for the house that carries her name. She seems “realistic” in the manga/anime world.

The characters were alright. But what I loved about this manga was the story. It was a throughout story that I haven’t seen in a lot of mangas. There is romance in here and it is predictable but it seems genuine which is weird for me to say because it is typical.

However,  the author was able to weave a good story regarding the house and the three boys living there. Nothing spectacular in the artwork, very standard for Japanese manga, so there is no need to look for something there.

Sadly there is only one volume so the characters didn’t develop as much as I would have liked nor did the romance actually grow into something really good.

Overall it wouldn’t hurt anyone to read this. I really liked it.

4 Pickles.