Post Reply Beasts of Abigaile
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Posted 11/23/17 , edited 11/24/17


I feel as though I'm the only one reading this manga, which doesn't make sense because it deserves much greater recognition. The story is about a girl named Nina who moves from Japan to the sovereign micro-nation of Ruberia where her uncle lives and where the main export and cultural touchstone seems to be their unique strains of roses. Ruberia has a rich mythology including a tale of werewolves that terrorized ancient Ruberians until the latter drove the beasts away with poisonous roses that were scented like human blood.

The inciting incident involves Nina being bitten by one of said werewolves, who are real to the surprise of nobody familiar with this sort of setup. This wolf was a would be escapee from the prison in which all the werewolves (or Lugas, as they are called in the series) are held, ostracized from human society until they go through the prison's school curriculum at which point they may be given a conditional release into serfdom to the human population. In an as of yet not fully explained twist, Nina being bitten by the escaped convict causes her to turn into a Luga, a phenomenon apparently unique to her, and becomes incarcerated into the previously mentioned penitentiary; the titular Abigaile Prison which works as a thinly veiled analogue for high school. A very very thinly veiled analogue.

It has nice art, a unique premise and a pretty fresh way of looking at manga's most overused setting. As mean as it may seem to say, using a sudden wolf transformation to symbolize entering adolescence is surprisingly appropriate. Seven Seas' release of the second volume came out recently and I'm feeling pretty confident about picking it up tomorrow. Because of it's many qualities already apparent as early as the furst volume. Who else is with me?
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