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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker – Link’s Logbook(2002 – Oct 28, 2003)
Author:Oyster
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Key Words: video Games, Cannon,
Magazine: Publisher:Action Comics, Futabasha American Publisher:
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Book Volumes: 1

A record of Link’s Journey during the video game ‘The Wind Waker’.


My Thoughts: This is really funny! I actually played wind waker and there were many times that seemed like they could have been created funnier, this is what it needed. All the game was missing was them actually putting these little jokes into the game itself. The log has been created pretty much like a blooper real of antics that happen along his adventure from him drooling from the thought of his favorite soup, to characters doing slightly different things, to little inside jokes from the book and the game. It even has times where you see what’s going on in other parts of the world and the things that are happening are really funny.

Sometimes the writing is a little inconsistent sadly. There are times when Link ends up talking or looking like he is talking and then other times he will only move around to answer the other characters like he normally does in the games. There are also times that Link or the other characters look incredible stupid. It’s great for most jokes but one or two seem to fall flat on the delivery. Not sure if it was the translations or just the joke in general though.

I know I end up talking about the game in this review but in order to look at this, you do have to know the game. That’s one problem with it. If you have never even seen a walkthrough of the game, this will probably be confusing to you and might even spoil the game a bit. It seems like it was created to be sold with it and for you to read it as you play the game because almost every page is like a scene from it. It also ends right before the epic fight when I wish that it would of showed a little bit more.

The artwork is rather minimalist without really any shading but I like it this way. It’s almost more comedic in a way and fits with the feel of the game.

I love reading this and gave me a different view of the game that I really enjoy. If you like Legend of Zelda, you would probably like this.

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Link to Wikipedia: http://zeldawiki.org/The_Legend_of_Zelda:_The_Wind_Waker:_Link%27s_Logbook

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past(1992), Zelda no Densetsu – Kamigami no Triforce, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1992)
Author:Ishinomori Shotaro
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Key Words: video Games, Cannon,
Magazine: Nintendo Power Publisher: American Publisher:
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Book Volumes: 1

An alternate story of the video game ‘A Link to the Past’.


My Thoughts: Sadly I did not like this one as much as I did the other. The writing is rather poor as they try to explain everything so fast that they will say an item multiple times in one sentence. They added characters that were not really part of the actual game, there are times when main points of the story are left out or changed to show up in different parts of the manga then where they should be, link sounds like a whiny kid at times, the little navi character is only there for link to whine too, and so on. It just was really really boring besides the artwork which of course was rather nice. Battles seemed also rather bland. How can I say this without coming out rather rude but I would not be reading this one again.

The art style is really reminiscent of the times. Large ears and rather Osamu Tezuka characters. I actually liked, not to mention that its pretty much all colored.

I have not read the other two renditions of A Link to the Past but I have a feeling this one may be low on my scale.

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Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manga_from_The_Legend_of_Zelda_series#A_Link_to_the_Past_by_Shotaro_Ishinomori

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Saki DJ – Private Link(2010)
Author:Hakka-ya, Tokumi Yuiko
Doujinshi, Romance, School Life, Shoujo Ai, Yuri,
Key Words: One Shot,
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Book Volumes: 1

Fukuji-San and Ueno-San go to a training camp and end up getting together.


My Thoughts: I was worried, this was created by two people in both story and artwork. I was right to be worried. The story made no sense as the scenes were just pretty much random. What type of Training camp were they at? Who else was there? Are these two sisters, friends, rivals? Are they at a bath house, cottage, school? There is nothing for me to answer these questions and I can’t seem to find out what this was a doujinshi of either. It didn’t even have that info for me so I have to give it a low score for that.

Artwork was actually well done, nice details and use of shading. I have no complaints because it looks like all the other rather good ones but at the same time, nothing stands out about the artwork too.

If you know what it’s from, you might get it but a good story teller would be able to make it understandable even to those that do not know where it is from.

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An Angel’s Hips(2006), Tenshi no Kyuu
Author:Asamori Mizuki
Adult, Ecchi, One Shot, Romance, Seinen, Smut, Hentai,
Key Words: Butts,
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Book Volumes: 1

A well dressed man likes to watch women’s butts as they climb the stairs to the train. Little did he know that one of those girls was going to fall and break his arms. She starts cooking for him as an apology for a month.


My Thoughts: Why is it that the most perverted manga is the most popular? No, that’s hypothetical. So what do I think of this one? Fucked up of course. Seriously, she makes meals for him and then after he’s healed, she fucks him. She’s bland sex character and he’s a bland pervert. There was even a point that the guy said her breasts were like a bottom. If I were her (Thank god I’m not!) I would have smacked him and left at that point. The story is shallow, pretty much only there for the sex and perverted ideas of the man.

The artwork is rather good but designed for perverted thoughts as almost every woman has to where tight jeans that seem to show every single bump of there body with a damn camel toe in the front. Seriously, stop showing that Japan!!!! Girls do not always where camel toe clothing, especially in a business suit!


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Lip Smoke(Apr 25, 2013)
Author:Nishikata Mai
Romance, Shoujo,
Key Words: Kiss,
Magazine: Publisher: American Publisher:
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Book Volumes: 1

Setsuna Iwato, A high schooler, becomes an assistant to an erotic fiction novelist named Kazuki Seta. Seta want’s to rediscover what a ‘pure kiss’ is so he pays her to be around him with a promise he would not touch her. Will this perverted man keep his promise or is Setsuna right in saying all men are the same?


My Thoughts: Well, this is a re-edit of a manga I was told would be a one shot and it seems it is now an actual series going on.

So my thoughts before were that I said I actually liked the little one piece I thought this was and my thought still stands. The thought of a perverted guy wanting to write a sweet romance is actually rather cute and yet he seems to play our main character by tugging her around. It’s sad because when many times the rather sweet love that the two seem to share is broken by Seta becoming goofy over the fact he can use the material for his new book. It breaks the mood that they so nicely lined up and it happens so often that I feel like the story is going astray. I also am not really fond on the fact that Seta does so much to make her love him (Although he isn’t really trying to do that) and then just pushes her away. It is a bit annoying and feels like he is playing with an innocent girl’s heart. We still see that he is a bit more mature even if he is perverted but little by little, he starts acting more like an old man or a little kid one right after another.

Iwato, who used to be a stand off-ish girl is actually becoming more aggressive as the book goes on, sort of pushing herself onto Seta and trying to get him to know her feelings but then she goes back to being stand off-ish again. She flip flops all over the place. I guess the two are meant for each other if they are going to keep being multi-personalitied like that but it got to a point I wanted them to just get it over with.

The artwork was rather good though the art style is a bit different then shoujo styles. It is rather detailed but our main character isn’t a typical high school girl. She seems much more adult like and not as innocent. The eyes are the most intense, showing almost all the emotions Setsuna feels even though her face is almost all straight where as Seta’s emotions are on his sleeve.

I did like this one though the personalities of the two people have me shaking my head at times.

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Delusional Mode(Apr 25, 2013), Rensou Mode
Author:Okada Haruki
Comedy, One Shot, Romance, Shoujo,
Key Words: Kiss,
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Book Volumes: 1

Aizome Maiko has been a rather misunderstood girl who has explicit fantasies. When Yajima Keisuki ruins her dreams of the perfect romantic encounter, she forces him to help carry out plans to reach the man she wanted.


My Thoughts: So I really like where this manga was going. Sometimes the ideal guy isn’t the one you are supposed to be with. Also, sometimes the ideal guy is not so ideal on the inside. The one shot was a little long and it was pretty perfect to be long because it was cramed full of interesting situations when itself is a normal situation that keeps happening within a manga. We got to see the different personalities between the three characters and I don’t think they were really stereotypical (although I do have to say there was a tiny bit of stereotypes). I would read it again.

The art is typical of the shoujo anime. Standard fair so I have nothing much to say about it.

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Before Dawn(2005), Yoake Mae
Author:Yamada Kana
Ecchi, Josei, One Shot, Romance, Hentai,
Key Words: Smut, Adult, Mature,
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Book Volumes: 1

A women has sexual adventures with her brother’s friend but what will happen when they go to far?


My Thoughts: Just when I think I’m getting into better manga, I push my luck. This one had really no plot and was pretty much about a women fucking a younger guy. I seriously don’t know why they were so secretive about it though since she didn’t seem that much older then him. She also stayed with him even though he seems to be a rather abusive person so again, I have no clue what they were doing with this.

The artwork is actually a little less then others. I don’t know how to explain it but the characters seemed really odd. It was like they weren’t proportioned right. The black was really dark and the shading when there was some seemed put oddly on there. Once in a while, the lighting didn’t look right at all.

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Kare Kano Hajimemashita(Jun 20, 2013),
Author:Momoi Sumire
One Shot, Romance, School Life, Shoujo,
Key Words: First Boyfriend,
Magazine: Publisher: American Publisher:
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Book Volumes: 1

Hanamori Hinano has had a crush on the popular boy, Asahi Ryoutarou, but it was unrequited. That is until they were separated from their friends one day and he noticed she had been watching him for a long time and asks her to go out with him. What’s a girl to do when the boy you love is your first boyfriend?


My Thoughts: Alright, this is cute. It’s all about a boy and girl being in a relationship for the first time and not really understanding just what it means to be in a relationship. Hinano is rather confused and embarrassed almost all the times to be with the boy she loves so much, partly because I think it was unexpected. She never thought that she would be with him so when he said he loved her; it was so much for her to take in. On the other hand, the most popular boy would of course not feel embarrassed about the girl he likes so he doesn’t really understand it. Misunderstanding happens and then everything ends up like a normal story. It’s cute and short, that’s pretty much it.

The artwork is pretty standard. Again, nothing really stood out to me on that.

This is one I would reread. The story is what saves it.

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Gong Bao Chicken(2004),
Author:Wei Ming Zhao
One Shot, Romance, Fantasy
Key Words: Dreams,
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Book Volumes: 1

A man is hit on by the woman in his dreams.


My Thoughts: Ok… I kind of went ‘WHAT?’ to this manga. The storyline is really short and it was interesting to find an almost completely wordless manga out there. It sort of showed the storyline rather well and made a bit sense but the ending was really feeling like I had missed something to the story. I read it two times (it was really short so it didn’t bother me none to do that) and I still can’t figure out why it’s called Gong Bao Chicken except for a small comment.

The artwork is well detailed but the lines are really thin so sometimes things blend in with each other a little too much. They don’t seem to show up rather well but I guess since this is the dream world, it is supposed to be unclear. It is very bishonen with the man looking a lot like a woman. It’s a good one for those that only care about artwork instead of the words or just want to see a manga with not very many words.

I enjoyed the manga even though it had faults in rather small areas. The over all one was a rather interesting experience.

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Hyouketsu Kiss Mate(),
Author:Ishihara Keiko
Fantasy, One Shot, Romance, Shoujo,
Key Words: Snow Fairies,
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Book Volumes: 1

Kakiuchi Hiori tried to find a woman from her village named Hyoka. Instead, she found her husband and her son,Yamato. Since Hyoka was a snow fairy, it was very rare that she would give birth to a son and so Hiori was supposed to bring Yamato back to the mountains but what would happen if she can’t?


My Thoughts: This was a very cute little story that made me smile. The characters were pretty simple in that we have a black sheep and a most popular boy but they changed it slightly in that now we understand the two better. That is something we don’t normally get in a one shot and I’m glad to see it happen. Sometimes even the longer one shots don’t have any back story to the characters and so we miss out on a couple of the things that would happen all because we don’t know the characters.

The art is beautiful and you get a real sense of the characters and what makes them different (Sort of). Sadly because there are no colors, when they keep talking about ice blue eyes and blond hair, I wished I could see at least one image of that color but that’s not the author’s fault.

This is one you may like to read if you like romance style manga and just want a short taste.

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Because you are my friend(2003), Tomodachi Kara Yoroshiku Desu
Author:Harada Taeko
Comedy, One Shot, Romance, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Shoujo,
Key Words: Gender Bender,
Magazine: Publisher: American Publisher:
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Book Volumes: 1

Jun loved the most popular boy in school but he is always surrounded by girls. She bought a magazine only for the freebie which was a charm that would make her able to have her wish to come true. To bad that it goes strange and turns her into a boy!


My Thoughts: Well this is a really cute little story. The main idea is pretty much the same for most manga in that a girl falls for this very popular guy but then it gets a bit deeper. The story shows that you can’t judge a book by its cover and being judged just by your looks. The supernatural girl turning into guy for a day at first sounds like it’s the same of every other gender bender and yet it has a different feel as she uses it to learn much more about him. It didn’t end exactly like I thought it would, with a yaoi related idea, but it was still good.

The art style is rather cute and fun, but looks pretty close to the rest of the mangas out there that are rather good. The pages were all pretty busy and I think one or two pages that were simple would be good to break up the large amount of ink that was in this manga.

I liked it but there is really no reason for me to read it again. I didn’t enjoy it enough to spend the 5 minutes reading it again.

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Aka no Ori(2004), Red Cage
Author:Kyota Ukiko
Yaoi, Hentai, One Shot,
Key Words: Smut, Incest,
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Book Volumes: 1

A long time ago, two brothers lost their mother and father who were the head of a country yakuza because of a traitor. Now the older sends his brother out to kill and rewards him with loving sex but if the younger fails, then he gets punished through BDSM. No matter what, the younger can never seem to get away but what would happen if he asks to stop killing?


My Thoughts: Alright, this one is well… I don’t feel much for this one shot. It’s really heavy on the sexual stuff and not much else. There is a little bit of psychological break down because they do tell a bit of the background but not much of it. It was really made for the smut of a brother having sex with his younger brother. I am not going to lie, it is a struggle talking about one shots, especially a manga that looks like it’s supposed to be just made for the yaoi hentai.

The artwork is alright, same as any other smut based manga which doesn’t say much. Some sex scenes look rather sickening in my mind and others look pretty close to normal. I don’t think I will read this one ever again and I do feel like it was a bit waste of time to actually read it unless you’re looking for smut.

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Ghost Hunt(Jul 7, 1998 – Sep 30, 2010)
Author: Shiho Inada
Mystery, Supernatural, Shojo
Key Words: Occult, Detective,
Magazine: Nakayoshi Publisher: Kodansha American Publisher: Del Ray Manga

Book Volumes: 12

Mai Taniyama was a normal first year high school student who ended up getting a job with Shibuya Psychic Research center (SPR) under its young manager, Kazuya Shibuya. Together with a small miss matched band, consisting of: a Catholic Priest, a Shinto Shrine Maiden, a Buddhist Monk, a Celebrity Teen Psychic, and a Taoist master; they explore paranormal occurrences to find proof of spirits


My Thoughts: After becoming a fan of the show, I thought I should check out the manga and as I read, I wasn’t disappointed. The manga and the anime practically start out the same way, though the manga seemed to have a bit more depth to the characters and stories. Sadly though, 10 of the 12 volumes were extremely close to the anime with only a few exceptions. Only the last two were not in the anime which makes me wonder just what they were trying to do. There are two possibilities to the reason why this is, the first is that they wanted people to read the manga so did not finish the anime and then the second is the one that I think happened, that they ran out of time or money to create the last few episodes. I do suggest though that you do read the manga and maybe even before watching the show because of the fact of only two of the books not being animated.

When we start talking about characters, we have an interesting mix. John Brown is the Exorcist within the church. It’s surprising because he’s only 19 years old and is already ranked higher then a priest. In the anime though, I believe they had said that you have to be ordained as a priest for it to happen. Anyway, the manga has a bit more fun with his character because he’s a foreigner from Australia. This gets into the mindset of Japanese when they see foreigners. When someone speaks really formal or uses a different dialect, they may make fun of that person. John started by talking in a Kyoto dialect when the others asked him not to be so formal. I understand why people wouldn’t get it (hell, I didn’t get it at first either) but it gave a bit more insight to his character. Then there is Masako who is a famous spirit medium with a lot of knowledge under her belt on the spiritual realm. She is kind hearted for the most part but then can also be rather snippety and crude though still keeping her lady-like manner (mostly).

Ayako is a 23 year old shinto priestess who is rather wealthy because she is the daughter of a doctor. She is rather confident and proud though I never actually saw her do much when it came to expelling spirits even though there was at least one occasion that she did. The rest of the time, she seemed to act more like a mother to the group then a priestess. Takigawa is a monk/musician who pretty much acts like a mix of a father figure and an uncle to the group of younger characters. Again, there was not much about him doing stuff in the spiritual acts besides creating barriers and once in a while dispelling evil. He does do a lot more then Ayako though. Then we have Lin and Naru who we really don’t really know much about except they are rather silent most of the time or bossy. And then Mai who might be one of my favorite characters of the manga even though she is a bit clueless. I liked her because it gave the characters a reason to explain what was going on for the reader. If we didn’t have that, them explaining would seem forced.

The artwork is pretty ok though some of the characters really don’t look right. At first, I didn’t like the design of the girls but Mai’s design sort of grew on me. She looks much different then the anime though and so don’t be surprised if you don’t recognize her. I still do not like Masako Hara’s though as she seems way too dolled up compared to the others. The men have pretty much kept the style from the show (Well, from manga to anime actually) and yet Naru seems to show much more emotion then the anime and is a little more realistic. Sadly, the ghostly happenings seem to be lack luster or hard to see and many times the pages are pretty much all white making it hard to understand what is going on. That is the problem with only having white and black ink to show what is going on.

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Chobits(Feb 14, 2001 – Nov 29, 2002)
Author: CLAMP
Romance, Comedy, Sci-fi, Seinen,
Key Words: Robots, Philosophy,
Magazine: Young Magazine Publisher: Kodansha American Publisher: Dark Horse Comics, Tokyopop,

Book Volumes: 8

Hideki was just like every other guy that wanted a computer. What he didn’t know was what would happen when he found a persocom (a humanoid computer) tied up in the trash. What strange things are happening and just what is Chi?


My Thoughts: I do have to say, the manga is way better then the anime. Where as the anime was pretty much highly fan based, the manga wasn’t. We get much more in depth to the story instead of playing around with random side stories and the ---ugggg--- panty storyline. Sure we have the little bits of fan service but at least they are done artistically and mostly add to the story, it isn’t outside the storyline they are going through and isn’t for a stupid side story such as the panties thing. There isn’t much else to talk about on the storyline sadly without spoiling anything except that the build up is much better in the manga.

So everywhere I looked online said that Chobits was a Seinen. For those of you that have no clue what that means, it means that this manga was targeted to 18-30 year old males… ya… I don’t get it either. I know that the manga has some rather perverted moments, and naked women but I feel that this was completely miss written. The storyline is much too sweet and gentle to be for a male audience, and I’m talking about this compared to other Seinen mangas. This story is all about finding your true love, finding the person you are destined to be with, and above all, letting no one else take what is precious to you. Normally, the precious thing they would talk about would be more along the lines of ‘virginity’ in a sense for the female android character. Unless it’s an anti-rape story for males, I see no reason for it to be written for a male audience. That’s my thought on the matter but I could be wrong.

The artwork is beautiful for a shojo-style manga. I know that it’s a Seinen but seriously, the art style says shojo. Almost everything is really well detailed down to the clumps in chi’s hair and her Lolita clothing. Sadly, it makes many of the other areas that aren’t well detailed feel as though they were done in a rush or without as much love to the characters. While there is a lot of fan service in the women, the art feels a bit more modest and artistic then the stuff you would see in the anime. They did a lot of shading in those parts or had a reason behind the design of the characters and the sexual nature of them. What bothered me slightly was the large ‘ears’ that most of the persocoms had that made them look a bit like furies. I don’t know why, I just had a little bit of a problem with them though they did not mess with the story.

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Petshop of Horrors(1995 – 1998)
Author: Matsuri Akino
Horror, Mystery, Supernatural, Shojo
Key Words: Animals,
Magazine: Missy Comics DX Publisher: Asahi Sonorama American Publisher: Tokyopop

Book Volumes: 10

In a mysterious little pet shop in the back ally of Los Angeles’ Chinatown, there is a caretaker named Count D. Each of the pets he takes care of has a humanoid appearance and many come with a contract with three major points. If the owner breaks any of these, the shop claims no liability and many times, the person will pass away.


My Thoughts: Welcome to a shop that makes your wishes a reality… scratch that, this is a shop that will stock the rarest animals in the world that will make your dreams a reality. Sometimes the explanation of this manga and xxxHOLiC sort of mix with each other. The idea is pretty much the same though in that we have the owner of the shop who helps people, a outsider brought into the shop to learn about it, and a by chapter storyline that is new every, I want to say two or three chapters. And then the ending goes into one big storyline at the end, but that would be a spoiler so let’s not worry about that.

Now all through the books, there are times when we would have parts that didn’t feel like any part of the main story or the little people stories. I consider them more like side stories. Even though we have those side stories, they actually work well in this since most of the story is really dark and depressing; we need a little bit of something comedic in order to break it up. The little stories were some of the animals play around with each other or when D is being his fun cute self are actually enjoyable before we go back into the dark depths of peoples hearts and minds.

I love the rather fun style of D although he feels like Yuko from xxxHOLiC a bit. He is always going gaga over sweets and answers questions in a rather whimsical mysterious manner, never giving an actual straight answer to the question. Because of this, most of the time we are left to wonder what he means and makes us think or, in my case, sometimes doing a little soul searching. Leon is like Watanuki without the large amount of whining. Although Leon isn’t there for most of the times people buy pets from D’s shop, he is basicly our inside look to the shop being a newbie himself. He is always asking the questions and although he does get annoying at times with acusing D of selling dangerous animals (and yes, I do believe some of them would never be allowed to be sold if the government knew exactly what was in the shop), he does have his good points in that he is willing to try and learn what is going on.

Another thing I was so happy about was the informational pages that were placed at the end of each book. They explained each mystical animal more thoroughly for those that never heard of them. It helped a lot in being able to find if the animal was made just for the manga or if it truly had a place in myths and legends.

The artwork is very beautiful in many of the areas, showing a lot of details, flowing hair and clothing and the most fantastic clothing designs I have ever seen. Some of which seem almost as though they could be part of the character themselves instead of being just normal clothing. Wings look like wings, fur looks like fur, and many of the humanoid animals look very close to their animal look with none of them looking like any other unless they are supposed to. With that said, sometimes it does lack like when there are funny little moments when D is sort of playing around or when some of the normal creatures we see are doing playful little side stories that really don’t mean anything to the actual story taking place. There are also times when things are very hard to see such as in misty areas and times when a color blends with the background. It is a problem with the rather fine lines this artist gives the manga.

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Link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_Shop_of_Horrors

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