Lenni Reviews: “Beastars” vol 1 by Paru Itagaki

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

*This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.

In this comic, the high school is divided into predators and prey and one student among them is selected to be a ‘Beastar’ – essentially their version of valedictorian as they exemplify the best of both predator and prey. But when a prey student is found dead, tensions are high and loner wolf, Legoshi – a friend of the murdered student – is struggling with his control with so much fear around him.

As I was reading this very sketchy drawn book, I didn’t think I would like it. I was concerned it would be to “on the nose” with the predator/prey aspect only to find it more nuanced than I’d assumed. This is one of the more original manga outings I’ve read in a long time. While the art style may feel strange at first, the characters draw you in. An impressive first volume and I do hope to continue this series.

And yup, totally got the Bella Legosi reference.

4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “To Your Eternity” vol 4 by Yoshitoki Oima

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Fushi has found a quiet life with his makeshift family, going four years without transforming and living in peace. But at Rean’s 16th birthday party, a monster attacks and Fushi is forced to face facts: he is not human and he will not be able to live a simple life as long as the Nokkers are pursuing him.

Whelp, I got out the tissues because this volume is a downer. I’m intrigued by Fushi and his “creator” and everyone in around Fushi is so damn likable, I almost want some stories about his four years with them. This series has had some great characters so far. I love experiencing everything with them and I hope this keeps up in future volumes. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “To Your Eternity” by Yoshitoki Oima

 

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Gugu is a young boy with terrible scars on his face who comes upon Fushi when he enters the shop where Gugu works. As the two grow closer due to the fact they are both “monsters,” Fushi finds he would like to stay instead of moving along as he normally does. Unfortunately, Fushi must face the fact that such happiness is fleeting.

The best parts of this volume for me were the scene with Gugu and Fushi. Watching them grow together is adorable but there is still the lingering shade of the hooded figure skulking after Fushi. I get the sad feeling Gugu and his friends won’t come out ok when he comes to claim whatever he wants from Fushi.

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