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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translation Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 16 and Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1605100098
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Bound Beauty

Bound Beauty Vol. #02

By Matthew Alexander     April 01, 2009
Release Date: January 15, 2009

Bound Beauty Vol. #02
© Go! Comi

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Mick Takeuchi
Translation: Christine Schilling
Adaptation: Brynne Chandler

What They Say
A grisly murder leads to shocking discoveries about her fellow Tyers as Chiko learns exactly what Aya sacrificed for his powers. Things get even more complicated when another spinner arrives. Isora is beautiful, competent - and might be Akeo's destined love!

The Review!
The angst portrayed in the character’s visages in this series is impressive.  Whether it is Chiyako in her anger with her situation or the Tyer’s clients fear or rage at what is happening, Takeuchi does a good job showing this in the art. 

The story continues to chug along with some revelations and more mysteries revealed.  Aya is becoming an increasingly interesting character as he is all smiles, but at the same time always seems callous toward those around him.  This is apparently because he lost his ability to empathize when he became a Tyer.  This makes him the perfect candidate for the ‘dirty’ jobs brought to the Tyers.  Aside from that, it also means Aya must have been an incredibly compassionate person before his contract with one of the Five Colored Threads of Fate, since you lose the thing most important to you for the bond.

We know Hirotsuna gave up his family to become a Tyer, and we know Chiyako gave up her adulthood, but Akeo remains an enigma.  He is quiet and reserved, and there has not been a single hint as to what his sacrifice might have been.  On the other hand, Chiyako’s childhood and the reason for her hatred is revealed in this volume.  Her reason is messed up and easily explains her hatred.  Even with that, I can’t ignore the idea that her father somehow knows Akeo or something about the Tyers.  Maybe I’m giving her dad too much credit, but I’m sure it will be revealed in the future.

With the Tyers latest case, this series is becoming more like a crime fighting story.  A woman wants revenge on her sister’s killer and she comes to the Tyers for help.  Being a strong believer in justice, Chiyako wants to help the police catch the killer.  Aya has other methods in mind, and he plans to show Chiyako just how dirty the Tyers job can sometimes be.  Will Aya allow the woman to take revenge on the serial killer, or will Chiyako be able to turn him over to the police first?

I’m beginning to like this series more, especially with the introduction of the beautiful Isora, the fifth Tyer.  She is refined, beautiful, and incredibly powerful, the complete opposite of Chiyako and the exact woman she desires to become.  The two play nicely off each other.  Unfortunately, not only can Chiyako not change her personality, but her pact with the Colored Thread will never allow her to grow up.  There may never be any chance for Chiyako to become a refined woman for her beloved Akeo.  Then again, maybe he has a thing for loli’s?

Demons, ghosts, beautiful men and women, and a decent amount of humor makes this a title fans of shojo and the occult should give a try.


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