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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: C
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: ComicsOne
  • MSRP: 9.95
  • Pages: 216
  • ISBN: 1-58899-221-7
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Bride of Deimos Vol. #03

By Mike Dungan     December 16, 2004
Release Date: November 01, 2002


Bride of Deimos Vol.#03
© ComicsOne


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Story: Etsuko Ikeda / Art: Yuho Ashibe
Translated by:Sahe Kawahara
Adapted by:

What They Say
During the New Year period, Minako takes Hagoita to a play. Accidentally he discovers one of the actresses has a dormant ghost name Osichi living within her. Who is this strange apparition and the lost love she seeks? What will happen when she reveals herself? And most important of all, what does our lovesick demon have to do with it all?

The Review
The Review: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
This shoujo horror anthology begins with Minako enjoying New Years Day. Dressed in her beautiful winter kimono, she's visited by Deimos. He tells her this year is the year she becomes his bride and lives in hell with him. She ignores him and goes to a play with one of her friends. It's about a fire in Edo in 1682 that killed 3500 people. It is remembered as a great love story between Oshichi, the daughter of a grocer, and Kichisaburo, a servant in a temple. Minako follows clues that lead her to the ghost of Oshichi, who reveals a very different version of the story, the truth of what happened.

Young girls with a rare blood type are dying one a month, every month. Minako suspects the murderer is one of her classmates, a beautiful girl who was in an accident several months ago. Her face was disfigured, but now she's as beautiful as ever. Once again, Deimos is behind it all, and Minako has a decision to make.

A young man is fighting, stealing and causing trouble. The police track him down, but the person they find is a quiet, studious boy with good grades. Unfortunately, he's also depressed to the point of once attempting suicide. Deimos comes to the "aid" of this young man, preying on his split personality.

Deimos meets a beautiful but cruel woman who claims to be a successful lover. She calls him a coward for not bringing Minako to Hades yet. She shows him how she works. A classmate of Minako's is a collector of insects. He shows his collection to Minako and they notice a woman in the house next door sitting at a spinning wheel. He goes to meet her and they fall in love. Much later, Minako notices he isn't coming to class any more and goes to investigate.

Minako has been cast as Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet", but her understudy is jealous of her. After rehearsal, a man starts chasing Minako, who is almost hit by a car. Deimos stops the man, who is actually Death in disguise. Venus has grown tired of waiting for Deimos to bring Minako to hell and has enlisted the help of Death. Unfortunately, Death has swung his sickle, and someone must go back with him to the afterlife by the next tide, which happens to be exactly when the play is supposed to start.

In the last chapter, Minako meets a young artist who works as a driver for a wealthy family. He collapses and Minako takes him to the hospital. He has a tumor and is dying. He refuses to get a risky and expensive operation. He can't afford it and wants to just paint and draw as long as he can. He and Minako fall in love, but the teen-aged daughter of the family he works for becomes jealous of Minako. Meanwhile, Deimos becomes jealous as well, and decides to do something about it.

Comments
This shoujo horror anthology from almost 30 years ago continues to be a very entertaing read. Etsuko Ikeda's stories of human frailty and greed are perfectly illustrated by Yuho Ashibe. Ashibe has fine, clear style that is ornate without being fussy. She puts a surprising amount of detail into her illustrations, and creates some great character designs.

ComicsOne's art reproduction is not as good as it could be. Large patches of screentones are filled with moiring and pages often look too dark. There are a few typos spread throughout the book as well. A positive is that all sound effects are translated. The dialogue is a little stilted and melodramatic at times, but the subject matter actually suits it. This book, which is actually slightly shorter than the typical B6 sized book, has a very stiff binding and cover. It makes for a more solid feeling book, but it also feels slightly brittle. I'm afraid to open the book too far for fear of the spine breaking. The front cover is an image of Minako looking back over her shoulder at the reader with a worried look on her face. Two candles in the foreground frame her, one of them with the flame extinguished. The title is in English at the top of the cover, and a pale yellow band is at the bottom of the cover. The pink, purple and yellows that dominate the cover are very attractive, and fits the mood of the book. As with the previous volumes, the back cover is black with Venus sitting in what looks like a pool of blood.

Bride of Deimos is a title I continue to enjoy. The wonderfully melodramatic stories are told well, with beautiful artwork. For anyone who enjoys "old school" shoujo or simply wants to read something unique to the American manga market, this is a great choice.

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