Her Majesty\'s Dog Vol. #02 (Mania.com)
By:Eduardo M. Chavez
Review Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Release Date: Thursday, June 01, 2006
What They Say
Hyoue Inugami might seem like your typical teenage hunk, but he's a lot older than he looks - 500 years older, to be exact. Long before he became Amane's loyal guardian, this demon dog served another master. He wasn't alone in his duties, however. The sorcerer Kaiso kept two guardians: Hyoue and Zakuro. Now, after centuries of separation, Zakuro is back.
The sprightly demon child says he'd like nothing more to serve Amane alongside his old friend. But demons, like dogs, can be quite jealous when it comes to affection. When these two beasts start scrapping, who will emerge as leader of the pack?
Amane is in trouble. She has worked so hard just to get the opportunity to live in Tokyo and all that might be taken away from her. If she does not get serious and stop playing friends, she will be returned to the place she wanted to get away from so bad. She tried to trust others and herself, however the costs are too great. She does not have a choice right now. Her only recourse is doing something potentially harmful to one of her friends, opening her up to harm and taking away her memories. This is what a word user has to do. She cannot trust in the words of others, because they never trust in her. And as someone who was born with the ability to control words, no one knows this better than Amane.
Amane is going to have to deal with her friends and then deal with Hyoue's past. Words alone might not get her through this. And with Amane being a little bit on the naive side she is going to have to trust her heart and the hearts of those she loves.
When I read the first volume of this series I was struck by the dark tone and the great use of Japanese mythos. The characters needed some work, as they felt very flat. Well, a volume later the fantasy-action is still driven by mythology but the characters have really stepped up. Takeuchi has already begun to challenge the comfortable lives they have. Their friendships and ideals are tested profoundly. For the lead in particular, these were the first real moments where her cool (but really ditzy) demeanor is ever challenged. The uncertainty intensified the drama and suspense as trust between friends was in doubt. So as a reader I was left wondering is this truly a master/dog relationship or something deeper? And maybe a dog/mistress relationship is much more pure than any relationship humans can share. Quietly Her Majesty's Dog has shown me that there is much more to a demon dog story than barking and scratching. This story has a dark side that bites back with sharp wit and action. Another great crossover title from Go!Comi.
Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B
Text/Translatin Rating: A-
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: Go! Comi
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