Her Majesty\'s Dog Vol. #07 (Mania.com)

By:Eduardo M. Chavez
Review Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Release Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Takeuchi Mick
Translated by:Christine Schilling
Adapted by:Mallory Reaves

What They Say
Someone from Amane's village is out to ruin the young shamaness's life! Framed for a crime they didn't commit, Amane and Hyoue return to the island in disgrace... and this time, they won't be allowed to leave. Forced into fulfilling her duty as the head of the Kamori family, Amane discovers that she is prisoner to a destiny that could keep her and Hyoue apart forever!

The Review
If you have been reading Her Majesty's Dog you know that behind Amane and Hyoue is someone whose love has always kept those two going. Amane's best friend Ateko in many ways is the glue that holds this manga together. Her meddling... I mean her efforts behind the scenes have been instrumental in keeping Amane and Hyoue together through all their struggles in Tokyo. Sadly, Ateko, despite her work, does not know where she fits in with these two. Is she just a nuisance? She was once almost hypnotized by Amane. She might be causing them trouble.

Ateko is actually more like a third wheel. She can't defend herself nor does she have connections or influence like other people they know. All she can do is arrange parties and maybe act as a decoy whenever Amane's life is threatened. Maybe she is being selfish? Should she get involved with Amane's personal issues? Prevent her from getting married?! Yeah, she is getting too involved. But then we are talking about Hyoue and Amane here! Those two are clueless and they need any direction they can get.

It was bound to happen. After six solid volumes, we have reached the filler arc. Hyoue and Amane's problems have been resolved. Twisted angry relatives have been shut up. Peace has entered the mana-tsukai's world for a brief spell. So Takeuchi-sensei does what any mangaka would do... Stretch the story with chapters dealing with supporting characters and birthdays. And while the gay cosplay hostess bar chapter was pretty funny, it was pretty pointless. Things get back on track for the last third of the book with the unwelcome return of an old friend but we are left with an awkward cliffhanger. So this volume left me wanting a little more.

HMG is still one of Go!Comi's best titles but this particular volume is a little light on drama (while heavy on humor). There is nothing wrong with a change of pace, but Takeuchi isn't really a great comedian. If you are looking for something a little lighter from Takeuchi this should a good time. Otherwise, try to pick this up on sale when volume eight hits shelves.

Mania Grade: B-
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B
Text/Translatin Rating: B+
Age Rating: 16 & Up
Released By: Go! Comi
MSRP: 10.95
Pages: 194
ISBN: 1-933617-29-9
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Her Majesty's Dog