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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 190
  • ISBN: 0-9768957-3-0
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Her Majesty\'s Dog Vol. #01

By Eduardo M. Chavez     May 24, 2006
Release Date: October 31, 2005


Her Majesty\'s Dog Vol.#01
© Go! Comi


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Takeuchi Mick
Translated by:Akira Tsubasa
Adapted by:

What They Say
Amane's not like other girls. With her ice queen demeanor and naiveté, she's become quite the misfit on campus. Even more unusual is her relationship with fellow transfer student Hyoue Inugami, the hottest guy in school. But the truth is that Amane is a powerful psychic and Hyoue is her guardian demon-dog, whose powers are fueled by her kiss! And when Amane lets her "dog" off his leash, no vengeful spirit is safe!

The Review
Amane might look like your average ditzy high schooler, but she has some serious issues. First, she has no where to turn to. She is out in the big city practically on her own (well she is with her "dog"). She doesn't have family anymore, and those who took care of her back in her old town are basically afraid of her. Amane knows they have a good reason but that doesn't mean it doesn't hurt her. And she also cannot make too many friends at her current school, because if they find out who she is they might be risking their safety.

See Amane is a "ManaTsukai" (a Word Master). And she can control anything as long as she knows its name. So if she wanted to she could to control someones spirit by simply saying their name out loud. The power of words has never been doubted as far as how much they can influence people's actions and feelings, but this is much more dangerous than that. Amane's powers have created loneliness, isolation and fear, so she cannot share it with many. But that is why she has her dog Hyoue beside her. With him by her side, she can protect her friends and her ideals no matter even if she has no where to go or anyone else to turn to.

One of the debut titles for Go!Comi, Her Majesty's Dog shares the same level of quality that the other books have. Solid printing, nice extras, translator notes and a good translation are standard. I am not a big fan of cover art (but then again the original had a pink on black pattern instead).

Her Majesty's Dog was easily the biggest surprise in Go!Comi's original four. This is a fine shojo horror title that uses many positive elements of horror. Takeuchi is able to create a mood where terror is looming. Moreover, the concept of words and their power makes for a message that is not only entertaining but is very poignant considering how people seem to say things without aknowledging their consequences. This might not have the great art and epic feel of Cantarella or the angst of Crossroads, but it does have a nice balance of action, suspense and drama that ought to appeal to readers across the board. And more importantly, should lead its fun cast out of the dog house and into people's bookshelves.

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