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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 198
  • ISBN: 1-933617-01-2
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Her Majesty\'s Dog Vol. #03

By Eduardo M. Chavez     December 06, 2006
Release Date: November 30, 2006

Her Majesty\'s Dog Vol.#03
© Go! Comi

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

What They Say
By necessity Amane Kamori lives a life of secrecy. The only ones who know the truth about her powers and Hyoue's true form are her best friend Takako and her cousin Hayato. But when Amane's desire to help others exposes her powers to a stranger, the high school shamaness finds herself at the mercy of a manipulative and egotistical classmate. If Amane is the "slave" of this new "master," does that make Hyoue his "super-slave"?!

The Review
The power of words is often ignored. In the two longest arcs of volume three, lies and tradition are at the focus. Words are the fundamentals to both but they take on different roles in this volume. Where lies are generally hurtful and allude to freedom, tradition is often looked in a positive way. The significance of words are very personal to those who are sharing those lies. While tradition is much more collective; often shared by communities. The significance of tradition has spanned the course of time influencing so many through the years. The bonds of family are the oldest and most powerful ones. We value this on an intimate level. Some of that happens in Her Majesty's Dog. Sure it is not to scale. The battles that occur here are on a personal level. Individuals rebelling against the establishment are common themes but it presents an opportunity to illustrate the struggles main character Kaname is going through. She is bound by tradition. Yet, she is trying to make her own life by making her new experiences outside of the restrictions of family and community.

Lies can be just as powerful. Takeuchi offers an analogy to the tale "the Boy Who Cried Wolf". Lies might just be words. They might seem funny at first. They might accomplish what they were intended to do initially. However, they are based on false pretenses that could end up creating more harm. The value of those words are equal to the relevance to those who experience those words. In this storyline, the lies prevent others from getting close to a character when he is in need. Takeuchi shows that people sometimes create lies to put up walls around them; often to protect themselves from the truth. But accepting the truth could give these kids even more freedom.

Three volumes into this series and I feel this title is getting into a groove. I am starting to appreciate Her Majesty's Dog for slightly different reasons than I did previously. The mild horror element is still there but it is not being used enough for my taste (volume two had a great sequence that has not been emulated since). And I feel the characters are falling into stereotypes now. However, the writing is such that it is showing depth and variety. I can see Takeuchi is trying to really focus on her "words" theme to its fullest. We take words and language for granted but to see their significance in so much of our lives and to see it placed into perspective has been inspiring. Very simple ideas but very impressive nonetheless.


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