Lament of the Lamb Vol. #05 -

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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: TOKYOPOP
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 184
  • ISBN: 1-595320040
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Lament of the Lamb Vol. #05

By Eduardo M. Chavez     May 24, 2006
Release Date: February 08, 2005

Lament of the Lamb Vol.#05

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Toume Kei
Translated by:Ryan Flake
Adapted by:

What They Say
Minase's refusal to give medicine to Chizuna and her unwillingness to take Kazuna's blood has weakened her to a bed-ridden state. After taking Chizuna under his care, Minase finally confesses his love. He would love nothing more than to get close to Chizuna? Yaeguchi knows the family secret, but can she earn Kazuna's trust?

The Review
The curse of the Takashiro clan is a devastating one. It forces those who catch the disease into hiding. They close themselves out from the rest of the world, even if there are family and friends that want to come and help ease the pain. Even for those who have lived along side the Takashiro's for years are not allowed to ever become apart of the inner circle. It is the Takashiro's, Kazuna and Chizuna's burden alone and they alone will comfort each other through all the loneliness and madness.

With the increasing rate of attacks, these two siblings are seriously running out of options for survival. They do not wish to take help from the outside world. They do not wish to feed each other's thrists. They do not want to hurt each other, but at the same time they don't know how to help each other. It is like an akward dance, with no one leading with fast creepy music in the background. I get mesmerized by the way these characters interact, but I wonder if they are going anywhere.

Lament of the Lamb is one of those rare titles that I almost wish was not a manga. The pacing and the dialouge heavy style of this title almost seems to slow this title down too much. If it weren't for the mood that Toume is able to create with his art this title would just move too slow for my taste. That said, at this point I still consider this one of my favorite titles from TOKYOPOP. This is such a different style of storytelling. So intimate and so different from any other vampire story I have ever read. TP also gives this a well deserved solid presentation. Nice cover art that really shows off Toume's very unique designs. Solid printing and a decent translation helps present the dark lonesome mood Toume has set throughout this title.


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