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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1-933617-15-2
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Night of the Beasts Vol. #02

By Jarred Pine     February 21, 2007
Release Date: December 30, 2006

Night of the Beasts Vol.#02
© Go! Comi

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Chika Shiomi
Translated by:Kathy Schilling
Adapted by:Jake Forbes

What They Say
Aria's life will never be the same now that she's met Sakura, the kind young man whose body houses a vengeful demon. Our heroine falls deeper into the web of darkness when she learns the details behind how this curse befell poor Sakura and who is now out to kill him. It only gets worse when Aria realizes her enemies are closer than she'd thought!

The Review
Wow. I didn't see that coming.

Coming out of the first volume, I was a little weary of Aria becoming the cliched woman who would be relegated to calming the beast--in this case, Sakura. However, Chika Shiomi totally throws the reader a curve ball at the pinnacle of this volume that took me by surprise. Needless to say, spoiling it for you all will ruin the fun, so I'll keep quiet and just say that those of you who were wishing for Aria to become that strong heroine now have the odds in your favor as the fate of 4,000 people rests in her hands. And the acrobatic movies in boots and a trench-coat is just icing on the cake. Expect lots of background information to be filled in, with twists and turns to further develop the characters and keep the reader engaged.

After two volumes, I'm finding myself quite enjoying Shiomi's brand of shoujo fantasy-horror. The demon resurrection, cursed bloodlines, with dark, violent mood and themes remind me of Yuu Watase's Ceres only with better characters, less goofball humor, and smoother writing.


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