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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translation Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 18 and Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1569701010
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Steal Moon

Steal Moon Vol. #02

Formula strikes!

By Danielle Van Gorder     September 23, 2009
Release Date: September 01, 2009

Steal Moon Vol. #02
© Digital Manga Publishing

The eye of Isis is watching, and there are only a few days left before the deadline!

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Makoto Tateno
Translation: Sachiko Sato
Adaptation: Sachiko Sato

What They Say
Nozomi and Coyote had a bitter hatred for each other. But when Coyote risks his life to save Nozomi, Coyote's true feelings are made clear, and now Nozomi decides to forgive everything from their past and takes steps to love Coyote. That's when the surveillance system, ISIS, starts going berserk and tries to prevent the two of them from acting on their feelings!

The Review!
Still stung by Coyote's betrayal and yet unwilling to really believe that everything was a lie, Nozomi is stuck, unable to move forward.  When Lahti comes forward with more information that seems to explain some of Coyote's actions and a plan to draw him out of hiding, Nozomi goes along with it despite the risks to himself.  But no matter how seemingly obvious, nothing here is as it seems, and the layers of trust and betrayal just go deeper and deeper.

Even when the lovers are reunited they're soon torn apart by fate, a separation that's soon to become permanent if Nozomi can't find a way to save Coyote.  And, as unlikely as it sounds, the solution to their problem may just be found in the pages of a mythology book.  Folklore Studies students of the world rejoice! 

In Summary:
Something about the first volume of this series really resonated with me, but it didn't really carry over into the second volume.  It was still good, but felt more formulaic, especially with as many revelations as they had to cram into the story to tie things up in a neat bow at the end.  But some of the scenes between Coyote and Nozomi especially ended up working really, really well.  Others were a tad too melodramatic and over the top, but that seems to be par for the course for sci-fi BL stories.  The political elements were especially nice, but too vague and lacking in meaty detail - another volume to really flesh out the story would have been fantastic.  The lack of a dust jacket was disappointing, but not particularly surprising.  All in all, not a bad read.


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