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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translation Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 9781569700808
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Wolf God (aka Kamiinu x Blood)

Wolf God Vol. #01

Wolf God Vol. #01 Manga Review

By Julie Opipari     December 03, 2010
Release Date: July 21, 2010

Wolf God Vol. #01
© Digital Manga Publishing

The big city. It stinks. Especially if you're part wolf.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Ai Tenkawa
Translation: Duane Johnson
Adaptation: Duane Johnson

What They Say
A boy with sparkling gorgeous golden eyes, Kyonosuke sniffs Koyuki like a dog... and suddenly asks her the strangest question: "Have you seen my brother?" Who is this boy, and what is he talking about? It turns out that he's not human, he's a wolf - a member of Inugami, the Wolf God tribe, to be specific. Kyonosuke's brother has been missing for days and he's been instructed to find him and bring him back to the leader. But why is Kyonosuke around Koyuki all the time? Can she be holding a key to his missing brother?

The Review!
Technical Review:
I love the Doki Doki books! They are all so nicely put together, with nice sturdy covers and thick, easy to turn pages. I don’t have to worry about tearing these guys! The translations are smooth and easy to follow, with natural sounding dialog. I have enjoyed almost all of them, and Wolf God is no exception. I thought the art worked well with the story, with lots of dramatic, action-filled panels. Best yet, Kyounosuke and the rest of his pack all look distinctive, with their large, oddly colored eyes. Plus, Kyounosuke just kicks ass when he’s pushed against a wall.

Content Review:
I enjoyed this quirky adventure about a young boy who is sent to Tokyo to find his older brother. Kyounosuke isn’t your average teen – he’s descended from a union of a human and a wolf, and he’s next in line to be the alpha of his pack. Only problem? He doesn’t want to be the next pack leader. He will always consider his older brother the rightful leader of the Inugami clan, and he won’t rest until he finds out what’s happened to him. He has a deadline, though. His grandfather, the current alpha, is about to die, and Kyounosuke has to find Kokuyou before his grandfather passes away.
When Kyounosuke arrives in Tokyo, he picks up his brother’s scent on a young girl named Koyuki. Koyuki’s older brother was friends with Kokuyou, but Mitsuru claims that Kokuyou has been dead for years. Kyounosuke can’t accept that, and he vows to keep searching for his brother. Soon, as a clan rivalry puts Koyuki in danger, Kyounosuke must take the blame for putting his new friend in harm’s way, even though it means putting his own life in jeopardy.

I love Kyounosuke, even though he far too noble to be realistic. He’s like the perfect guy! Polite, protective, strong, and self-sacrificing. Yeah, people as regal as he is don’t really exist. In any other setting I probably would have considered him boring, but he fits so well in the context of this story. Koyuki’s impulsiveness counterbalances his much more restrained personality, as do the other characters in the book. Kyounosuke’s rival, driven by jealousy, pushes Kyounosuke to the edge of control. Kanosuke plays dirty, and he doesn’t hesitate to do whatever he has to to defeat Kyounosuke.
In addition to some intense fighting, I enjoyed the suspenseful story. What happened to Kokuyou? Is he really dead? While all signs point to “yes” Kyounosuke refuses to believe it. Pressure from inside the pack may force him to abandon his hunt for his brother, though. Would you really want a pack leader who tried to flee from his duties?

In Summary:
Wolf God is a fun, fun read. The fast pacing ensures that pages will turn at a rapid pace, and the mystery has me wondering what happened to Kokuyou. I liked Kyounosuke and Koyuki, too, more than enough to find out where their next adventure will take them.

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