Sunday, January 26, 2014

Manga Review: Jiu Jiu, Volume 5, by Touya Tobina

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: July, 2013
Volumes: 5
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A dark, sexy drama of a demon hunter and her werewolf familiars

Born into a family of “Hunters,” Takamichi’s destiny is to pursue and slay demons. When her twin brother is killed, she is saved from despair by a pair of Jiu Jiu—shape-shifting familiars—in the form of two wolf pups named Snow and Night. Now Takamichi is in high school and an active Hunter. Snow and Night can't wait to attend school in their human form to “protect” her. But are they ready to go off leash...?

Final Volume!

Takamichi’s Jiu Jiu Obedience Training Goals

1. Protect your mistress at all costs—and in any form.

2. Examine your puppy love deeply.

3. Whatever you do...don’t go feral!

Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for teen plus audiences.

What Will I Miss?:

  • The art. It's rather pretty.
  • The story--where it went and how it went there.
  • The characters--I love them, especially Snow and Night. And I'm going to miss them a lot. I will probably re-read this just for them.

Re-readable?: Average to high, probably. Yes.


I’m honestly a little confused about the ending. Probably mostly because I don’t really believe that what happened did, or because I really want it to, but don’t think that it actually did. What actually happened?
There was the whole horrid mess with Yuki, then a horrible thing happened with Snow and Night, and it seems like some of that was fixed by the end, but was it actually? It seems like Takamichi is happy at the end, either way, though, so I’m glad about that. The other characters are all in better spots. I still wish I’d gotten to know Takamichi’s father better. I feel like there was so much more still to explore.
I don’t know, I’m iffy about how I feel about this. 
Either way, I really hope that VIZ picks up another of Tobina’s series, because I know there are several, and I want more of hers.

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