Sunday, July 10, 2016

Manga Review: Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi, Volume 1, by Nanao and HaccaWorks*

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: December 2015
Volumes: 8+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

In the curious town of Utsuwa, where spirits known as ayakashi roam, lives Yue, a sheltered boy born and raised at the local shrine. On the night of the winter festival, Yue descends the mountain for the first time and encounters two boys. Though Yue wants nothing more than to become friends with his new acquaintances, Mikoto, the master of the shrine who rules over Utsuwa, declares that Yue must choose one of the boys as his "Meal"! Faced with this incomprehensible decision, what will Yue do?!


Yue doesn’t get out much, and when he goes out to a festival, he meets a couple guys, and is determined to make them his friends. Yue has good intentions, but the heads of the shrine he lives at decides that one of the boys will be his “meal”.
Honestly, I was hoping this would be better. Mostly, it just didn’t stand out to me.
The characters are okay, and the plot line will surely get more interesting and intense as the story goes on. The artwork is pretty, and I see the comparison to Natsume’s Book of Friends though the feel is pretty different here, but mostly I just wasn’t pulled in.
It felt a little meh to me, and makes me iffy on picking up another volume.

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