Thursday, April 13, 2017

Manga Review: That Wolf-Boy is Mine!, Volume 2, by Yoko Nogiri

Rating (Out of 5): ~3-3.5
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: November 2016
Volumes: 4.
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Komugi's not sure what to expect when her family moves to the remote northern island of Hokkaido, and she starts at a new high school. But she certainly didn't expect a boy to come up to her and say, "Gee... you smell good, somehow!" That boy is Yu Ogami, and Komugi finds herself strangely drawn to him. But when she sees him in an unguarded moment, she discovers he's a werewolf! Now she has a choice to make: to keep his secret, or to ask for help and risk angering a wolf-boy?


In this volume, mostly we see Komugi struggling with her feelings. She's trying to act normal, because that's what Yu wants. It's hard, though, to pretend she doesn't feel this way.
We meet a new character, the father figure in the animal family. Komugi also starts wondering about her family, and if there's something in her that makes her different.
Despite how Rin acts like a jerk to Komugi, we're seeing that his actions are opposite, because he's always around her. He shows up way too often, and even has Yu becoming suspicious and jealous. A clear triangle is forming there.
The author is trying to add some light psychological elements here, like how Komugi is wanting to help Yu, because of Yu's history with humans but his want to be near them. Then the possible deeper sense of Komugi being biologically special from other humans. But mostly, it just seems too underdeveloped at this point. The romance is going too quickly, as well, and doesn't feel like it's taking enough time to really form complexities.
I'm enjoying this series so far, but it's a little underwhelming, and there just doesn't seem to be enough there yet.

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