Monday, May 1, 2017

Manga Review: A Centaur's Life, Volume 1, by Kei Murayama

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Seven Seas
Release Date: 2013
Volumes: 14+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

An adorable supernatural slice of life manga about a regular centaur girl and her daily school life.

Himeno is a sweet, shy little centaur girl. In her world, everyone seems to be a supernatural creature, and all her classmates have some kind of horns, wings, tails, halos, or other visible supernatural body part. Despite their supernatural elements, Himeno and her best friends, Nozomi and Kyoko, have a fun and mostly normal daily school life!


This is an odd volume. I didn’t quite expect this.
It’s very much a slice-of-life series, given that we’re following high school students, at school and going through drama and crushes and insecurities. Everyone is some kind of creature, with ears and horns and wings and part-animal bodies. None of it is thought of as odd, though there are still prejudices from species to species.
Mostly, I found how open the discussions and topics were. Sex is discussed. The three girl best friends show each other their privates, there’s hints of lesbianism.
I liked how open the topics were, and realistic at times. I enjoyed that, and it surprised me. But otherwise, the characters didn’t really stand out for me. It was an okay volume.

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