HOLY CRAP VIZ LICENSED CAT-EYED BOY. It seems like it’s not just any Cat-Eyed Boy, though. It looks like it’s two huge volumes (at least a high page count, and also a high price, so I suspect a big trim size too), which suggests it may bear a resemblance to the Umezz Perfection edition. I hope so. Thank you, Right Stuff Viz sale!
Not that Cat-Eyed Boy has anything to do with Innocent Bird. My interest in this series was not piqued with this final volume, unfortunately. There’s a battle between an angel and a demon who turn out to be lovers from a long time ago, and of course they’ve loved each other ever since. Yawn. Heaven has to come down hard on the two main characters, because despite his promotion last volume, the angel is still in violation of some rule of heaven or other. Ho-hum. Turns out God isn’t even in charge of heaven, and the angels that run things are trying to reboot God and make heaven in their own image. This isn’t nearly as dramatic as it could have been, unfortunately.
The angel and former devil finally declare their undying love for one another, and there is a sex scene. It’s one of those vague, whited out yaoi sex scenes you can expect from the more non-explicit titles, so it doesn’t even really have that going for it.
What was the only thing this volume had going for it? It wound up slashing Judas and Jesus. That’s right: Jesus is gay in this manga series. Once again, the mind boggles.
How do I feel about this. Well, the second volume was at least better than the first. We still don’t get much payoff smut-wise, or even a real substantial explanation of how the angel/demon stuff works in this series, but there’s nothing too confusing about it. Plus, we get a lot of sullen, angry jealousy from one of the main characters, so that’s kind of cool.
We also get a really cool scene where one of the two gets their powers back in a defiant act. That was pretty cool. Other than that, it’s kind of maddening, really. I mean, the two do kind of get together, and they kind of declare their love for each other, but it’s forbidden, so you don’t know if they’re… really together or not. Plus there’s a bunch of characters who are set on driving them apart, in addition to one being an angel and the other a devil. I WANT them together, but there’s all this other stuff going on. It’s okay, but again, it’s not really what I’m looking for in a BL series, and I think it’s kind of boring.
I wanted this one to be good. The premise sounded okay, kind of like Wish (which I didn’t actually like that much, but I think I often forget this). It was kind of boring, though.
The premise IS good. A priest is going to get deported due to his expired visa, or something like that. The agent that shows up to tell him this witnesses a devil trying to drag him back down to hell, because apparently the priest is a demon who would like to turn to God, and insists that God will forgive him. Coincidentally (or not, maybe this was an agency for heaven/hell immigration) the agent is an angel, so he fights off the demon. Awkward moments ensue for the rest of these chapters, which are mostly one-shots about the priest having to go back to hell and the agent going rogue from the agency because, apparently, he’s not a very good angel.
Other than the aforementioned awkward moments, there is nothing that qualifies this series for the Blu label, unless something incredibly hardcore happens next volume to make up for the boring romance in this volume.
The one exciting thing that happened is that the priest WAS dragged back to hell at the end of the volume, and the angel went to save him. The angel, at this point, has his powers sealed as a disciplinary action, and he’s gotta rumble in hell to get this priest back. I’m not really quite clear on what happens… either the angel falls or the demon earns God’s wrath, I really didn’t get that, and I guess I’ll find out next time. The fight was cool though, and apparently there will be more later.
Boring mostly, though. Three boring BL series in a row, plus one good one. What will get me out of this funk?