October 2, 2010
YoungBin Kim / Hyun You – Yen Press – 2010 – 6+ volumes
Hm. The second volume was more or less the same as the first. Lots of great ideas, and some pretty fantastic and dynamic art, but there’s just something lacking about the story. I don’t know. Maybe I’m expecting a little too much from it, because I think back, and I realize this volume was all about one of Laon’s tails possessing a woman who goes on a killing spree, tries to turn her former human daughter into a vessel for a nine-tailed fox demon, and is eventually nearly killed by the ghost of the woman she inhabits. How is that not cool? It plays out over the course of a serial murder spree involving members of the reporter community, with each death predicted in a premature obituary.
Putting it like that, there is nothing wrong with it. The book is pretty good. But somehow, I was… a little bored by all the stylish action. It moves around pretty quickly, with the only explanation that somehow, evil magic is afoot. I have little idea what’s going on in Laon’s world, which is frustrating. I don’t know the limits or powers or anything of the magical creatures afoot here.
But my thought that it is lacking a little something to support all its good ideas may just be because I read it on a bad day, or in the wrong frame of mind or something. It’s a decent series so far, and I am looking forward to what happens when Laon gets her tails back. Does she get slowly older? Do her powers increase? When will she get her “ears” back? does getting even a little power back help her find her tails? It does leave a lot of fun and interesting possibilities open, and I will definitely continue reading.