Monday, 20 November 2017

Manga Review: Blue Seal by Chie Shinohara

Title: Blue Seal
Original Title: Ao no Fuuin
Author: Chie Shinohara
Artist: Chie Shinohara

Year of Release: 1992
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mature, Mystery, Romance, Shoujo, Supernatural

Status: Completed
Chapters (Translated in English): 53

Volumes & Chapters:

11 Volumes in Total


Soko starts feeling sick soon after moving to a new city, apparently for no reason. As beautiful as she is, a lot of guys start to bother her, especially Kashi. While trying to rape her, Kashi disappears and after a few days another guy shows up pretending to be Kashi. And everyone but Soko believes him!

He tells her he is Akira the Byakko, from the family of the West. Because she is the reincarnation of Souryo, the queen of the Oni from the family of the East, a monster that eats humans to stay alive, he must destroy her and erase her genes from Earth. He is the only one who can kill her and the one that must do so. Soko is desperate. Is she really a monster? Why does she have human memories? Why does she have to die? Will she be able to change her destiny and stay alive?

My Thoughts

Review covers 53 chapters 

From the creator of Red River, I'm bringing you another awesome story. To say the truth, after I've read Red River, I was searching for another completed work by Chie Shinohara, and I came up with Flowers that Live in Water, but somehow it didn;t go as I wanted it too, even now (at the time of writing this review) I still haven't finished it, and I've started it at least several months ago. Anyway, I was on my pilgrimage to write the reviews, and ending up just finishing new overlooked manga to read. Thus, I have no idea how, but I clicked on the link and started the journey I act. I actually read the summary, which lately I've not been doing, simply to heighten the intrigue.

Anyway, sometimes into the first volume, I exclaimed: "Cail, is that you? Why are you cheating on Yuri!!!" And apparently I wasn't the only one who had the same idea, judging from the comments, but we all came to a satisfying conclusion... Oh, if you have no idea who Cal is, he;s the main character in Red River, Okay, back to today's story! It's much shorter than Red River, and that's one of the reasons it might appeal to you/ Another one is a unique plot twist. Well, with today's vampire x vampire hunters romance it might not be unique, but for the time was written in, that was quite new. Plus, we don't have vampires as vampires, rather we have Oni aka Japanese demons. Thus get ready to jump into Japan's mythology of demons and whatnot. Not you well know one with nine-tail, fox-demons and God, but a bit older one with flesh eating ones. Wait, those also eat flesh...

I just confused myself to a no end... I loved the story. I actually read it after Mysterious Play and it gave me so much more satisfaction. Well, I would have liked a bit different ending, I would have liked to see more, but it's still a satisfying ending! What I really enjoyed was Souko's perception of good and evil and the way she wanted to protect everyone! ! It maybe naive, but at the same time, I understood her. She was torn between her destiny and the person she loved. Though I'm still amazed how she fell in love with Akira, thought he was acting as a sane person, at least trying to listen to her, while his uncle, oh his uncle, the character I want to hurt the most, his everything for the case excuse was riving me nuts!

If you haven't read any works by Chie Shinohara, but think Red River is too long, I would advise you to start with this one. But then again Red RIver will stay number 1 work of this author for me! Enjoy it to your heart's content and don't forget to share your thoughts below! Stay tuned for mroe reviews as well as promos! Don't miss your next favourite book or mnaga! Happy reading!




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