Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Kyo Kara MAOH! vol. 3 by Tomo Takabayashi and Temari Matsumoto review

Kyo Kara MAOH! vol. 3

Author/Artist: Tomo Takabayashi/Temari Matsumoto

Publisher: TOKYOPOP

Rating: T – ages 13 and up

Genre: Shojo, Shonen Ai, Comedy, Drama, Action, Fantasy

Grade: A+

Yuri, Conrad, and Wolfram are continuing with their journey to Van de Veer Island to fetch the demon sword Morgif. But because of a pirate raid (in girls' sailor suits to boot) plans change. The pirates ticked Yuri off to the point of awakening Maoh Yuri, which in turn got Yuri, Conrad, and Wolfram arrested. By this point a new face has joined our three demons, Josak Gurrier. Josak is half human/half demon like Conrad and Josak and Conrad have been friends since childhood. Josak doesn't seem to be as taken with Yuri like the rest of the kingdom has and doesn't hide his hostility.

Yuri doesn't know how to deal with Josak. Plus once Morgif is located we discover that this sword is a living object an actually bites Yuri in the process. Can Yuri win Josak over and recover Morgif all at the same time?

This volume mostly deals with the journey to recover Morgif and it's a pretty skinny volume. Beyond that it's still as enjoyable as ever. The issues that I pointed out that plagued the second volume have been worked out and things read easier this time around (if intereste here is also a link to my review for the first volume). I don't recall catching any grammar and spelling boofs. TOKYOPOP had raised the price on their manga not too long ago so you will be paying a dollar more for titles. As long as the quality continues to be ok then I won't complain.

Usually I go on about the book qualities toward the end of the review and my opinions of the story and characters before, but hey we all need a little change now and then. Josak makes for a fun, new character. He enjoys cross-dressing and uses the excuse of work to dress like a woman. What makes it unique is Josak is a big, burly, buff dude so it's amazing that he can pass himself off as a woman. Wolfram continues to show his spoiled side yet he truly cares for Yuri and flies into jealous rages on a regular basis because he thinks that Yuri is a player. Yuri continues on the path of reluctant ruler with Conrad faithfully at his side. Conrad is still much of a mystery and Yuri is catching bits and pieces of his past that makes him more curious about this handsome man who is always by his side.

Everything is great about this series. There's humor, drama, action, and even a little fan service for us BL fans. The story is engaging and exciting and there is never a dull moment to be had. Not only is it a great story but Temari Matsumoto-sensei's art is truly gorgeous and works well with the story Takabayashi-sensei wrote. In the Afterword she even pays homage to the anime by drawing a longhaired Yuri (in the anime when Yuri switches to Maoh mode his hair gets longer). This is a title that I highly recommend! Trust me you won't want to miss it!

***Review Copy purchased through Amazon.com***

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