A Centaur’s Life vol. 1

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Nov 2013 |Seven Seas Entertainment

Story & Art: Kei Murayama

If you take the world as it is now, but instead of humans, inhabit it with various supernatural creatures, you’ve got the setting of this very strange modern-fantasy slice-of-life school manga.

Himeno is a centaur and the centre of the story which follows her life’s adventures with her school friends.

I don’t even know where to begin. The content of the first chapter had me fearing things were gonna go the graphical ecchi route and I’m so glad it didn’t. When you have a centaur afraid to date because she’s worried what her… bits… might look like, it should be understandable. If not, it should be when her friends offer to show her theirs. I was SO WTF, I nearly couldn’t continue. If I had gotten this for myself, I would have stopped right there, but it was a get well gift, so guilt started setting in with my contemplations of quitting. Fortunately, subject matter improved with the rest of the volume.

I must say, though, there doesn’t seem to be any continuous plot going on. Chapter-to-chapter feels very all-over-the-place and I didn’t like any of them. The chapter about the school play with the almost shoujo-ai content nearly changed things, but it probably won’t go that way, so I won’t be sticking with it. Again, this type of stuff isn’t my thing. I hope she doesn’t get me any more of this…

My Boyfriend is a Vampire Vol. 1

CoverSep 2013 | Seven Seas Entertainment

Everything: Yu-Rang Han

Gene (Yo Da-In in the original manwha) is a pretty boy, so pretty he constantly gets mistaken for a girl. He also happens to be the leader of his high school’s gang. His life turns upside down when he’s bitten by a vampire and transformed into…. a girl.

I sat for several long minutes staring at a blinking cursor on my tablet, processing what I had read and trying to discern the emotions I felt. The best answer I have is a strange numbness and skock–a disbelief of me having read the entire first volume in one sitting. I typically can’t do that for attention span reasons, despite the good quality.

This is a weird, merely because I don’t even know where I stand with it. It’s school gang drama with vampires thrown into the mix and I would say it was yaoi until our main character turned into a female vampire, or ghoul-thing. These gender switching stories can be interesting and good or really terrible. I’ve only read one other I liked called Click.

The art is okay. It’s pretty clean which I like in my manwha. I don’t like messy stuff as I have a hard time following things sometimes. However, the guy still looks like a guy to me. He’s not really drawn overly girlish or even tomboyish, so everyone mistaking him for a girl confused me a bit. I knew the two characters on the cover were boys. I got over it easily enough and it’s not too big a deal.

I still don’t know how I feel. I can’t even think of any notable moments to share. Heck, I can’t even tell if I liked it. I felt pretty bored when I sat down to start it, and I feel mostly confused right now as I try to pull any reactions of worth from me. The best I can devise is a lack of having even made an impression at all besides being weird. I shall have to think hard before I decide to get the second volume when it becomes available.

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