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Book Review: FANGS Volume 1

Turned into a vampire during a violent attack, nineteen-year-old En is suddenly thrust into a world totally different from where he came. Guiding him along his journey is the mysterious Ishii. En can’t help the attraction he feels toward his mentor, and at a vampire meet-and-greet, he expresses his intentions to pair with Ishii.

This is a sensual yaoi manga that features very pretty characters with slightly blurred sex on the page. I love me my vampires and so I was intrigued by the premise of this manga.

And it was okay.

I found the book enjoyable, but the writing was more stilted and herky-jerky than I like. It felt more like a direct translation rather than a cleaned up interpretation of the text. It made it hard for me to follow the very paper-thin plot. In a way, this book felt more like a set up for the universe and the characters with several sex scenes mixed in rather than a cohesive story. It’s okay, but I don’t feel like I need to read the next volume to find out more.

It was Just Okay…

Additionally, I found the art style pretty but lacking in distinct character design. There are several characters who I could not tell apart when they were on the same page or in the same panel. And I found that distracting. I need to be able to tell at a glance who is whom, and I couldn’t. Sugi and Ishii had too similar of design for instance. As did En, Utsugi, and Umesaki (and one of those is a woman so…)

This is a manga that would be great for people who love steamy Yaoi and paranormal mystery. As for me, I liked it but didn’t love it. So I’m going to give this…

Three Stars.

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I received an ARC of this Manga via NetGalley

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