Tale of the Waning Moon, Vol. 2

Hyouta Fujiyama. Orbit/Yen, $12.99 trade paper (176p) ISBN 978-0-316-17801-3
Ryuka, in search of love, is trying to reach the Moon Spirit Ixto, and a series of chores have to be done before he can get there. Helping him, Ryuka has such things as a cat boy and someone who can transform back and forth between a human and a horse. This is a yaoi series, centering on erotic relationships between men, with a character named Widow the main exemplar, though his relationships are gratuitous and not based on love or affection. There are quite a few details and characters, causing some confusion—those who did not read the first volume will have a hard go of it. Artwork for yaoi is often, though not always, drawn with finesse and beauty, so by comparison the art in this manga is quite basic. This is a light read and high fantasy mixed with some homoeroticism, and while parts can be confusing, the detail on folklore and spirits is fascinating. (June)
Reviewed on: 07/04/2011
Release date: 06/01/2011
Genre: Comics
Paperback - 154 pages - 978-0-7595-3073-7
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