“But I Wanna Pet It!” – Beast Master (Manga) – 4/10 Sugar Cubes

I don’t like small birds. They hop around so merrily outside my window, looking so innocent. But I know that secretly, they’re watching my every move and plotting to beat me over the head with a large steel pipe and take my shoe. ~Jack Handy

Genre: Shoujo/ Romance

Review Status
: Full (2 Volumes/ 2 Volumes)

Licensed: Licensed in the US

Art: Since this manga was made for a younger age set, it’s a tad cartoonish. But it’s clean and easy to look at.

Summary: Yuiko Kubozuka is a high school girl who loves animals. Unfortunately, animals hate her and flee from her whenever possible. So when a new classmate, Reo Aoi, turns out to be a scary guy who resembles a wild animal than anything human, she is intrigued. Not only because Reo has an affinity with animals which she envies, but also because he isn’t the wild animal that he seems to be. He seems to hide a very sweet disposition behind his scary features. Or so she thought. The truth is revealed when they are attacked and Reo immediately behaves like a wild animal and gets violent like a blood-thirsty animal, just to save Yuiko.

Review: This started out pretty well. Girl that can’t get animals to like her? Sure. Boy who’d essentially been raised in the wilds? Fine (even though even in the deepest reaches of Africa they still have cola, and the only desert islands that are around now are the ones that are so barren they can’t support life). I could deal with all that- I mean, stories are built on improbabilities.

So why such a low rating? Because I totally lost respect for it around chapter 3. Out of a 6-chapter manga, I lost respect at chapter 3. Because the heroine, a fully mentally-developed high school girl (or at least so the mangaka claimed) decided that it would be a good idea to feel a dog that had obviously gone feral and had shown vicious behavior towards her earlier. *headdesk*
Seriously?! Five-year-olds know not to approach dogs like that! She deserved to be ripped to pieces!

Of course, it’s used as an opportunity to show how beast-boy can save her, how wild he is, etc, etc. But I still think that’s one of the outright STUPIDEST ways to get that to happen.

Bad mangaka! Bad!

It doesn’t help that something out-and-out ridiculous happens in the two chapters after. I couldn’t regain the vague respect I’d had for it before.

Overall, you should drop this like a hot rock and read something- anything- else.

Recommended: Anything else. Or give it to your ten-year-old-sister.

Others you might like instead: Time Stranger Kyoko (manga),
Ouran High School Host Club (manga and anime),
Card Captor Sakura (the anime)
Full Metal Panic! (anime)
Alice in the Country of Hearts (manga)


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Kieth Hatten
    Jan 03, 2012 @ 07:41:24

    I don’t commonly comment but I gotta tell regards for the post on this perfect one :D.


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