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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press (14 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316119415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316119412
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alan W on 19 Jun 2011
Format: Paperback
Without spoiling anything, the story revolves around Yuki, a boy raised in an orphanage. Strange things begin happening around him, bizarre accidents, which culminate in him being saved by a mysterious man named Luka. Shortly after, he is adopted into the Giou family by a man claiming to be his older brother. As it turns out, the man is not his brother but part of a group called the Zweilt Guardians who are the reincarnations of past spirits, and Yuki is one of them.

The main problem with this story is the main character. If you're familiar with the term Mary-Sue, then you'll probably agree that this term applies to Yuki. He's flawlessly good, endlessly kind and everyone loves him. Even characters who initially don't love him will within a chapter or two. This is explained in the story as being due to whatever relationships their original incarnations had, but honestly, that explanation seems to fall a little short. Many people I've spoken to have been put off by the main character, deeming him far too goody-goody, and I'd have to agree. He's unrealistic to the extreme.

However, despite this shortcoming, there are plenty of reasons to still read the series. Number one is definitely the other characters. Yuki aside, the other Zweilt Guardians are fascinating characters, with complex relationships with one another. Hotsuma and Shuusei are reason enough to read the series, in my opinion, their story both heartbreaking and heartwarming. Another reason is simply the artwork. It's beautiful and detailed, and symbolism is used a lot in the art, making it all the more interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Syddall on 18 Oct 2012
Format: Paperback
There's two main features of this series which drew me in. The first being the art; Hotaru Odagiri's style, at least for this series, is very like that of Matsuri Hino and Kaori Yuki, two of my favourite manga creators. It seems quite certain that Odagiri has drawn inspiration from the series' 'Vampire Knight' and 'Angel Sanctuary'. I myself own both of the 'Angel Sanctuary' Art Books and all of the illustrations for 'The Betrayal Knows my name' look like they were drawn with these art books propped up in front of the artist. They use similar poses, themes and colours; chains, bondage in red ribbons and white bandages, Gothic jewelery, open militaristic shirts and etc.

The influences from 'Vampire Knight' might even be stronger in some images. Odagiri's illustrations, constantly, place the characters in variations of black-and-white uniforms that often look startlingly close to that of Cross Academy. The white uniforms have similar black stitching and there are even silver rose-shaped buttons and motifs in some pictures.

This may sound like an odd point to begin critiquing the series on but the aesthetics are too striking not to mention at length. There was one illustration in particular which was so reminiscent of 'Vampire Knight' that I wondered whether it wandered into the realms of outright copying. I couldn't find an image that was exactly the same though, when I checked through 'Vampire Knight.'

I personally don't mind the cannibalistic nature of manga and anime too much, provided it does not fall into the category of undeniable plagiarism, and it was the artistic similarities which drew me to the series. I was curious about what kind of story this author had created, given her obvious artistic influences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 May 2014
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When people put ‘I was sucked in’ in reviews, I never truly believed them till now. But just like the anime (which follows the manga closely) I am totally won over.

YAOI? (cos it’s a question I like answered) Weeell, I’m not sure there will be anything graphic, it’s kinda implied. A lot. But we are dealing with a few teens and beings that are a few centuries old, reincarnations not withstanding. But we can hope!

The art work is very pretty, the story line thus far just keeps me salivating for more cos I reeealy need to know what’s going on!!
The story is also quite dark in places, dealing a lot with parental abandonment in one form or another.
Also for those of us who don’t like ‘high school manga plots’ (Me included) this isn’t a problem here, school is practically an afterthought and isn’t getting in the way of plot.
There isn’t a chara I don’t like, not a one. Which is strange cos there is usually always one you want the author to kill off, but I’m on the 3rd volume and haven’t fond a one yet. But with 3 more to go, who knows. But I’m enjoying getting there.

AND, if you weren’t already convinced to buy… Ok, these books are NOT cheep, about the price of some hard yaoi, which we arnt getting… BUT… these are double volumes, slightly larger than a normal manga book, and double as thick, they are also printed on good thick paper. (Seriously when I got mine I was a happy puddle of otaku goo… and they smell really nice too! ^_~)

So go check out the first very pretty volume… but be prepared to buy the rest… I’m currently waiting for the last few volumes!

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