Cain Saga Volume 1 Paperback – 5 Mar 2015
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On whole you can tell that this is a beginning work. The stories are short but still built up nicely. Later vols in the Cain Saga series begin to display Karoi's writing talent better - by the second vol. This is a fact that she even acknowledges herself in the postscript. But I think is rather hard on herself. This vol shows how she was feeling out the world that Cain is from and dabbling in other areas as well. Plus if you are a Karoi Yuki fan you should have this vol just cause.
Lastly, the art is not at all similar to Godchild which is more gothic. The art in this work reflects its original publishing date in the mid 1980s. The characters have more wavey hair and Cain looks older than in Godchild. I think that this is the problem. As a stand alone work the art is still beautiful. But when compared to Godchild, I prefer the art style presented in Godchild since it is more modern and clean.
Overall, give Cain Saga a chance. While it supplies information for the Godchild series it should not be compared to the series. The writing is still engaging true to Karoi's nature and the art is equally as beautiful.
Cain Saga's first volume is a lot more difficult to get into. I've read a few other Yuki works such as Cruel Fairytales and Boys next Door in German, but the artwork seems very crowded in the first volume. The layout is very disjointed making it harder to follow the already complex storylines, most of which actually have very little to do with Cain at all. This book serves more as a prequel or a stand-alone version of short stories than as the first volume of the series, which really starts in volume two.
Please don't be put off by the first volume, Cain Saga is a very good series. It swaps AS's fantasy elements for murder mystery realism, although it can push the boundaries of plausability a little. Yuki's fast-paced stotytelling makes for a really good read, although occasionally I do have problems telling the characters apart. I haven't got round to reading Godchild yet, but it's on my list.
But don't just read these reviews; go to the bookstore and check it out, then come back and take advantage of the buy 4 for 3 deal at Amazon. = )
Yuki, whose Godchild raised the bar in Gothc manga, here starts a five-volume miniseries on the genesis of Cain and co. I decided to read this batch before diving into Godchild, and after reading this one, I'm not terribly sure that was a great idea; I'm guessing established fans of the series probably caught a lot of stuff I didn't get. After all, they already know the characters.
That said, Yuki has (and professes) a love for British and American cinema, and it comes through quite nicely. For one thing, she's probably the best manga artist at coming up with English names I've ever come across. No Raye Penbers or Winry Rockbells here, folks! Her characters are also (usually) distinct from one another, enough so at least to distinguish them. (Unless, that is, they're supposed to look alike; there's a lot of mistaken-identity plots and the like running through these pages.)
An interesting beginning, though I wish I'd had more background. I may switch over to Godchild before continuing on here. ***
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