on 5 June 2008
Kannazuki no Miko is the dramatic love story of two girls pulled together by fate. One is the beautiful and extremely talented Chikane Himemiya(the blue-haired girl on the front) and the other is the adorable and clumsy Himeko Kurusugawa(the orange-haired girl), who are secretly best friends in their school. But it is obviously deeper than that, and on their 16th birthday, everything in their lives changes.
Well...what can I say? Tokyopop have done a great job with this volume; all the colour pages are left intact, the early character designs are still there, NOTHING has been censored...even the translation has been really good. I know this because I previously purchased the manga in Japanese, and have compared the two side-by-side. I also own scanlations, which I used to compare the dialogue and then checked up differing translations by looking at the kanji. Tokyopop's translation was superior in some ways.
There were a few minor things that managed to annoy me somewhat, like the way names have been romanjised. Oogami is now Ogami and Otoha is now Otowa, but this doesn't really change much in the way the story works. They have also changed the cover. The front picture has been edited so that Chikane's hair is blue, when the first volume in Japanese, it was green and Himeko's hair colour has also been dimmed from bright orange to pale. On the back of the cover, they have cropped out a lot of the actual picture, including Souma and the mechas in the background. Not that this is bad, but that they're changes.
But enough about the adaptation into English. This manga was written by the mangaka of the 11 volume series Steel Angel Kurumi, and their artwork has improved since. There are good interactions between the characters, though some people will find that they cannot understand their actions sometimes. The character designs are very nice as well, and pleasing to the eye.
This story has a lot going for it; it has drama, mecha(though Tokyopop has called them robots), romance, yuri, action, suspense, and...well, porn. In both volumes. And together, they're not very expensive. You spend a little and get a lot.
All in all, I highly recommend this manga to yuri/shoujo ai fans.
on 22 December 2010
This is a beautifully drawn manga with a strong story and likable characters.It is yuri but don't be expecting them to be walking around in the buff all the time.It is rated as an 18 and does contain some nudity,fanservice and a little erotic content at the end.
The story is sweet and centers around the friendship (or more) of two girls who turn out to be the solar and lunar priestess's.It contains some mecha and develops into a love triangle later in the story.
The cover art is fantastic and although black and white the illustrations are exceedingly well drawn.If you are new to manga it might be a little full on but I think it is a bit of a hidden gem.can't wait to get vol 2.