My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What an action packed volume. Ebisu's fate is a twisted one. Bishamonten riding to Yato's rescue doesn't go as planned but the end of this arc is pretty amazing. Without spoiling anything, it's truly a not-miss because we learn so much about Yato's past and where his future might lie. He's finally honest about his own violent nature which is at odds with his desire to help people. About the only missed notes in this is Yukine and Hiyori's attempt at lightening the mood which is rather mean spirited. I don't think it's meant to be but that sort of humor seems cruel to me. I'm looking forward to what comes next.
The art remains gorgeous and the storyline is exciting.
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SACRED, volume 1 by Lizabeth Jimenez
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I found this one (signed) at Half Price book store and the cover was intriguing so I picked it up. The storyline was a bit uneven as is the art but not bad (If you like your men on the feminine side, this art will satisfy you.)
Cecero is a 16 year old wizard (who looks like he's 12) and is something of a darling at his wizarding school. The girls all love and mob him. His mother is one of the most powerful sorceresses around and yes he is a bit of a Larry Stu in that respect. He rooms in the school dorm with his best friend, Sheko who is possessed by a demon and is obsessed with porn (just what you want in a room mate). Honestly Sheko doesn't seem all that bright and a simple over sight on his end leads to completely unsuspected consequences for Cecero including one heck of a battle.
In many ways the story is a bit slow as it tries to introduce this universe to the reader or that could just be me. I'm not a huge fan of drawn out fight scenes and the whole middle third of this is nothing but a fight scene. Probably the strongest part of this is the final third as it deals with the aftermath of the battle and the changes in Cecero.
It's not bad. I'd be curious to see what happens in the next volume.
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