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Beast Master, Vol. 1 by Kyousuke Motomi
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Feb 12, 10

bookshelves: 2010, age-ya, manga
Read from February 10 to 12, 2010

I had to get this book after reading about it in a review. It had echoes of Loveless, Volume 1 what with a character named Yuiko and the whole chain imagery. The other main character, Leo, looked a lot like L from Death Note, Volume 1: Boredom.

Yuiko is a ditzy girl who loves animals and is undeterred by the fact that animals don't seem to like her very much. One day, as she's rescuing / getting mauled by a cat who runs up a tree to escape her, she meets Leo, a wild boy covered in blood, who is up in the tree and who calms the cat. The next day at school, she meets a new student - Leo - who everyone thinks is weird and scary. Some thugs are out to beat Leo up, and Leo goes wild at the sight of blood, but Yuiko calms him down. Leo takes a liking to Yuiko, who is the only student who has shown him kindness. The other students begin to call her "Beast Master."

Although this series is rated T+, there wasn't too much to worry about here. It's a cute romance, and the chain imagery on the cover doesn't come into play in the story. There is a bit of violence but nothing really sexually suggestive at all. Leo might act like a wild animal, but when Yuiko comforts him, he falls asleep on her. There are a lot of fun asides.

The short story at the end of this volume is unrelated to Beast Master and the artist included it because she thought it was so terrible that it might be amusing the reader. I would suggest skipping it.
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