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少年の孵化する音 [Shounen no Fukasuru Oto] (The Cain Saga #2)

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Born under an evil moon harboring dark secrets, Earl Cain C. Hargreves, the youthful heir of the aristocratic Hargreves family, is a man on a quest to find the truth about his family's past. Written in dark, harrowing episodes, The CAIN Saga chronicles how Cain solves the strange crimes that seem to plague his cursed existence, yet somehow bring him closer to deciphering t ...more
Comic, 177 pages
Published October 1993 by 花とゆめ
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Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Erneut morbide Kurzgeschichten, aber auch die Vergangenheit von Cain, wodurch wir erfahren warum er ist wie er ist.
I think The Cain Saga, and its sequel Godchild, have the most messed up and tragic characters I've seen so far. It's dark, it's gloomy. Don't expect happy endings in these two mangas, dead bodies keep pilling up. All the characters are so complex.

The Cain Saga art is not as good as Godchild, one can guess the artist art was not mature yet unlike when she made Godchild much later. Still it's a must to read to fully understand what happens in Godchild. There are a lot of good contents to find ther
Mar 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, current
This series of stories introduces the young earl Cain C. Hargreaves, an eccentric loner millionaire who likes to solve mysteries and collect exotic poisons. This is the second volume of the Cain Saga stories, which has 5 volumes and then continues in the Godchild manga series.

Like the first volume, this volume is set up anthology style, with the plotline revealed through a succession of short stories. I think this format doesn't do the main plotline justice, as these are mystery stories and coul
Sadie Bermingham
The first four tales in The Sound of a Boy Hatching are loosely based on the themes of nursery rhymes. The Hanged Man tells of Cain's first meeting with his half sister Mary. The titular Sound of A Boy Hatching is about how Riff came to be Cain's servant, the deaths of Cain's parents and the illicit affair between Cain's father Alexis and his older sister Augusta. In Who Killed Cock Robin? the mystery involves the death of a vicar's daughter named Elsie Robbins. In The Tragic Tale of Ms. Pudding ...more
Yoda Bor
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J’ai remédié à cela avec le deuxième tome de Comte Cain, l’expert en poison que j’ai eu grand plaisir à retrouver. D’autant plus que cette fois il apparait dans toutes les aventures et que son histoire personnelle est très bien développée, grâce entre autre à deux chapitres qui expliquent son passé, ses drames familiaux ainsi que la présence de Riff à ses côtés.
Moi qui aime beaucoup ce personnage, j’ai été ravie de connaître un peu son histoire personnelle.

Si l’ensemble n’a pas de gros fil rouge
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far my favorite volume in the Cain Saga. I really loved most of the stories and the inclusion of Cain's past. The only story I didn't like as much was the last one, "Twisted Fairytale," because Cain's changing clothes with his doppleganger felt like an ass-pull. Otherwise, I love the stories and mysteries in this volume. (I did find an error in timeline, though--in Godchild, there's a plot with Jack the Ripper in it. He's known to have killed between 1888 and 1891, placing the Cain Sa ...more
Robert Beveridge
Jan 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Kaori Yuki, The Cain Saga: The Sound of a Boy Hatching (ViZ, 1993)

We get the second installment of the backfilling of the Godchild saga with The Sound of a Boy Hatching, which introduces us to Mary Weather, Cain's half-sister, and gives us more background on Cain's relationships with his father and Riff. I liked this one a whole lot better than I did Forgotten Juliet, though I can't quite place my finger on why; it may well have to do with me being much farther into Godchild than I was when i re
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yikes. Another decent volume. I love that we get a chance to see more of Riff, who's quickly becoming my favorite side character. (view spoiler)

This volume was, I though, stronger than the first. There's real heartbreak and a lot less giggling at unintentionally funny moments in this one. The Youths who Stopped Time was wonderfully creepy and I
Jan 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: creepy, manga, 2014
Not bad, but I kind of preferred the stories in the first volume more. A few of the stories seemed a little rushed. The endings were good, but I found myself confused sometimes by how the resolution was thrown at me. The panels went by so quickly that I had to go back every now and then to figure out what had happened. That said, I did like getting into Cain’s backstory. In ‘Godchild’, I kept seeing references to Cain’s scars and his unhealthy relationship with his father, so it was really inter ...more
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Aug 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
These stories had more of a consistency than the first volume. I liked them much more. Especially the one about Mary Weather's past and how she met her brother, which was both tragic and really interesting. This volume also shows how clever Cain really is. How he was able to pull the wool over his father's eyes and survive. So this one is more of a 3.50 read because they're more chronological and much more interesting stories.
I liked this volume better than the first since it exposed Cain's background. It would have been better to start the series with this introduction.

The fairy tale themes mixed with the murders that Cain solves are clever and interesting as well as gory. However, the art is still a little irritating. I sometimes think the scenes and dialogue move on a little too fast, but perhaps that has to do with translation.
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That was über-creepy. And very disturbing, especially the way the author used Mother Goose's nursery rhymes. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, the manga namely deals with incest, abuse, rape, suicide and murder, among other things. It's like reading short murder mysteries or Edgar Allan Poe's horror stories - and they give you real heebie-jeebies, let me tell you. And Count Cain's backstory, the way he met Riff, the story of his father, mother and step-mother? Grisly and shocking. Yikes!
Aug 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the author
Shelves: manga, young-adult, series
I read this and din't like it the first time, but I liked it the second time. It introduced me to Earl Cain C. Hargreaves, owner to a fortune and a mysterious past. It's a really well-drawn series, with a good plot, too!
Cain lives in England with his manservant, Riff. They solve mysteries and are good at it! This is continued in the "Godchild" books.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things I have learnt: Terrible things happen around Lord Cain. >.<

This second collection of short stories was much more Lord Cain centric and I think I'm getting a better idea of who he is now I've read some quality backstory.

I love how the author has spun these chilling tales out of nursery rhymes and Grimm stories.
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Finally some improvement! I got to see more of the characters and how they met and such, which brought them closer to my likings. I hope it goes this good further, too.

Those mother rhymes gave me the chills!

Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book one was very Poe like and this one turned more into a Holmes fairytale.
Feb 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mindy by: Shannon
Quick read. An even dark side and very entertaining.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Already much more interesting than Vol. 1 IMO. Riff is my favourite character, so I enjoy all the stories he gets a bigger role in, like the one of how he and Cain met.
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Made all the better by commenting to anyone nearby all the sin in this book.

Delicious, delicious sin.
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Kaori Yuki (see also 由貴 香織里) is a female Japanese manga artist best known for her gothic manga such as Earl Cain, its sequel Godchild, and Angel Sanctuary. Yuki debuted in 1987 with Natsufuku no Erii (夏服のエリー) which ran in the manga anthology Bessatsu Hana to Yume published by Hakusensha.

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Other Books in the Series

The Cain Saga (5 books)
  • The Cain Saga, Volume 01
  • The Cain Saga, Volume 03
  • The Cain Saga, Volume 04, Part 1
  • The Cain Saga, Volume 04, Part 2