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A Centaur's Life, Vol. 1

(A Centaur's Life #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  316 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Himeno is a sweet, shy little centaur girl. In her world, everyone seems to be a supernatural creature, and all her classmates have some kind of horns, wings, tails, halos, or other visible supernatural body part. Despite their supernatural elements, Himeno and her best friends, Nozomi and Kyoko, have a fun and mostly normal daily school life!
Kindle Edition, 175 pages
Published November 6th 2013 by Seven Seas (first published November 30th 2011)
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May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was refreshing. And not just because it's "different" with magical creatures.

What's so great about this is how normal it is, even with centaurs and angels and such running around. It's a slice of life that has its hooves firmly planted in the real world, even with all the goat people. No crazy student council plots, no obnoxious boob-to-the-face fan service. Just a nice little trot through Himeno and friends' world and their lives. I'll admit it's much, much slower than most slice of life m
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
[I keep seeing ads for the anime, so I decided to repost my old reviews for the first three volumes of the manga to Goodreads. TLDR version for all three volumes: This is a series that tries to be charming and instead comes across as a little icky. Its world-building is obsessively detailed in sometimes strange ways (which I found morbidly fascinating), and there's lots of evidence that Murayama didn't really think everything through. Also, its lesbian rep is weird and awkward.]

Himeno (nicknamed
I've been reading a lot of monster-girl light novels and manga as of late, and after watching the anime for this slice of life manga, I decided to pick it up.

This series does a lot of things that I found to be very unique. From the centaur being concerned that her private parts are not attractive and look like a cow's, to how they deal with romance, to why centaurs have to remain thin, there is a lot of stuff tackled in this manga. Add to it the fact that anything that easily could have been sex
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Centaur's Life, by Murayama Kei, would seem to be some fantasy adventure if one just saw the cover. Strange mythological animal creatures usually mean sword and sorcery, right?

Well, not always, apparently. This manga is actually a slice-of-life series about a teenage girl centaur in a world of mythological creatures. As I heard one description online on tvtropes put it, it's a world where evolution went differently. Now, I have heard that there are some fantasy plots occasionally in the later
Wow, this was a really weird (but still fun) manga. I am not entirely sure if I will read the rest of this manga, for now I will say no.

Especially the first chapter (Chapter 0) was just awkward and I almost dropped the manga because of things happening there. Hime gets a confession, and is worried about things like romance. About what would happen if she would have sex. She feels insecure about the parts down below. And from there it starts to go just wtf weird. Her friends decide to help her ou
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mike by: Selena
Clever and well done approach to the material, although a bit too slow to really hold my interest. Worth checking out for yourself though.

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Tiffany Vaughn
Very interesting read. The story was meh a bit. No overarching plot really. I guess it's good if you need a break from reading heavy things. I would like to see where they go with the lore but not really in a hurry to pick up the next volume. ...more
Feb 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, graphic-novel
Cute and very different from what I have read before. I do like the different take on the races involved.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review will feature instances and portrayal’s from the first four volumes, since reading one may not give a well enough idea of whether one might want to continue the series or not. Monster girl fans (especially centaur fans) will enjoy this one because the main character is a centaur and there are a number of other monster girl races featured in this series.

While this series does not seem to have an overarching plot (although it seems to have some interesting political and historical conte
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love the idea of a slice of life manga depicting a world where there's centaurs and all sorts of other animal-people type characters all coexisting. There's some really interesting worldbuilding and consideration given to how exactly these creatures could exist in a modern society and serious props to the author on that. I just wish there wasn't so much attention given to the sexual aspects. It's a little creepy, honestly, and especially since almost all of the main characters are underage sch ...more
Graham Bloodworth
There are but a few Centaur series listed on the Comix site, so this caught my eye. The characters are a varied mix and Himeno should actually be called a Centauride, a female Centaur. The group touch on all the day to day problems most their age struggle with, it's even more complicated with you have four hooves and and ample chest. The interaction with the younger siblings is spot on, as they ask arkward questions in such a straightforward manner. There is an English dubbed DVD around, but I h ...more

really interesting premise and details but I'm a bit confused on how all ppl in this world were still descended from African primates and they somehow evolved to the current state. I hope this will be touched on more.

also I was pretty uncomfortable with the first chapter of this - although it may have portrayed a legitimate concern the way the girls (who are underage) talked about it and "solved the issue" felt really unrealistic and icky to me. big reason why my rating is so low along with t
Robert Lyle
It had some interesting worldbuilding, but it was a bit of an awkward read. Some things weren't quite explained well, while others veered towards expository—especially in contexts where the characters should've known the Thing Being Exposited™. Add in somewhat stilted dialogue and my not being a fan of slice of life, and, well. It wasn't not worth reading, but I wouldn't rush to recommend it, either. ...more
May 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What the hell did I just read?!

So first of all, I loved the art! The images were really fascinating and adorable. Second I thought it would be a cute and silly read but the sexual aspects of the book were really creepy. It could have been really good but for some reason it all made me think about things I don’t want to think about especially since most of them are half human half animal.

Want to get more into mangas though!
I liked this book but found a few inconsistencies and parts that didn't exhibit enough clarity. The illustrations were good but this book is a bit "run of the mill". I would recommend it if you don't mind a little bit of a generic plot. The illustrations do good at distracting from the plot and are admirable and the character design was nice, but never the less Certainly not my favorite. ...more
Jennifer Linsky
A cute slice-of-life in an alternate world. The service is a little heavy for me, starting right out in the zeroth chapter. On the other hand, the casual inclusion and realistic feel of female affection for one another is quite nice.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
A fun and intresting read. This series has suprisingly alot of deepth to it when it comes to politics, history and racism which I dident expected.
A centaur´s life volume 1 by Kei Murayama get a 9/10 stars.
♔ King Reads-A-Lot ♔
Apart from the explicit parts, it was kinda ok I guess? I wish there were more things happening in it, basically they just go to school and do regular daily things. But it is just an introductory manga I guess. Not sure if I'm going to read further into the series. Maybe when I have more time. ...more
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Normally I really like slice of life type mangas, but this one was poorly written with bland characters and bad dialogue. I probably won't read the rest. ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just another slice of life manga but with monster people boring
1.5 stars.
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Eh. I didn't hate it but it's not interesting enough for me to keep reading. ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I was expecting a lot more fantastical plot points than what was actually delivered. A bit fan service-y with an overall bland setting.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
So despite the fact that, according to Wikipedia at least, this is a Seinen manga I thought it was pretty adorable and endearing. Even though there wasn't a whole lot of visual fan service, I sort of suspected this was the case because the first chapter is not something you generally see in books aimed at straight girls/women. But maybe it should be?

Otherwise, I was never really one to go in for stories of anthropomorphic and mythical creatures but something about this particular mix does really
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-manga
2.5? The art is fine, things could use a bit more explanation, and be a little less prurient. I managed not to abandon the book immediately at that weird first chapter but maybe I should have. If I'd browsed the book first rather than just grabbing the handful in the series at the library I don't think I'd have checked them out.

I think it's an interesting concept to explore how things would be different if there were centaurs and angels and goat, cat, and dragon people making up society. How wo
Judyth (Geeky Reading)

This is an odd volume. I didn’t quite expect this.

It’s very much a slice-of-life series, given that we’re following high school students, at school and going through drama and crushes and insecurities. Everyone is some kind of creature, with ears and horns and wings and part-animal bodies. None of it is thought of as odd, though there are still prejudices from species to species.

Mostly, I found how open the discussions and topics were. Sex is discussed. The three girl best friends show each
Read this for a Group Read. Slice of lifey manga with an emphasis on somewhat typical situations made a bit more interesting due in part to the setting (fantasy world with mystical creatures). It's nothing that'll stick with you probably passed the time you read it. There's no ongoing plot or development really, but it's a fun world to enter briefly for a few minutes at a time and leave your mind at the door.

There were some cringeworthy elements, and some character cliches, but the majority of
A Centaur's Life Volume 1 I can't say I found this manga to be weird, but I did think it was boring. I chuckled at the first chapter because it reminded me of conversations girls had when I was younger about our own anatomy. My issue was more with a lack of a clear plot line and being bored. The artwork is decent but the characters aren't developed and there isn't a back story, while the details that were presented had several loopholes/illogicality in them that were quite glaring. The epilogue ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A goofy slice-of-life manga about (checks title) a centaur and her two high school buddies, a tomboy "draconid" (nothing exciting, she just has pointed ears) and a kind of personalityless "goatkind" (who has big cat ears on top of her head for some reason. Do goats and cats have the same ears??). The art is really nice, it's pretty funny, and I learned a lot ("A centaur's undergarments" are "big"!) , but I do have kind of a hard time recommending you run out and spend $13 on a book that takes 45 ...more
Rebecca Ann
I learned when I first started reading manga, that there are different "red flag" levels in Japan, and sexual humor and awkwardness is much more openly portrayed to the teen age group. Keep that in mind if you're checking this one out, because there is a lot of explicitly discussed (though not shown) body/sex humor. I wouldn't go so far as to call it inappropriate, because I think a lot of teen girls can probably relate to this confusion and curiosity. Otherwise, this series is a pretty typical ...more
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