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Pet Shop of Horrors, Vol. 1

(Pet Shop of Horrors #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  5,967 ratings  ·  103 reviews
A smoke-filled alley in Chinatown harbors Count D's Pet Shop. The pets sold here aren's your everyday variety and the Count prides himself on selling Love and Dreams in the form of magical creatures that come with an exclusive contract. But buyers beware. If the contract is broken the Count cannot be held accountable for whatever may happen. A fascinating and macabre look ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published June 17th 2003 by TokyoPop (first published February 1995)
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This is one of those manga you look at and pass over because you think it's nothing special.

Believe me, it is.

Despite being called "Pet Shop of Horrors," it's actually not all that horrific. If anything, it's got a hint of the original fairy tales in which the wolf eats Little Red or the Step-Sisters get their toes and heals chopped off and the eyes pecked out. With a ton of laughs thrown in.

This series is basically the story of Count D who owns a special pet shop. Special as in some of the pets
Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This was sooooo cute!!! But..... I have so many questions. I hope I will learn more reading the next volume!:)
Nov 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I read and own the whole 10 volume series. So no, not every story was perfect, wonderful or 5 stars, and I will say I was disappointed by the ending. But...overall, this is one of the best manga series I've read. The characters are real, believable(ish...this is manga) and the stories are convoluted and creepy and filled with sexual tension. Remember in the movie Gremlins, how there were those three rules ("No water; no food after midnight; no bright light.") and how, of course, the rules got ...more
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Originally read online, now I own a hardcopy I will re-read that.

Also read the two side stories, Night Exile ^_^ (online)
Kari Trenten
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four stories involving a pet shop in Chinatown in San Francisco where four pets find homes provided for them by the mysterious, androgynously beautiful, yet sinister Count D. More than a few strange deaths are connected to his pet shop, which draws the suspicious eyes of Detective Leon Orcot. Orcot is convinced that Count D and his pets are involved in these deaths, but nothing ever happens which violates the contract between the count and his customers, although the latter may meet unpleasant ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, horror
Read entire series years ago, really enjoyed it
Alysse Peery
Pet Shop of Horrors is a manga by Matsuri Akino. It is set in the heart of Chinatown. Enter Count D's pet shop, a place where you can find a multitude of pets. These pets can range from cats and dogs to the most exotic, but they often will take a form to match a person's deepest desires. The mysterious man running the shop will be willing to sell you these animals, but under contract. These contracts often have three terms, varying with each individual pet. If any of these circumstances are ...more
This series is like a modern idea of Aesop's fables. There is a message behind each chapter and a lesson to be learned.
While it says older teen on the cover most of this manga is suitable for 13 and up. The stories are moving and disturbing by turn. Not everyone has a happy ending and only because they didn't follow the pet shop keeper's advice. The art work is beautiful and can be quite stunning at times.
If you like animals and stories with a bit of a twist, you will want to check this series
Madison Lourette
Takes place in New York City, in Chinatown. It is owned by Count D.. A mysterious man who sells a variety of exotic and *cough* illegal *cough* "animals". When these animals are looked at by people who he is not selling them to or who he didn't sell them to, he looks like the type of animal that he said they were. The birds look like birds, the snakes look like snakes, and the rabbits look like rabbits. But to the owners and potential owners, the look like handsome and beautiful humans, and are ...more
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Count D's pet shop sells exotic pets, but you must, must follow the rules of the contract or you might find yourself regretting it - or dead.

This was an intriguing first volume. Two parents buy a 'rabbit' that looks an awful lot like their dead daughter. A girl buys a rare bird and then a mate for him and ends up with one of them dead. I'm looking forward to reading more of this series.

Pet Shop of Horror revolves around a magical pet shop in Chinatown that just happens to sell pets that arent like your everyday pet. Each volume is divided into a chapters and each chapter tells a single story of an encounter with this pet shop. Some end up happy while others not so much. In this one my favorite is the one about the girl who was attacked lost her sight and purchased a seeing eye dog/bodyguard. While she cant see hes actually a human. What happens when she is attacked change
My friend Ellie brought this back to school after Thanksgiving Break and lent it to me, saying that it was 'like a series of morality tales' and that she'd loved it as a kid. If I may make a horrible pun, I'd say it's more a series of mortality tales than morality tales. I didn't really find anything particularly moral in the stories, except maybe that if the creepy guy in that one suspicious-looking petshop tells you to do something with the bizarrely human-like creature he sells you, you ...more
A smoke-filled alley in Chinatown harbors Count D's Pet Shop. The pets sold here aren't your everyday variety and the Count prides himself on selling Love and Dreams in the form of magical creatures that come with an exclusive contract. But buyers beware. If the contract is broken the Count cannot be held accountable for whatever may happen. A fascinating and macabre look into the very soul of human nature.

A very interesting manga with magic, wonder and a touch of horror. Not for the feint of
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
In the spirit of autumn I started rereading this series and I must say that PSH holds up pretty well for being a manga from the mid 90:ies. The things that didn't age well are maybe the overly exotic view on the Chinese people and Chinese culture and there are some slight issues with sexism (but honestly, I've seen so much worse in contemporary manga). All in all, still as enjoyable as I remember.
Nancy Foster
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first watched the highly underrated OVA series almost 20 years ago and for a very long time, I felt compelled to read the original manga because I loved the anime so much. I finally found a little free time and have decided to give it a try, and it has definitely been a great read.

Count D is a mysterious Chinese man living in Los Angeles's Chinatown with an even stranger profession: he sells all sorts of exotic and mythical animals to the right customer. Is the beast they see in the maze
Achillia Herondale
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Parents raise their children by giving them a part of themselves."

Pet Shop of Horrors is a mysterious manga with an even more mysterious main character, the shop owner's grandson, Count D. His pets are unique...very unique and entangled with a number of peculiar incidents, an enigma that has made Detective Leon Orcot fixated on solving it.

Each chapter is a story which has a different moral in it which makes the stories both horrifying and fascinating.

Even the subtle accusation in the final
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-comics
It's been literal years since I've read this series, and I suddenly had a desire to revisit it this weekend. The art remains absolutely gorgeous, yes (this was, of course, one of the selling points to my 20 year old otaku self), but I think what truly strikes me is the stark brutality of the first volume. My memories of the series are tinged with knowledge of the end of the series a softer, somewhat more caring Count D but in the first volume, before he's truly introduced to an impetus to go ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Im not sure that I understand the pet shop and the supernatural parts of it. At first, I thought that there was some kind of human trafficking thing going on, but Im assuming they were just dangerous mythical animals of some sort? I dont know. The switching back and forth between human and animal forms was what really threw me off. It was super bizarre to see a person and have everyone refer to it as a dog, bird, rabbit, etc.

Even as confused as I am, I did really love reading this. I was
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed rereading this volume. I adore Count D and his spectrum of personalities. Amino deftly weaving his whimsical, child-like fondness for sweets with his serious entrepreneurial side. There are four stories in this volume that cover a range of themes, from attention to love to naivety. There isnt much gore or horror but you will catch glimpses of it there and there. Youll see the start of a longer story arc take root with a detective character that Im looking forward to seeing more ...more
Jessica Eck
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
"Pet Shop of Horrors" will most likely forever be my favourite manga series.I can't believe it's more than 10 years ago that I read it first (doesn't make me feel old at all.

The Count is one of the most fascinating characters ever brought to paper and the dynamics between him and Leon is perfect.

The stories are deep, meaningful and still so entertaining and sometimes heartwarming.

This is probably one of the most underrated manga series out there and I can only recommend everyone to read it. It
Rachel Adiyah
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: manga readers, Twilight Zone fans, fans of shocking sci-fi
Recommended to Rachel Adiyah by: Abby - Goth, Japanophile
When my friend first handed this to me the year that I graduated from college (awhile back), I was skeptical. But I gave it a chance...and it BLEW MY MIND. The very first story is probably the best story of the entire series. A lonely rich girl whose father ignores her seeks beauty and love, only to learn that just because a creature looks human, doesn't mean that it is. I was struck by how the mating system of the birds is a combination of that which exists between peacocks (plain brown female, ...more
Hannah Givens
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Surprised how engaging this is. Each short story in engrossing and somehow unexpected, and there's none of the usual silliness or filler that I find so frustrating in manga. The imagery of the humanlike animals works really well, and I'm interested in the ongoing plot between Count D and the detective. Very interested to see more of the mythology, if there is any, but the stories themselves are good enough to seek out more on their own.
Jewels Emily
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thankfully Ive already seen the anime or else I might have been super confused.

I adore this series and this concept. Its unique and although the pets are extremely unrealistic and bizarre theyre still endearing.

Count D teaches humans important lessons in an unorthodox way and I am here for it.
Blake Harris
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a bit like 'The Twilight Zone' actually. Each chapter has its own story (and "pet") that unfolds into a morality play (it doesn't get "preachy"). I greatly enjoyed the concept and I love this form of storytelling. It is unfortunate copies are tough to track down since it has not been republished in the past 20 years.
Pixi Jo
Well there is one pet shop I am going to read about but not visit, no way, no how!

Count D is a saucy minx and his pets, when truly loved and taken care of, can be a wonder, but let's face it, more often than not people abuse them or fail to really listen when D tells them what the critters need and then what happens... let's just say it's labeled 'horror' for a reason...
Mitsy Sugi
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Many people will not pay attention to this manga, but once you have read this, it will be one of your favourite of all time. I read this many years ago and continued to go back and read it. I love it !!!
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-yaoi
Meh, ok series for me, not a favorite, I read maybe the first book, collected the first 3 that sat on my shelf forever before I finally swapped away (I couldn't get rid of them for the longest time!).
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sad, weird, true. The pet shop always gives strict but simple rules, generally about feeding it or others seeing the pet. And EVERY time, but the last, people don't follow them. If you want a pet, why not take care of the darn thing?? The art is beautiful and the 'pets' are very unique ideas.
Zoe Xu
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
a reread of childhood fav!
just as good as i remember...
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a fascinating read! I love the supernatural and otherwordly, so this was perfect. The last chapter in this was my favorite!! Now I need to find a way to read the rest of the series..
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Matsuri Akino (秋乃 茉莉 Akino Matsuri), is a Japanese manga artist from Mitaka, Tokyo, now a resident of Yokohama. Her work is a mix of the fantasy, mystery, and horror genres. Her self portrait is usually a kappa, sometimes with braids or an odango hairstyle.

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Pet Shop of Horrors (10 books)
  • Pet Shop of Horrors, Vol. 2 (Pet Shop of Horrors, #2)
  • Pet Shop of Horrors, Vol. 3 (Pet Shop of Horrors, #3)
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