Pet Shop of Horrors, Vol. 8

by Matsuri Akino | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 1591825059 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 8/6/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, August 6, 2011
I just discovered this series via Volume One of the follow-on "Tokyo" series, and enjoyed it so much that I decided to try and read 'em all. I found a few volumes of the original series at the Comic Store.

While I do prefer this first series - mainly for the interaction between D and Leon, always great fun - the Tokyo series is enjoyable as well. And I like the fact that most of the stories stand on their own, so that individual stories - or volumes - can be enjoyed without having read what came before, although there is additional pleasure in seeing the characters and relationships evolve. (This one follows Volume 7.)

I was vastly amused to see that this volume includes a traditional "Beach Episode" - though, in typical Pet Shop style, the beach/sun/bikinis elements change to something else along the way.

The second story takes a haunted-house idea, mixes in a cute kid and a snarky animal-as-human (whose nickname, "Ten-chan", turns out to be a hint as to his true identity), and results in a touching story.

The third story lets Chris (such a cutie!) take a bigger part than usual, helping to choose the perfect pet for a demanding client. I love watching Chris interact with all the animals, whom he sees as human and of whom he has no fear at all, not even of Tetsu. But the story takes a darker turn when Leon digs up some info on the client's past.

The last story is a lighter one, with more Chris-and-critters-being-cute - but D just can't leave things alone, taking the time to inform Chris that there's no rabbit on the moon anymore because three American astronauts went up there and killed it. [Leon is NOT amused.] But Chris is made of tough stuff, and comes up with his own rationale; no wonder D likes him so much. Perhaps D will find humans salvageable for his sake?

[There's an entertaining TV Tropes page for the series, but beware of spoilers!]

Continued in Volume 9

Released 1 mo ago (2/5/2023 UTC) at Little Free Library, Granite Circle in Merrimack, New Hampshire USA


I left the book in the Little Free Library; hope someone enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in NH here.]

** Released for the 2023 Asian Zodiac / Year of the Rabbit challenge, for the embedded "hop" in the title. **

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