Published: Feb 2009 to May 2009
Score: 7.001 (scored by 401 users)
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Synopsis19th century England. Christmas Day.
A young thief, Salt, and his partner-in-crime Pierre come across a strange-looking traveller with a penchant for sweets. The only thing of value Salt finds in the traveller’s bag is an odd compass, so he steals it – only for monsters to come after him a few hours later! Why are they after Salt? And what does the traveller want with him?? It’s a fantastic winter tale of magic!
-From Kokoro no Oasis scans-
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It is a somewhat common story, although it is a little bit unique; that's how I see it. The story doesn't get very deep, and it only has a little bit of background information. Although I could understand what was going on at the time, I didn't truly know why all those things were happening. The story had a lot of potential to it and could have gone deeper if there were more chapters to it. However, the end did put me in a melancholy state for a little while.
I've never been much of a critic with art. I liked the character's designs, although there weren't anything special to them, except for a few distinctions. The backgrounds were okay, and the art was neatly drawn. There were some parts where I didn't understand what was going on. However, those were mostly battle scenes and there were only few of them.
The characters were okay. I have seen others like them many times. However, even though they didn't go very far in-depth, what I did learn about them attached me to some of the characters a little bit. I found it very sad what happened in the end to the little boy and how the main character had to live with it.
Overall, I enjoyed the manga a lot and I find it to be a good manga. Most of it was done well, and even though it had a lot of potential, the mangaka did it very well in a four-chapter manga. I wish there had been more to it, for I wouldn't have minded reading more ^^ There was one aspect of the story that did make me laugh a little bit, but then that was what I realized made it unique. There aren't that many stories, at least not that I know of, that have a "Santa Claus" theme (Don't let that turn you away) like this one. I recommend this story to anyone who wants a quick read, although I found the ending to be a little bit sad, so it isn't one to cheer you up. read more
This is really the prequel to Noel la Neige, so it is a Christmas story, but the "prequel" is longer than the one shot story. It is set in the 1800's in England.
Think of it as Dickens Christmas Carol, meets Oliver Twist meets bischie from Bleach.... If you like different type of Christmas stories like Nightmare Before Christmas try it.
It is rather sad, a tragedy, so it might make you cry, it's an original story and I enjoyed it.
If you like different sort of Christmas stories - I would suggest Holy Glory, Noel la Neige and Yoroshiku Master. These are supernatural shoujos with Christmas themes and bishies. Holy Glory and Noel la Neige are related to each other while Yoroshiku Master has a different take on a Christmas magic theme but both have shape shifting magic users.
The Two Storys have the same idea of a soul turning into a monster, also the fact the main character is mysterious in the start of the manga
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