English: Beast Master
Synonyms: Cactus Summer Surprise, Fly
Authors: Motomi, Kyousuke (Story & Art)
Score: 8.471 (scored by 14787 users)
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2 based on the top manga page.
Popular Tagscomedy romance school life shoujo
Dec 19, 2008
Its a romance between a girl who gets along well with people, but is hated by the thing she loves most (animals)
and a boy that is great with animals, but has a beast-like personality that makes people think that he's completely unapproachable.
I have to admit that I was trying my hardest to avoid reading this, because I'm not into the whole beauty falling in love with beast story.
But something about it just made me want to take a quick peek,
and I ended up reading the entire thing
lol I couldnt stop.
I didn't expect this story to have such a well balanced mix of romance and comedy.
There's even a bit of drama and parts that may make you tear up a bit ;D
The reason why it seems so unbelievable is because it's only seven chapters.
So it's short, and in my opinion a little too short which is why i gave it a 9 instead of a 10. It has closure, but i just wish it was a bit longer because I think it would be interesting to know what things would be like in the future ?
9 because I've seen better, but I must say that there wasn't a single page in which I was dissapointed. For this story I thought that everything was drawn pretty well, I'm completely jealous because I wish that I could draw like that. lol
My favorite scenes are of when Leo snaps
And I love Yuiko's eyes when she's thinking.=]
For such a short story there was lots of character development !
I believe that the two main characters developed throughout the story,
but the rest (like the classmates) changed only in the beginning.
I enjoyed Beast Master a lot !
I laughed soo much, especially in the beginning because I sometimes show my affection towards animals in the same way as Yuiko, so i now know that should probably tone it down a bit ?
lol overall it was a great read, especially for those of you who want a quicky. ;D
I recommend it to everyone !=] read more
Jul 4, 2009
Beast Master is a very unique manga. It is my absolute favourite manga of all time. I have reread it several times and I still laugh or cry while reading it. The manga is simple, cute and sweet and as such, I will try to keep this review simple as well.
The story is cute and well written. There is also a few darker scenes but it only makes the story better. I haven't read many shoujo where there's a guy who goes on an insane killing (not really) or fighting spree when threatened. It's definitely different. There are also a lot of comedy in it that just makes your heart melt. It's unique and different all the while keeping true to your typical shoujo (eg. typical bitchy high school girls).
A cute girl? Check. A bishounen? Check. High school uniforms? Check. Big eyes? Check, check and check. The art stays true to that of shoujo manga. It's pretty and simple. It's just got really nice art and as usually, I still don't know how to express that.
You are given a cast full of completely likable characters. You have a small teenage girl who is strong and independent and you have a big scary looking guy who's really just a kid on the inside. It's as if the mangaka is telling you not to judge people by their looks because mostly everyone has a different personality versus their looks. Maybe except Toki...but he's an exception.
Enjoyment & Overall: 10 & 9
Like I said, I love this manga to bits. I've reread it a lot and it still gets to me. I'd read it more often if I have the books for myself but manga is not very popular where I live. I will definitely buy the whole once I see it. It's only 2 volumes and completely worth it. It is one of the best shoujo I have read. Also, the mangaka has written the more popular Dengeki Daisy which has a similar premise of a strong independent girl and a scary but torn up guy. Both are incredibly good and the best of shoujo. I highly recommend it to everyone unless if shoujo is definitely not your thing. Even then, you should still give it a shot and check it out. It is that good. Just saying :) read more
Feb 7, 2009
The story is original as i haven't read a lot of mangas with this style of plot. Like i said it isn't long but it still succeeds in making a good story with a satisfactionary ending.
Gave it an 8 because of the smooth drawing style. It has some nice facial expressions which are often hilarious. My 2 manga volumes didn't have any ink drops or anything of that sort either.
Original characters like leo who seems like a total "beast" at first but once you get to know him he is as sweet as candy. The female lead is an animal freak but animals seem to hate her except for leo (Yeah... He isn't an animal but still..)
It's very enjoyable if you don't rush through it and read it at a slow pace. I like to think about what it read^^ (at least with this kind of story) read more
Nov 24, 2010
Yuiko loves animals and wants them to love her back. Unfortunately animals hate her, she's too...affectionate. No matter what she does, even her own cat runs away. Her friends tell her that if she put that enthusiasm towards a boy, she'd get a boyfriend. The only problem is that in all her 17 years, she hasn't found any guy interesting. One night a mysterious stranger with blood on his clothes rescues her cat and leaves without a second word. The next day a new student transfer in to her class , it's him. He's rumored to be the beast fighting and almost killing in the area.
After she witnesses Aoi losing himself to his inner leopard in a fight she steps in, will he run away from her too?
Yuiko, is unique you could say. She loves animals but her methods are too violent, you could see it from the first 2 pages. She is brave and kind and understands people well. She sees in Aoi, what other don't see, and finds hims cute and adorable.
Aoi, he's scary, His classmates even describe him as having eyes like a "carnivorous animal." And they are right. He doesn't stop being scary but he starts to get understood. Aoi is drawn beautifully, when he is scary he looks psychotic and when he smiles it all goes away. And his smile was drawn with fangs, sort of, that he looks very sweet and innocent.
The manga was drawn in a comical way. You'll lol at just their expressions most of the time. When it's meant to look cute and dreamy it looks it but when it's scary you could as smell the blood.
Rarely do you find a one-shot manga that in just 2 volumes paints a clear picture the lives of those around you and while reading it makes you fell like you've been part of their world since day one. You see what Yuiko sees and you start understanding Aoi, even if it sometimes goes against reason. read more
Jul 29, 2009
Despite it's intimidating title and bondage-esque cover, Beast Master is a fairly normal shoujo manga. It is somewhat cliched, but very enjoyable. While it's not over the top amazing, it's above average in all categories.
The story is pure, unadulterated fun. Occasionally it gets a bit serious, but mostly, it's just pure entertainment. The comic timing is impeccable. This really is a comedy, you know. It's freakin' hilarious.
It's somewhat predictable and stereotypically shoujo, but it's still enjoyable.
Leo, the hero, is one of the most lovable characters shoujo manga has ever seen. He's just amazingly cute. He's not one of those irritating perfect high school princes, Leo's just dang adorable.
Another reason I love this series is because Yuiko is a super-strong and brave heroine. I was surprised when she was introduced actually talking to a group of people in her class, as opposed to the stereotypically socially incapable but easily sympathetic Mary Sue style heroine we're used to. Yuiko... is great!
The art is quite good. While there is the occasional awkward looking face, otherwise it's solid.
While Yuiko's character design is stereotypically-shoujo forgettable, Leo's is not. The audience will long remember his adorable happy fanged face. Toki-san's funny European face stands out, and Leo's dad has an interesting desgin as well.
The action is AMAZING for a shoujo comic. I was pretty much blown away. It somewhat reminded me of Shaman King's hip hop style. It's just that cool.
By the way, the author, Kyousuke Motomi... is a man. That explains the action and the tough heroine, but why would a man write shoujo...?
But ah well. If he writes more shoujo, he's gonna put the women to shame at their own game.
There are two bonuses in the Beast Master series, one is a short story called Fly Away, which is cute and nice, but otherwise not noteworthy except for a cool scene where the heroine jumps from a bridge and you can see her abs.
Cactus Summer Surprise, however, is an amazing 80 page long bonus. It's an amazingly inventive, and surprisingly touching short story. While the character designs don't stand out, their personalities are unique and quirks, and stand out. The comedy is amazing. I had to stop and slam my head on the desk from laughing so hard. Unlike the plot of Beast Master, the plot of Cactus Summer Surprise was inventive, unique, and loads of fun. As good as Beast Master was, Cactus Summer Surprise pretty much beat it up.
Beast Master is definitely worth the read! Go read it right now!
(By the way, kudos to whoever recommended it for fans of "You're My Girlfriend." Great recommendation!) read more
May 31, 2010
The art was not breathtaking but it was better than usual manga. Also, I enjoyed the 2 short stories Fly and Cactus Summer Suprise. I highly recommend it if you want to watch a good romance story. read more
Apr 25, 2010
Story: The basic premise is that a high school girl manages to tame a wild-looking boy. She scares animals, animals love that boy. The opposites attraction sounds familiar, but it's not really about animals. Rather, it's about the relationship between them. The plot actually drives in deeper than what we are presented at the beginning, as we learn more about the boy's history and why he behaves so wildly sometimes. The mangaka could have done so much more with the plot, but I feel that would be dragging the manga unnecessarily.
Art: Fair, to say the least. At best, this is the typical modern shoujo art. Other than the typical big shoujo eyes (not as big as Fruits Basket, thankfully), I don't see anything wrong anatomically with the characters that really bothered me. They all have good proportions and-- Oh, why the heck am I analyzing art? It's good. At least it doesn't overflow with obnoxious decorations like Ouran that you can't tell what's going on. The best part, though, was the characters' expressions when they're over-exaggerating.
Character: To be honest, the mangaka could have done so much more with the other characters. They did not develop much, except for the main characters. Still, I commend him for managing to bring both the "beast" Leo and "beast tamer" Yuiko closer together in only seven chapters without sacrificing their personalities. I really like Leo, since he contrasts so many other shoujo male leads by acting like a kid, not a bad guy. The way the mangaka presented him convinced me that he did really seem like a kid who is unfamiliar with the world. That much is said when Yuiko gets to know him better. Speaking of Yuiko, she is fun to read about as she is typically happy-go-lucky but genuinely cares for Leo's well-being. She is weak but does have her strong moments when dealing with other people.
Enjoyment: Not quite as suspenseful as Dengeki Daisy, but I did enjoy. Actually, I could care less about the story behind Leo's behavior. It is a very quick read.
Overall: It's definitely a different type of shoujo manga, but not to the point where it's classified as a josei manga. The elements of a typical shoujo manga are there, such as the art and the characters' designs and the plot.
So if you're looking for a read that involves romance (not as the result of the school drama), Beast Master might be for you. read more
May 22, 2010
The first short side story was about a girl who dreams of being a pilot and the boy that helps her stay true to her dream. It wasn't all that original, but was sweet nontheless.
The second short story was really good. Basically the boy in the series soul gets transferred to a cactus and until they help the woman's soul who was in the cactus, he will be stuck in the plant. It was humorous and touching. I liked this one a lot.
Back to Beastmaster..
Story 9/10: The story was original and really sweet. There was humor but also seriousness involved. I liked how the two grew closer and it seemed like nothing could destroy the trust they have in one another.
Art 10/10: The art was awesome, with humorous scenes mixed in, which I like. The emotions of the characters are expressed well.
Character 9/10: They were likable but didn't really develop (due to the short length of the series). However, some of the side characters were able to evolve. I thought that focus should have been on the two main characters.
Enjoyment 9/10: I liked it.. it was touching, funny and made me want to "go wild"... haha
Overall 9/10: Thought it was a great short read that was refreshing. read more
Apr 23, 2009
And I decided to write one on probably one of my most favorite mangas ever: Beast Master.
=== STORY ===
This story is quite original, and I haven't really seen another one like it. Even though the ending could've been A LITTLE better, I still loved it ♥
=== ART ===
I found the art of this manga to be really nice. The characters look amazing, and the mangaka mangaged to make Leo look really scary sometimes, while making him look like a total cutie on other times.
=== CHARACTER ===
Not your typical characters. The main female lead isn't annoying like most manga girls (thank goodness). She's strong and unlike most of the others, didn't just Leo and didn't think he was scary. However, my favorite character in this manga would have to be Leo himself. He's so cute~ however, he's a very caring person and is protective (which makes him even sweeter) xD
=== Enjoyment ===
I really enjoyed this manga. I couldn't stop reading it and I had to stay up all night to finish it. Even though I'm sad it's over and I wish there was more, I must say, it was an overall fantastic manga.
=== Overall ===
Score: 10 (of course)
AWESOME MANGA! I suugest for anyone who's interested in some different, new, and fresh. Original plot and great art. I loved it (and still do), and I'm pretty sure you'll love it too.
Feb 17, 2009