Yuiko Kubozuka is a high school girl who loves animals. Unfortunately, animals hate her and flee from her whenever possible. So when a new classmate, Leo Aoi, turns out to be a scary guy who resembles a wild animal than anything human, she is intrigued. Not only because Leo has an affinity with animals which she envies, but also because he isn't the wild animal that he seems to be. He seems to hide a very sweet disposition behind his scary features.
Or so she thought. The truth is revealed when they are attacked and Leo immediately behaves like a wild animal and gets violent like a blood-thirsty animal, just to save Yuiko.
Will Yuiko be able to tame this wildest of all animals or will he be just like the others and flee from her? Or the better question, will she flee from him?
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.
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 !=]
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 :)
I'm primarily an anime viewer and as such read few manga. I'm practically comparing this manga to anime I've watched regardless of how different the two are. Beast Master is one of my favourite manga/anime I've viewed.
Beast master was a really cute story and I was always in high spirits whilst reading it. I found the romance good and the setting for the story was different to what I'd seen before.
It was also relatively short so it didn't manage to bore me even though I wasn't really used to reading manga. It actually left me wanting there to be more.
It was really good.
I don't really have much experience in manga so I can't compare it to much. Regardless I still think the art was above standard. It didn't disappoint me in the slightest to see what had been drawn.
The characters weren't something that I couldn't relate to the personalities of others I'd seen. Nevertheless I wasn't disappointed in the character settings of any of the characters. Their persona's were really fitting of them.
Watching anime I realize that a lot of them share large similarities. For example some anime are practically fan service itself and focus purely around large breasts the majority of the time (Which is kind of a disappointment to me as I prefer petite women). I'm not sure whether it's just that manga do not show as much fan service and such things, but Beast Master didn't really have much (So if your looking for such manga this isn't the right choice). I personally enjoyed this.
I enjoyed reading this manga about as much as I enjoy watching anime. I would highly recommend his manga to anyone who is relatively new to manga like myself. I would of course also recommend this to anyone whom is just looking for another masterpiece to read.
Just to note, this manga also comes with two extra short stories: “Fly” & “Cactus Summer Surprise” (but I’ll get to those in due time).
That cover is a lie. Leo isn’t tied up by chains nor is he a violent criminal. The story goes that when his parents got married, a zoologist as well as a doctor who really doesn’t have borders (as Toki puts it but we’ll get to him in a minute). When Leo was young, his mother passed away and that was when Leo met his maternal grandfather for the first time. Apparently, the mother ran off and got disowned by her
father but he was so charmed by Leo that, when he died suddenly, it was found that he had left a secret will.
The will states that when Leo turns 18 years old, he will receive 12 billion yen (or about $130 million according to the translators). As a result, this pissed off the relatives who, I guess, assumed that the money would be split among them. Because of this anger, though, they tried to kidnap, hurt, and even attempted murder Leo for that money. Things got so bad, that the grandfather’s bodyguard, a German-Japanese ex-mercenary by the name of Toki (who seems to never age), and his father to run away to the wilderness where up until now, had grown up in.
Now, when they talk about Leo’s violent tendencies, they’re mostly talking about a literal defense mechanism where whenever Leo sees blood and is in grave danger, he’ll attack without mercy. In fact, he actually managed to kill a leopard which was about to maul him. The trouble though is that he doesn’t remember it. And because he has such a big heart, he’s so scared of being around people.
But after our two protagonists meet, naturally, Yuiko could stop his rampages by basically putting herself at risk. People at school are, naturally, afraid of him at first because of the way he looked and acted – he was really scared and nervous and didn’t know how to interact with other humans.
Yuiko herself is pretty awesome and I think most people can relate to her. She loves animals but she loves them so much that she smothers them with love and they’re afraid of her. However, people are attracted to her by droves and she gets along with most people.
And Leo, of course, would get along with animals but not so much people because, well, he grew in the wilderness.
There really isn’t much to say about this manga other than it’s cute and it’s funny. There’s some really good moments between Yuiko and Leo, especially when they learn something from each other and that helps them grow as characters. I believe only one person outside of those two change majorly but he’s not even supposed to be a major character.
One of the side characters I really do like, though, is the boss character. He looks like your typical juvenile delinquent character but, really, he’s a big ol’ softy whose literal only crime is not following school uniform regulations.
There’s one story where there’s an almost rabid dog on the loose and Yuiko tries to tame it. This goes really wrong really quickly and it took Leo to save her. As luck would have it, Yuiko’s father is a veterinarian so they were able to take care of the dog once Leo lets him know who’s boss. Shortly after that, the boss adopts him. It’s a really cute image actually….
If anything, the characters themselves are a lot stronger than the plot. The plot is typical at best, and barely important at its worst. I can understand the need to try to push these characters forward but none of them really change. They change but it’s in a direction someone could predict.
That’s not really a bad thing though. If I were to describe this manga, it’d be a light snack after a heavy meal. It’s one of those that it’s not as dramatic as those other shoujos but it’s light enough to turn your brain off and just enjoy something simple. It’s perfect after reading a drama-heavy series and to get back into a better mood. It’s cute, and it’s fluffy. That’s all it could be.
Now on to the short stories.
The first short story, “Fly”, is in the first volume. It’s about a girl who wants to become a pilot but her family is trying to force her to be a doctor. There’s a guy that she hangs out with (although, of course, they’re probably going to get together eventually) who wants to be a nurse. He’s trying to tell her to go for her dream but she’s being stubborn about it. It’s really cute and simple about following your dreams. It’s a little more dramatic than Beast Master but it’s still easily digestible. It’s really cute but I’m not quite sure why people don’t like it that much.
The second short story, “Cactus Summer Surprise”, takes a surprisingly dark turn. I mean, of course it’s a shoujo story still that involves two high school students who refuse to deal with and acknowledge their feelings for each other. The main story, though, is really sad and tragic. A doctor had passed away but because she was working so hard, she didn’t get to say goodbye to her daughter. She possesses a cactus to and managed to give it to her friend so she could “transfer bodies” (at this point, I’m just not going to question it because it’s manga – why the hell not?) so she could get some closure for her daughter and herself so she can go into the afterlife.
I really like this one the most, honestly, between the three stories. There’s always some comedy in these stories but even with all the seriousness in this one, it just really struck a chord with me. When the spirit of the doctor takes over the boy, when she meant to go in a woman’s body, she tries to help the situation between those two (meanwhile, the boy’s spirit has been transferred to the cactus).
The payoff is really good and while it’s not completely tied up into a neat little bow, I really liked how it did end — they didn’t fully admit to it but it’s progress. That’s what life is, though. Progress. I only wished this short story was on its own so I can just pick it up and put it back whenever I want. But don’t get me wrong! I do like “Beast Master”! I do! Just not as much as that short story.