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.
"To protect ourself and what we hold dear, we keep frightening beasts within us."
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.
Beast Master was a really enjoyable short read, even the side stories were good. Basically, an animal loving girl gets help from an animal like boy. Even though everyone is afraid of him, she's not. And thus their relationship builds. It's a really sweet, pretty original manga.
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.
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!)
A girl hated by animals but gets along with most people and a guy disliked by humans and liked by animals. Just that caught my attention of how two different people can meet like that. At first when I read the title and saw the cover picture I was thinking it would be something really weird and I wouldnt like it but when I started reading I couldnt stop! This manga was just amazing and so unique.
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.
Bleh, I don't feel like writing such a long review so for the first time in my reviews, I'm going to divide into these nice, neat little categories that MAL conveniently provides for us reviewers.
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.
This is my first ever review =]
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.
A original romance manga about a girl who loves animals but hate her and a boy who is loved by animals but feared by people... Haha! I love that! it's so original and ironic! The characters are so cute and unforgetable (specially Leo, he was so sweet!) and the art is great. It's such a shame this manga isn't popular. If I was able to pick which manga would become anime, this would definatly be one!
Perhaps one of the most cliche type of manga/anime is when a guy is always saving some girl from danger. This isn't precisely it, but it teeters slightly on the edge. A guy who has a berserk mode calmed by the heroine isn't the newest of ideas.
Simply put... I loved it. The only thing is I believe Yukio blushed a bit too much. But, that's typical of a shoujo manga, so I can't complain.
This story stars a popular jock and kind girl... Wait, no it doesn't! Those who know me know that I dislike typical "I can't do anything by myself" girls.
Yukio... Isn't that. Simply put, this girl has a backbone - not only does she stand up for what she believes in, but she also doesn't conform to a crowd around her. I respect that. And Leo's character sure is a change of pace that I'm personally not used to. How many mangas out there feature aggressive jocks or simply quiet men? Those are usually the basic manga stereotypes. But Leo is one of the first I've seen that has been...well, you know if you've read it. I don't want to give too much away...
I read this in two days, and it would have been less if not for other engagements. That should say enough. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the repetition of a single event: Yukio is put into danger, Leo saves her. The first few times were enough.
I adored this manga, it definitely will be put into my favorites. If there was an anime, I would watch without a doubt.
Beast Master is a very amazing manga. The storyline is genuine and there aren't to many mangas with a similar storyline. The artwork is percise and has a very good effect on the readers. There is isn't much drama in the story it's more of a romantic-comedy. There aren't many volumes and it has a very explanitory ending. It doesn't leave you have full this manga takes holds of its reader till the very end. If you are looking for a manga with a interesting love. I strongly recommend Beast Master.
It would be a terrible lie if I said that I liked the manga the moment I saw the summary. I quote from my pending reads list: “Iffy at best.” Must contact Manga Fox at some point and tell them that the summary makes the manga sound like a circus or story about a girl with a bad case of bestiality. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The characters were easy to love and multifaceted. The mangaka tied the story up with a well-composed reflexive ending, which I love finding in books and manga, and the romance was quirky and adorable. It didn’t make me cry
like Absolute Boyfriend, but I was pretty darn close.
My second Manga... and I must say that I was surprised after the low expectations that my first one set for me.
But, it was really cute... enjoyable and everything.
The art is really good and you just wanna get into the Manga world and pinch their cheeks because the characters are sooo cute and well-drawn.
And I'm sick of people who over-analyze and say that the characters arent well-developed. They expect Manga to be like 50 chapters for a character to be complete. I think the characters are very well-developed to and the Manga isn't boring as a result. I got to enjoy the characters and I
I must say that the author of this manga knows her limit very well. She knows when the readers get bored and so makes it exciting when she thinks that. And so all the little pointless stories aren't over-done like in the first Manga i read (which was just horrid). I think that the Manga did everything it needed in the 8 chapters.
but there were some of those little pointless stories, which is why it wasnt perfect.
But I still like it.
Read it if: a) you like cute-looking characters b) want a short but well-developed manga c) like cute little romances that dont happen immediately d) appropriate, nothing sex-like or perverted e) your bored
dont read it if: a) you want something perfect b) you want A LOT of romance c) you like things that end in sex
The overall concept was very innovative, but after the story continues it grows into a very predictable plot line, but i suppose all shoujo mangas are.
There are some character's who are wonderfully developed in this, but others i wish would have more complex emotions towards them. Take for example, Yuiko, she is the main protagonist, yet her feelings revolve around Leo, so therefore we have little time to really understand her character.
This manga was very enjoyable, good for a short read.
The overall appeal of this is manga, is an 8. The story was enjoyable, but it was not complicated, nor
very intriguing, this subtracting from the overall appeal of the manga itself. The art though was superb, and quite detailed. When Leo was in his "beast" mode, the depiction of his face was quite scary, while on other times his facial expressions could be quite vulnerable and cute.
Let me start off by saying this has to be one of the best short manga I have ever read! It almost makes me wish that it wasn't a short manga after all. The story starts off by introducing you to the main protagonist, Yuiko who so happens to love animals but animals run from her. One day while trying to reach a cat she bumps into a scary looking guy named Leo who turns out to really be innocent and childish despite his scary demeanor. I just want to start off by saying that the characters were simply excellent in every way. I couldn't
seem to find a character I didn't like. Even the antagonists morphed well into this story. Another thing, this story in one word was just plain cute, the romance, the love scenes and Leo.Not to mention I find this story pretty original compared to most shoujo manga. In general I think this is a must read for all those shoujo manga fans out there, it will truly be worth all of your time.
I have always been a fan of Motomi Kyousuke's works. The stories the author produces are always such unique gems in the shoujo genre. Beast Master is no exception and is one of my favorites. Although it remains short with only two volumes, the story is conveyed flawlessly.
Story: The premise of the story isn't one that I'm altogether unfamiliar with: Wild boy is tamed by normal girl. I've seen it a few times before. But in Beast Master, it was still given a unique perspective that made me enjoy it.
Art: Motomi Kyousuke's art is quite unusual for the shoujo genre, and perhaps that it why
I love it. I haven't found a shoujo manga with an art style anything like hers. The character's faces display emotions very well.
Character: Leo and Yuiko are both charming, adorable, and often hilarious when they get into their usual antics. I couldn't help but to fall in love with the both of them.
Enjoyment: 10/10. Of all the manga I own, this is one of the series I reread the most often. It never gets old, and I stil enjoy it.
Without a doubt, Beast Master is a worthy read.