Dec 29, 2022
As a sequel to Petshop of Horrors, I was definitely expecting more of the same, what I got however was a pretty inferior series that felt lacking in comparison. The original series also had many subpar stories too but they all felt different from eachother in concept and tone, one could be a horror story, the next could be a romance, sometimes there were full-fledged adventures and sometimes it even got experimental and all had ironic twists of fate pulling from all kinds of cultures with an atmosphere and concepts that made it feel mystical.
Shin on the other hand delt like Matsuri Akino was
running out of ideas so she just defaults to the 25th story about a host club, I'm not kidding when I say that half of the stories here are about host clubs and that most of them blend together. The character of Wu Fei lau is a descent replacement for Orcot but he lacks much development and isn't as charming compared to the Detective, I the hints his bitter relationship with his dad, future arranged marriage and how he secretly cares a lot about his workers would build up to an epic climax like in the original but instead we get a very abrupt ending when we don't even know what count D's deal even was with Taizuu's dad.
Replacing Chris as the child supporting character is Femto, the ghost of an Egyptian Pharaoh trapped in the body of a cat from one of Akino Matsuri's other Manga "The Psychic Business Corporation" he has even less development than Taizuu but I actually give it a pass considering he probably had his character arc in said Manga, plus the stories he's involved with are usually high points, dealing with technology like videogames and the internet which I feel they also could've explored more too.
At the end Shin Petshop of Horrors feels like wasted potential and an inferior product to the original. This being said it's still a good read with most of the same great writing (Except 1 chapter in particular which could have a review of it's own), just expect what's essentially a descent romance Manga about host clubs and occasionally the mafia with Count D's shop in it.
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