Kusonoki Komugi lives with her mother in Tokyo and can't get along with classmates. Because of her mother's business trip, she has to stay with her father in Hokkaido for a year. She thinks she will have opportunities to make new friends. She got to sit next to Ookami Yuu, a popular boy who tells her she smells good. One day, she discovers his secret...
What makes me give 10 to this manga is purely driven by the fact that the manga deals with these amazing looking humans who can transform to wolf, fox .. The whole idea of co-existence of humans with such shape shifters thrills me. Moreover a love story between a mere human girl with one of them is just nail bitting.
Although I would have loved it if the manga wouldn't have been so short as it could have continued many different leads which could have been picked up, the story was short and sweet but yes the heart wants what it wants (more on the
after story ...) Story isn't a thriller, its simple and straight with not many tangential verticals around the protagonist . Personally I like the art of this mangaka so I enjoyed the art of the manga.
Learning: Things you run away are right behind you, so running away ain't a wise decision.
This is a great short manga with a wonderful emotional core. The story could have benefited from a few extra chapters, to flesh out some characters, but isn't really hindered by it's fast resolution. It's just made more dramatic.
As a longtime fan of urban fantasy anything, I just loved the setting. It's realistic and peaceful, without beinng boring. There is something inherently cool about the idea of an extremely magical city that is also very pastoral and quite. It just skirts most of the overplayed things people usually associate with urban fantasy, like faction war and societal manipulation. And angst. I kinda feel like just
talking about how cool it is that this manga went urban fantasy without the angst. When I saw that Twilight reference with the "you smell nice..." thing I have to admit I shuddered. And then it was all because she smelled like delicous food. I just love it. And just gets better from that..
But this is a drama romance, not a comedy romance. The love story is sweet and pure without being unrealistic, and the drama, when it happens, might be based on a cliché concept ("they're from two different worlds") but is treated in a reazonable way with undertandable consequences and no exageration for effect. It doesn't need to exagerate because it's very effective, engaging without going overboard, showing emotion without the need for onomatopoeia (a shoujo manga without a single "doki doki" panel!).
The art is gorgeous. Great anatomy and expression, superb narrative and pacing. Also, full backgrounds with screentones added for depth. The screentones on the characters, however, are little muddy, makes it seem like everyone is always wearing grey. But this is the one single problem with the art, and I absolutely forgive it.
Komugi moves to another town to live with her father. There she meets 4 boys that end up being animals (just what the title suggests with that ookami) and she will have to keep their secret, but not everything is that simple.
In general the story is interesting. But I find it way too short. The main plot, which is the romance between Komugi and Yuu is well developed but I would have loved to see more about Yuu's past and his friends' lives.
Not my favourite type of art to be honest. The faces are pretty but the bodies seem a little bit off.
Apart from Komugi and Yuu, the rest of the characters have no development whatsoever.
Komugi's friends barely appear just to say a couple of sentences. Yuu's friends appear way more but still you don't really get to know them.
The story is nice, but it feels like so many things are left undone. Like developing the supporting characters, or talking about the past in more deep.
At some point it is like a love triangle is gonna happen but it ends up being nothing. It is just a poor excuse for Yuu to realise his feelings, but still that "tension" is left unresolved.
The art is nothing remarkable, and the story leaves many things in the air. But if you want a story that goes straight to the point this is a good option.