Feb 21, 2015
Black cats are known for getting a bad rap, this manga is no exception. Based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe, it follows the events surrounding Pluto, an intelligent black feline aptly named after the Roman god of the underworld and the judge of the dead. He plays a crucial role in the dark grotesque short story that is "The Black Cat."
The story begins with his master coming home from a night out drinking. Having loved animals all his life you wouldn't expect a few drinks to change this. Though you'd be sadly mistaken as he eventually abuses Pluto in a fit of
rage. This event soon progresses into the unthinkable happening but I won't spoil the details. As the story is the most redeeming factor of this manga. (A warning in advance, it contains nudity and sexual acts.)
The manga's art I'd say is fair at best. Many times I feel the dialogue doesn't match up with the expressions. The faces seem monotonous and lacking emotion. Though it excels with Pluto and the grotesque scenes. I would have liked to see more Gothic-esque aspects to it.
The characters are of similar quality. While it's based on a short story with little development or characterization. There could have been subtle things added to flesh them out more. Such as more insight into the thoughts of their actions instead of just following the details of the original story.
Overall for being an adaptation. It's fair in the representation despite changing and leaving out details. It could have been much better given a different art style and more characterization. Disregarding these faults it's okay for being a one-shot and does well to promote Edgar Allan Poe's works.
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