Manga Review: Beast Master by Kyousuke Motomi *spoilers*

Beast Master, Vol. 1 (Beast Master, #1)Beast Master, Vol. 1

by Kyousuke Motomi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have a few shorter series that I like to read over and over — this is one of them. A short story about Yuiko who uninterested in boys – loves animals instead – but animals seem to HATE, and the new “beast-like” male transfer-student that everyone’s afraid of: Rei Aoi.

…you see where this is going…

When Rei Aoi is scared or sees blood his hair turns white, he loses control, and becomes a wild-beast beating-up his aggressors. He’s lived away from civilization on an uninhabited Island, in Africa, and other places. This was his father’s and guardians’ way to protect him from his family as when he turns 18 he will be the sole inheritor of his grandfathers’ 12 billion yen fortune.

Yuiko quickly realizes that he isn’t scary — he’s just nervous, and not used to being out in society. They form a quick and solid bond…

The series is short — but very satisfying. The romance is sweet and the premise is fun, without having to drag on and pull out every shoujo plot-device in existence.

I will say though that Kyousuke-san REALLY should have rethought the drawing of the father. For every other adult the drawing was fine — but her reveal of the father seemed like a joke. Every time I read it I cringe when I see his face. He is a very very odd drawing. And even now I can’t quite decide what it is about it that is off-putting…. the “Jesus Hair” maybe??? …or his head is smaller than his body… I can’t decide. But, it’s WRONG!

Anyways, I like this one. I read it often. I recommend it.

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