Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Manga Review: Pet Shop or Horrors Vol 2

Title - Pet Shop of Horrors Vol 2 
Author - Matsuri Akino
Series - Pet Shop of Horrors #2
Genre - Manga Horror 
Published - July 15th 2005
Format - eBook
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Count D and his exotic pets have a way of changing a person's life for better or for worse. Whether it is fulfilling one's deepest desire or teaching an errant soul an important lesson in life, his magic always comes with a price.


Pet Shop of Horror revolves around a magical pet shop in Chinatown that just happens to sell pet’s that aren’t like your everyday pet. Each volume is divided into a chapters and each chapter tells a single story of an encounter with this pet shop. Some end up happy while others not so much. 

In the 2nd installment of Pet Shop of Horror we are given four new short stories of what happens when people bring home pets from the store. While the main focus is who is really Count D it’s the little bits we get that is intertwined within the stories. First up we have Count D’s trip to the museum with the officer who Is determined to prove he’s a bad guy. In this story the pet in question is actually a living dragon that he’s been nurturing for years. Next up is Dice which is my favorite of the four it follows the story of a girl who parents are murdered and she’s left with temporary blindness. She seeks out a seeing eye dog as well as a bodyguard. Returning home with a man who Count D is determined will protect her at any cost and forms a lifelong friendship. We also have the story of the guy down on his luck with the kitten Lady who turns into a child. Last was the story of the woman who falls off a boat and is turned into a mermaid that proves more than her husband can handle. 

I couldn’t sleep last night so I thought I would try a new manga Pet Shop of Horrors sounded interesting so I figured might as well give it a shot. It’s this creepy concept of a pet shop that happens to not sell traditional pets. Each of the pets really fits into the owner life giving them exactly what they needed at that point in their life and some may not end happy ever after. I have to admit I enjoyed the concept it’s unique and fascinating I had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to know what would happen next. I’m anxious to read the next book so we can learn more about the pet shop but to see what comes out it’s door next. While it may not be a super popular one it’s worth checking out the chapters are perfect for a quick little way to break up the day or just binge reading. 

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