Sunday, July 29, 2012

Manga Review: Jiu Jiu, Vol. 1 [Paperback]

I've finished "Jiu Jiu Vol. 1" by Touya Tobina.

Product Description

Born into a family of “Hunters,” Takamichi's destiny is to pursue and slay demons. When her twin brother is killed, she is saved from despair by a pair of Jiu Jiu — shape-shifting familiars — in the form of two wolf pups named Snow and Night. Now Takamichi is in high school and an active Hunter. Snow and Night can't wait to attend school in their human form to "protect" her. But are they ready to go off leash ...?

Takamichi's Jiu Jiu Obedience Training Goals

1. Stop them from following you to work

2. Avoid exposing them to the full moon

3. Save them from execution

Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for audiences rated teen plus.

About the Author

Touya Tobina is from Tokyo. Her birthday is May 23 and her blood type is O. In 2005, her series Keppeki Shonen Kanzen Soubi (Clean Freak Fully Equipped) won the grand prize in the 30th Hakusensha Athena Shinjin Taisho (Hakusensha Athena Newcomers Awards).

Product Details
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (July 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1421542749
ISBN-13: 978-1421542744

My Review:

Takamichi is born into a family of Hunters and her destiny is to pursue and slay Demons.  In her childhood   her older brother was killed while protecting her.  She becomes destructive and out of control so her dad gave her a couple of Jiu Jiu shape-shifter familiars to take care of.  They are two wolf brother pups and are named Snow and Night.  She has closed herself off and is determined never to feel anything or let anyone get close to her again.

She is now in high school and a full fledge Hunter.  Both Snow and Night can't wait to go to school in their human form to protect her but it's not safe to let them off their leash. Snow and Night both love to play ball and go on walks.  Snow is quite clingy and both love to wake up in the morning naked in bed with Takamachi (Don't worry there isn't anything inappropriate in this manga).

During a couple of fights Takamichi is afraid she will lose both Snow and Night and it opens her eyes that she loves both of them.  She finally admits she needs both of them and that she wants to take care of them.

I didn't like how she treats Snow and Night at first because she's so mean to them and beats them up too.  Snow is a little too clingy, possessive and immature.


Manga in series:

1.  Jiu Jiu Vol. 1
2.  Jiu Jiu Vol. 2 - October 2, 2012
3.  Jiu Jiu Vol. 3 - January 1, 2013

Thanks Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me this manga to review, greatly appreciated!

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