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21st Sep 2008

The Crimson Spell 2

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Okay, anything by Ayano Yamane makes me happy. This release makes me especially happy with the fantasy setting, magical creatures, cursed swords and pretty boys banging each other’s brains out. What more could a fangirl ask for?

Now, they did change one thing from the first release. They changed the spelling of the main character’s name. In the first release, his name was spelled Bald. This lead me to picture things other than a pretty bishy-boy with soft, flowing hair. In the original scanlations, the name was translated as Val. When I sent my review of the first release to Kitty Media and voiced my complaint about the translation, they responded back that they had checked with Yamane and that she prefers the ‘Bald’ translation of his name.

So, after all that, it kind of came as a surprise to see the name changed to Vald in this release. I’m happy to see the change as now I’m not reminded of a bald, sweaty, salary-man when I’m reading. However, given the fact that the change was made without any explanation, I feel it may confuse some readers. I know that I would be confused if I opened a book to find that the main character had a new name.

In this volume, we have more magical creatures and more of demon-boy Vald being banged by Havi. We’re still searching for a way to break Vald’s curse, but there are forces scheming to make sure that Vald stays cursed. Making things more interesting is that Vald is starting to crave Havi’s touch without knowing why. The demon’s wants are starting to break through to Vald’s human psyche and confusing the hell out of him.

I’m hoping that the next volume will be out quickly. Boy-smut fantasy is hard to come by. When I find it, I only want more of it.

Update: At a recent anime convention I was attending, I found out that they re-released the first volume of the series, with the name change. I went to their website to see if Kitty Media had made any announcements about the change in printing, but I found that their website had not been updated since 2007.

The announcement was made at their E-bay store. Which, if you ask me, is a pretty silly place to be making announcements about things like this. On the back of all of their releases, they list their website as kitty-media.com, not their E-bay store.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦♦, Crimson Spell, The, Yamane, Ayano | 3 Comments »

27th May 2008

The Crimson Spell 1

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Kitty Media’s doing pretty good when the only complaint I have is the translation of the lead character’s name. This is a series that I became familiar with through scanlations and the lead character’s name was always translated as Valdigue, or Val for short. Kitty Media translates it as Baldrigr, or Bald for short.

The name Bald just threw me. I kept picturing this aging, balding salaryman in place of the pretty-boy prince that I was supposed to be seeing. It’s a little thing to be cranky over, but it was really starting to bother me halfway through the book. Oh well, at least we have pretty-happy-fantasy smut, courtesy of Ayano Yamane. You have to know going into this that the art is going to be gorgeous and the smut will be graphic. It’s the hallmark of her work.

This time around we have our young Prince Bald, who’s been cursed by a demon sword. To break the curse he seeks out the help of the wizard Havi. During their travels, they pick up Rulka, a rabbit-like flying creature who can turn into a beautiful boy at will.

Now, Havi has always been fascinated by anything magical, so when Bald warns him to stay away from him when he’s sleeping and in danger of turning into his demon form, Havi lets curiosity get the better of him and unleashes the demon.

The demon that is released is super powerful and is channeling energy from somewhere. Havi decides that demon-Bald would be a great way to charge up his magical power and seeks to harness Bald’s demon power.

Yes. Much like an incubus, he’s going to suck the energy out of him through sex. Lots of wild-hot-monkey sex. Demon-Bald likes the sex, human-Bald doesn’t have a clue that his body is being used as a giant battery. But he does find himself becoming oddly attracted to Havi. I guess there are some things that a body just can’t forget.

I swear, I think I’m going to buy just about everything Ayano Yamane releases and be happy with it. Pretty boys and hot smut. I couldn’t ask for anything more!

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