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27th May 2008

Hybrid Child

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

This is a story that I fell in love with a few years ago when I read the scanlations of it. If you’re a fan of bittersweet stories that will pluck at your heartstrings, then this is definitely something you want to add to your collection.

The book revolves around a collection of stories about these hybrid children and their owners. A hybrid child is a mechanical person, who only grows and matures through the love of their owners. As in the case of Chobits, we’re left questioning if mechanical beings can have feelings. A hybrid child is supposed to mirror its owner’s feelings. In one of the stories, a hybrid child is unable to grow because his owner is just showing him the sweet and innocent parts of life. When the hybrid child is introduced to some of the darkness in his owner’s soul he begins to grow and become a full companion.

There are two stories in the book that really get to me. They make me tear up every time I read them. The first story in the book revolves around a rich, spoiled young man by the name of Kotaro, who finds a hybrid child thrown out in the trash and takes him home. His family tries three times to throw the hybrid child away, but each time Kotaro finds him and brings him back home.

Trouble is that Kotaro’s hybrid child, Hazuki, was the very first hybrid child that was released for sale to the general public. That being said he’s got a few problems. Hazuki is deteriorating and all of Kotaro’s money can’t save him.

Kotaro brings Hazuki to Kuroda, the person who created the hybrid children to see if anything can be done to save him. Kuroda gives Kotaro a slim chance to save Hazuki if he can find and bring back a rare item that he has to collect himself. Kuroda never does find the item, even though he put more effort into looking for something to save Hazuki than he has ever put into anything else ever. In doing so, he and Hazuki find their true feelings for each other.

It’s just all kinds of bittersweet, sad, endearing and lots of other great adjectives.

The last story in the book revolves around Kuroda, the creator of the hybrid children, and just why he started making these humanoid dolls. It’s a sad tale, set right before the Meiji restoration. Lots of period clothing for me to drool over and a truly tragic tale.

Seriously, this book is right up top on my list of favorites that June has released. The artwork is gorgeous, the stories are endearing and you’re left wanting more. I really couldn’t ask for anything else.

Posted by Cynthia | Posted in ♦♦♦♦♦, Hybrid Child, Nakamura, Shungiku | Comments Off on Hybrid Child