Archive for the 'ZE' Category

17th Sep 2010

ZE 5

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

There’s something gorgeously over the top about Yuki Shimizu’s works. They go right to the edge of being over-blown and over-dramatic without crossing that very fine line. I end up falling in love with all of her couples, even the ones that I’m convinced I’m going to hate.

So, in case you couldn’t figure it out, I didn’t think I was going to like the new couple that she introduced in this volume. Moriya, a kami, was supposed to return to hakushi, after his master died – but, instead he asked to be able to continue to serve. All other kotodamashi have a kami serving them, except for the exile, Ryuusei, who refuses to use his kotodama powers.

Of course, this causes drama and a boatload of sexual tension. Which in turn makes me salivate at the thought of the next volume coming out, so I can read the rest of this couples story. It’s all a plot to get me to fork over most of my paycheck to booksellers.

Sadly, it’s working. I’m right on board, drinking the kool-aid. As long as the releases that 801 keeps putting out are of this high quality, I see no rescue in site. Is there a 12 step program for those of us who have a book addiction?

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07th Sep 2010

ZE 4

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

I really do love Yuki Shimizu. There’s no one that does angst better.

Case in point, take Genma, a man who’s been in love with his father’s Kami-Sama, Himi, for years, and finally has his feelings reciprocated – only to have Himi murdered, and in a wash of tears and paper, revert back to a paper doll.

Then have Himi reincarnated, only with no memory of Genma, just feelings of gratitude and servitude. It’s enough to bring tears to your eyes, or at least make me want to curl up with the entire series and pledge my eternal devotion to Yuki Shimizu.

Then throw in a story featuring some pervy twins, and their Kami, and you’ve got a threesome made in fangirl heaven.

If I haven’t convinced you to run out and get this series by now, there’s nothing I can say or do to convince you otherwise, but you’re truly missing out. This is everything that I love about this genre, and it’s truly one of my all time favorite things.

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19th Oct 2009

ZE 3

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Yuki Shimizu isn’t on the top of most people’s list of favorite manga artists. Heck, she don’t even get on my top ten list most of the time. That’s a shame because the art is amazing and the stories always suck me in.

Her work isn’t as flashy nor as graphic as some of the artists and that’s the only reason I can think of why people aren’t clamoring over her work. I just know that every time I get done reading one of her releases, I’m happy and left counting the days until the next volume will be mailed to me.

This series isn’t quite as crack-like as Love Mode, the series that Shiumizu is really well known for, but I’m finding it to be just as addictive as my beloved Love Mode.

In this volume, we’re exploring what happens to a kami-sama when their kotodama-sama dies. Normally, the kami-sama chooses to die as well–reverting to a blank state. In the case of Himi, when his master passed away, his sense of obligation forces him to become a kami-sama for his old masters estranged son, Genma.

Gema has a different way of showing his affection than his father did. The physicality of Gema’s affection is something foreign to Himi. At first, Himi wants nothing to do with this brutish new master, but, of course, he starts to see the good in Genma and begins to fall for him.

I’m happy to see backgrounds for more of the Mitou family. I’m happy to have this series in print and in English. I can’t sing the praises of this one highly enough. It’s just wonderful on all levels.

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03rd May 2009

ZE 2

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦

Oh, sweet and gorgeous angst! You’re back! It’s funny because if you ask me who my favorite manga authors are, Yuki Shimizu is never one of the first ones that comes to mind. Yet, whenever I pick up one of her releases, I remember exactly why I adore her. That’s not even getting into the fact that this release plays on some of my all-time favorite themes. Namely, someone who’s not fully human trying to comprehend human emotions and finding out that even as someone who’s not fully human, they have the capacity to love.

So, Raizou and Kon are trying to figure out how their relationship is going to work now that Kon has accepted Raizou being his kotodama. Problem is that Raizou keeps treating Kon as a human and Kon doesn’t quite know how to deal with that. Throw in Kon’s healing ability only being able to work when his mucus membranes touch Raizou’s, the easiest way to do that is with a kiss, and you’ve got Raizou in a state of sexual frustration.

Kon’s ready and willing to let Raizou work off some steam with him, but Raizou wants more than just a quick grind. And, there’s the fact that Raizou’s hung like a horse. Something that freaks Kon out the first time he sees it.

It’s fun, it’s wonderfully silly and angsty and OMG!fantastic. I never get tired of her releases.

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22nd Mar 2009

ZE 1

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

Oh, Yuki Shimizu. I thought I was going to be left bereft of your style of crack once we saw the last volume of Love Mode. I had forgotten that you had done other series and, this is pretty sad, because I know I have the scanlations for this somewhere on the mess that I call a computer.

I’m so very, very happy to have you back!

Ze is an odd series. People who are looking for a re-make of Love Mode will be quite disappointed. It does have a large cast of characters, but that’s where the similarities end. There’s Raizou, who is left destitute after the death of his grandmother. To support himself, he accepts a position as a housekeeper/cook at the Mitou estate.

Things aren’t exactly as they seem in the Mitou house. The residents aren’t fully human. They’re kami or healers. Meant to heal and protect their masters, kotodama. Without a master, the kami are left to be exploited and without a true purpose.

Raizou’s roommate, Kon, is without a master. Rauzou, once he gets a grasp on the situation, puts himself in place to become Kon’s master as a way of protecting him. Now, it’s just a matter of getting Kon to realize his sincerity.

It all sounds very odd and slightly far-fetched, but if there’s one thing that Shimizu is good at, it’s sucking you into a story and making you believe no matter what the situation is. I think with Shimizu, you either fall in love with the stories after your first read and are a devoted reader, or you find them too unbelievable and never become a fan. I’ve never met anyone who was on the fence when it comes to her work.

Place me firmly in the devoted fan category!

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