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From Tokyopop: A smoke-filled alley in Chinatown harbors Count D's Pet Shop. The pets sold here aren't your everyday variety and the Count prides himself on selling Love and Dreams in the form of magical creatures that come with an exclusive contract. But buyers beware. If the contract is broken the Count cannot be held accountable for whatever may happen. A fascinating and macabre look into the very soul of human nature.
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i've just read the 4th book, and i'll tell you guys... those who love the horror genre for manga, this one really gives me chills, i mean this is the best.c",)
Petshop of Horrors is quite an excellent series; mixing seinen-style psychological musings with shoujo-style art and character interactions to result in what is undoubtedly one of the most interesting josei manga yet to be introduced to the English-speaking world.
The nature of the human psyche and the effects that human actions have upon the environment is discussed very cleverly, and the mangaka has taken care not to be too negative in her attitude towards either subject.
The various mythical beasts featured possess original personalities and intiguing powers, and the effects they have upon their owners are always unpredictable. The 3 protagonists -- Count D, Leon and Christopher, bring great vitality to the story through their mutual relationships, which are pleasant, endearing and occasionally amusing.
I readily recommend Petshop of Horrors to readers who enjoy psychological manga that are light-hearted in mood but profound in meaning.
... Last updated on May 20th, 2011, 6:21am
Petshop of Horrors
This is an excellent manga and will appeal to anyone who likes the occult, magic, fantasy and mystery. However, creepy stories alone won't keep an audience and it is the relationship and interactions between Detective Orcot and Count D that keeps me coming back for more. The manga becomes much more emotionally charged and light-hearted with the inclusion of a character such as Orcot. I would have given this manga a rating of 10 if it wasn't for the rushed ending. The mystery surrounding the Count proved to be quite anti-climatic.
Beautiful Piece of work.
I like the fact that the author is very knowledgeable about the animals she used in her story, she even had a small summary describing what the animals are. I like the fact that since the story revolves around D, all the titles of the chapters starts with the letter D. The animals drawn in this manga are very exotic and beautiful. Even if it's just plain black and white, for some reason the way they're drawn make it look...colorful. You can even imagine your own colors for them.
No doubt this manga carries a good amount of humor between Count D and Orcot. And not only that though Orcot really tries his best to catch D in his acts (and he couldn't), it's really nice how considerate D is towards Orcot, such as giving him plants that'll take a bullet for him, advice on animals, and what not. This manga also carries a good amount of mysterious-ness that involves different characters and how it brings out the hate in each character.
Beautiful manga. If you're looking for a manga that's both humorous but deep, this manga is strongly recommended.
Best modern fantasy ever!
It's very difficult to find a modern fantasy that isn't stereotypical or boring. Pet Shop of Horrors is anything but stereotypical, and it's certainly far from boring. The ideas that drive it are refreshing and unique, and the art is exquisite. The interconnected stories that make up the plot are like moral fables, showing how human foibles can make the most beautiful things ugly. There's plenty of horror and dark content, but there's also romance and some surprisingly light comedy. No matter what you want, you'll find it in this series -- Akino-sensei really has created a masterpiece!
The ecological core of Cound D's personal philosophy is very compelling. He's a sort of crusader that embodies nature's ferocity and indifference, as well as its grace and beauty. How he struggles with his lineage and his family's ideas is what I find most interesting; it is evident that with Chris and Leon, D has begun to feel affection for the human race, not just hatred.
Incredibly addictive and interesting stuff. Don't miss this!
... Last updated on July 11th, 2007, 3:13am
Intriguing story and gorgeous art.
I picked up volume 1 of Pet Shop of Horrors at my local library few years ago and was hooked at first read. The art was stunning and the characters were unique, though the story was hardly horrifying. The self-contained, episodic plots mean you can read books in any order and can still understand the gist of it, which was great for me because I was borrowing the books from the library instead of reading them online. It was only in the later volumes that reading them in order was a better way, especially when Count Dís past was revealed. Count D was one of the most mysterious and memorable manga characters Iíve ever read, varying from whimsical to downright scary (the only scary aspect of the series) when he offered an arm in order to obtain a totetsu. The fantastical creatures were another fascinating aspect of this manga, since I wasnít familiar with them. The relationship between D and Leon was hilarious, and between Chris and the ďpetsĒ were really heartwarming. The only complaint I have of this manga is that it was too short (even though 10 volumes for some other manga are way too long). But there is a Shin Pet Shop of Horrors set in Tokyo, which I have not read but will do in the near future.
... Last updated on March 22nd, 2012, 6:46pm
Unpredictable and brilliant
Very hard to predict what will happen. but still a very good read and i highly recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy and indirect humor. the main characters are very likable and fun, plus their relationship with each other is funny and very interesting. (The count Is more less a suspect in every case.) 3 rules when you buy the pet. note that though it has humor it sometimes turn dark, very dark.
Left an impression
Ever since I read this manga, I've been getting dreams of myself as a customer at a strange pet shop with never-ending hallways, exotic pets, and a strangely beautiful Asian man.
In my dream, I got an "angel" as a pet (the dream ended badly). Anyways, this manga series has really "silky" and smooth art--it fits the exotic series perfectly. In many ways, this manga reminded me of my other favorite manga, XXXHolic by Clamp. Both were highly intriguing, with main characters that you can't pin down as good or evil.
It was an awesome experience reading through this.
... Last updated on March 19th, 2014, 4:57pm
I don't normally read manga like this, but I was plesantly surprised at how good it was, after chapter 1 I was hooked and thus managed to complete all 10 volumes in a day, if you are unsure as wether to read it or not, I would definitely give it a try, I am sure you wouldn't be dissapointed.
One of the best mangas I've ever read and one of my favorites. Beautiful art, excellent stories, great characters. The effort mangaka put in research, the obvious love for her work, the details, the ideas behind the stories - it's fascinating. Also, the ending probably is the best I've ever read in a manga. I'm rereading it every few months and it never gets boring. It's the study of human nature which makes you sad and gives you hope at the same time. Highly, highly recommended.