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Meet Pamela, a tarot card reader who helps supernatural beings living in the human world. She'll help anyone, whether they're a love-stricken cat, a vampire spending eternal life running from his one true love, an unattractive waitress looking for the man of her dreams, or even a magician who creates a humanoid doll to serve the woman he loves. Although Pamela is good-natured, there is a deep dark secret that she must deal with before she can move on to the next life.
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Started off interesting even though the stories weren't exactly innovative. But then later on, I started to get a bit bored when the story focused in the main plot/Pamela. I understand everyone's reason for liking Pamela but at the same time, I don't. She isn't interesting to me nor can I see the appeal in her character yet many of the reoccurring male characters love her.
The ending was better than expected. It wasn't dissatifying but it's also a bit forgettable.
... Last updated on June 25th, 2014, 5:11pm
The Tarot Cafe consists of self contained stories, some interesting, most... not so much. The main problems are that said stories easy overshadow the main plot and the way the story is told - via tarot card readings.
While it is indeed somewhat original, it quickly gets in the way of enjoying the manga - unless you already know tarot, having to read card descriptions AND interpretation of the main protagonist, Pamela is really, really annoying. It also makes her look like a pretentious, know-it-all character, which is by no means something I like.
Who knows, maybe there's something interesting later on. Maybe, I couldn't bear the poor way this story is told. 4/10
A group of sophisticated love stories
It has angst for sure, but with the short subplots, it can pull it off. The main plot is slow, as it only gets attention between the customers' tales. This is good for Josei lovers who read Josei for other reasons than smut. The art is fantastic, but the male characters suffer a major case of womanhood, meaning they all look like chicks. It's gothic, but not overly so. I would definitely suggest it for fans of the Pet Shop of Horrors series.
different in a good way
I really enjoyed this manga. It was interesting and different. There was just the right amount of darkness in it so that it wasnt depressing. It had romance in it. And the art once you get used to it is absolutly beatiful. I liked it very much. I really loved the characters, even belus (actualy i think he was my favorite for some twisted reason) and i liked hearing everyone's story and problems and then finaly how everything worked out. That being said it does have some defects. Some parts were a little confusing and sometimes i was wondering why something happened. The ending was good but i would have prefered a little more. It wraped up everything nicely but it could have been a little better in my opinion. All in all i would say it is worth the read.
One of its kind
Beautiful drawings, the story begins nicely to hook the reader and then we deepen into the main protagonist past life & love life... Well, compared to everything we're used to read, this one definitely stands out.
I must admit that what initially intrigued me about this manhwa were the BL elements and short stories within a story format not unlike One Thousand And One Nights. However, what really made this manhwa stand out to me turned out to be the main story. It's a rarity in the sense that demons actually act like you'd expect demons would, yet it's neither horribly dark nor over dramatic. There's a sense of excitement in the way the artist is capable of weaving together such a twisted love story that is simultaneously heart warming. It's certainly a unique must-read for fans of romances that seek something fresh and new!
... Last updated on July 10th, 2011, 11:32pm
The Tarot Café consists of some self-contained stories in which the main character, Pamela, reads tarot cards and advises her clients, as well as the main story unfolding Pamela’s tragic past and the subsequent events happening in the present.
The high contrast of the art (mostly black-and-white inking and gothic decorations) fit the story and adds the fantasy element to it. The characters are beautiful, androgynous, and appealing, albeit difficult to distinguished in terms of gender.
I agree with some of the reviewers that the main story is a bit confusing and a little rushed, but that is only because of the production hiatus as well as the deal with Tokyopop to end the series quickly. But as I hate series that drags on and redundant in plot (ie Skip Beat and The Wallflower), TTC ends where it should be.
TTC is highly enjoyable, intriguing, and at times melodramatic, I would recommend it to those who likes romance, fantasy, supernatural, and does not mind the episodic nature of the story.
One of the best shonen-ai I ever read. Answering the commenter below mine: there are a lot of gay couples because the genre is Shonen-ai. You choose the wrong genre to read, if you dislike gay couples you shouldn't read shounen ai nor yaoi. The story is amazing, is a very interesting mix of supernatural, horror, romance and a very well made shonen-ai. The art is beautiful and the bishounens are delicious. Strongly recommend.
... Last updated on May 26th, 2010, 7:17am
If only it didn't feature homoxexuality
I am just voicing my opinion here. I thought this was good...but why are gay people in it Like I don't care if it's minor, but it's obviously a major component of this book! There are a bunch of gay couples. I have nothing to hold against homosexuality but I don't like it when the author mix with normal romance. I don't know, it really really bothers me... Ughhh....
This is a manhwa where the individual "stories" easily overshadow the main story. The author was able to deftly weave engaging stand-alone stories through the main story through Volumes 1 to 4. The art was great and the revelation of Pamela's background was cleverly laid out piece by piece. The groundwork was there for a great conclusion. Or so I thought. Volumes 5 and 6 started the downward spiral in terms of the main story's plot and pace. It may very well have been due to the hiatus of the series but the main story was so heavily rushed that nothing ended up making sense. It felt as if the author was compelled to make everything connect for the sake of ending the story. Which is a shame because the first half held so much potential. But this takes nothing away from the interesting, albeit mostly bittersweet, short stories that are peppered throughout the series, which alone elevate this series to a 6 for me.