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Mini Review: Moon Boy (Vol. 06)

Moon Boy (Vol. 06) – YoungYou Lee
Published by Yen Press

Every time I think I have the plot of this figured out, half a dozen characters show up to confuse me all over again. Sad thing is, they’re the same characters who’ve been confusing me for several volumes now! Rabbits, foxes, magic and Tribes, plus some vampiric tendencies, make for a fairly interesting plot premise, but at this point a rather messy one, and while this book does attempt to advance the plot, I found it lacked the character charm that made me enjoy the previous volume.

Fortunately, a side story following the back-story of two of the secondary characters was this book’s saving grace and I actually really enjoyed it, prompting me to return to older volumes to revisit them as they are now.

The artwork continues to teeter between annoying me when character designs mesh together or anatomical inconsistencies abound, to making me stare with much attentive love at the fine detailing and sharp use of contrasting black and whites. I withhold earlier thoughts however that I find the art much more appealing via the attractive chapter covers than at any point during the story itself where the art tends to veer more to its flaws than its charms.

Moon Boy altogether continues to be a series I have a lot of trouble following but it manages to muster those few moments that keep me caring just enough to keep going.

Review written February 10, 2009 by Lissa Pattillo
Book provided by Yen Press for review purposes

About the Author:

Lissa Pattillo is the owner and editor of Residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia she takes great joy in collecting all manners of manga genres, regretting that there's never enough time in the day to review or share them all. Along with reviews, Lissa is responsible for all the news postings to the website and works full time as a web and graphic designer.

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2 Responses

  1. […] Disciple on vols. 1-7 of Mirai Nikki (Tiamat’s Manga Reviews) Lissa Pattillo on vol. 6 of Moon Boy (Kuriousity) Erica Friedman on vol. 2 of My-Hime (Okazu) Julie on vol. 1 of The Name of the Flower […]

  2. I've given up trying to make any sense out of this series to be honest. The premis was pretty good, and i have to admit it piqued my interest. But it has everything a series shouldn't have, and none of the things it should have.

    I dont think i've seen a worse series for inconsistent character designs, or for a story thats trying to tell everything at once.

    Sadly we'll never know the ending, unless Yen manage to relicense the series. Volume 6 was the last one that IceK had so either way it'll be a while before we hear any more from it.

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