The Betrayal Knows My Name, Vol. 1 Paperback – Jun 28 2011
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About the Author
Hotaru Odagiri is a Japanese manga artist who started out on the boys' love side of Japanese comics. Among her works in this genre, Only the Ring Finger Knows and Time Lag were published in English editions, and the former was a top seller in the American market. Odagiri has been working on the ongoing The Betrayal Knows My Name since 2005.
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(4/5) Yuki was abandoned as a baby in an orphanage. He has a strange power where he can look into the deepest and darkest thoughts of a person by touching them. One day, he meets a strange man named Zess and a group of people called the Giou Clan. The Giou Clan has had a thousand year war with the Duras (demons). They have the answers to his power and perhaps a meaning to his existence.
Now from the get-go, the story doesn't seem very original or particularity interesting. It doesn't help that the back summary is so vague. Though what I found to be the most different in this story - about a group fighting otherworldly demons - is they're the same people reincarnated over and over. Personally, I love stories about reincarnations. The whole reason to why they were reincarnated, their past, the people they knew, if they differ from their past lives or not, etc - all these things really appeal to me and are chock-full of potential story lines and mysteries to be uncovered. Add that to an entire group that's been reincarnated over and over, and you can count me in!
The first couple of chapters started off really slow, but after the revelations about the Duras and Giou Clan and the introduction of the other characters, the story started to become good! The Betrayal Knows My Name volumes are pretty huge (this one was 365 pages long and larger than your stranded manga). These volumes are actually two volumes in one of the Japanese edition. That was good, considering the first volume was pretty slow and unsatisfying, but added with second volume, it was very satisfying.
(4/5) Yuki Sakurai is our main character. He's gentle and kind to a fault, but he's also very lonely.Read more ›
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Yuki has a power where he can see/feel what others are feeling or traumatic pasts. It is a bit debilitating, but he figures he can live with it and figure out what to do. He was orphaned at birth, and is honestly a genuinely good person. He reminds me of the Tohru from Fruits Basket, expect I find Yuki less annoying. He's so good and knows just what to say, that's where I drew the similarities from. Anyway he starts meeting these new people, and then suddenly he almost gets hit by a speeding car, these are just the beginnings for Yuki as he discovers he does have family, and is a part of something much bigger than he could ever imagine.
The characters are all fantastic, for someone who isn't used to reading mangas, you might want to pay really close attention because some of the blonde characters are similar. However the artist was fantastic, and so detailed, I was really happy and am now looking to see if there's any more works by Hotaru Odagiri. I am very upset that I have to wait until December for the second volume to come out, but will be consoling myself with the anime.
Ok now for the yaoi aspect, there really wasn't one. We get the feeling that Luka and Yuki were intimate in Yuki's past life, but Yuki was a girl, now as a boy there is a bit of affection and flirting, but nothing that would qualify it as a yaoi or even boy love territory. I have hopes, I mean remember Yellow didn't get anything until the fourth volume, but even if nothing comes of it, the plot is so fantastical that it would still make my top manga list. I highly recommend, and you can't beat Amazon's price. Enjoy!
First off, This is an Omnibus edition ie.2 volumes in one! and the size of the book is larger and thicker than the regular manga sizes (this is my first omnibus book)with a nice lovely cover and four color inserts. So worth the price!!
I saw the anime first and reading the manga is so much better for me because the story is better developed and we see more into Luka's mysterious past. Plus the art is so beautiful!!!! Hotaru Odagiri's art never ceases to amaze me *___* the way she draws those characters is just stunning, smooth-clear lines and very attractive characters who don't look alike(that's very common in many mangakas...they tend to have look alike characters a lot~_~) she's the only one who can make me fall in love with a drawing lol the story is full of action, tender moments, friendship, strong bonds and it also deals a lot with the fear of being alone or losing that precious someone.
I should also mention that I had a huge dislike for Yuki(the main character) in the anime but now that I finished reading my manga, I happily realized that i like Yuki! He's not that annoying, whining or miserable in the manga as he is in the anime. I could appreciate him for what he is: a gentle soul yet strong at the same time. I love all the characters, very unique in their own way, even the chef of the Twilight Hall and the Dr. pervert are very likeable hehe this manga can be very funny at times and very sad too.
Even though this is a shoujo manga, for yaoi fans, the BL hints are marvelous but never crossing the line. All in all, I'm quite content with the friendship and heart warming feelings that this manga evokes among its characters. Can't wait for the next release, a nice manga in my collection indeed!
Just be warned that it can get a bit wordy at times. Much like Shoujo manga, there is a lot of introspection and soul searching on the part of the characters.
Verdict: the manga has already proven to be miles better than the anime.
There is so much more character development and the story is told much better through this medium. The art is stunning - from the facial expressions to the settings, everything seems to fit and flow smoothly. (Also, I appreciate the fact that Luka has more lines than just, "Are you okay?" Haha.)
I am utterly intrigued and hooked by the story here. Yuki, a young boy who was orphaned as a baby, has a strange power: when he touches people, he sees flashes of their memories. He doesn't know where this power comes from or why he has it, but it's shaped him into quite a compassionate person. One classmate, Uzuki, doesn't see it that way, though, and is infuriated with Yuki's attitude. Uzuki's rage unknowingly opens him up to being possessed by a demon - referred to as a Duras - and he attempts to kill Yuki...but Yuki is saved by a mysterious man who seems to know him. After that night, Yuki's life seems to be flooded with people who know who he is - but how?
Be warned that the build-up for this story is very slow. I have spoken to some people who have managed to read the original Japanese manga and apparently, even after 9 or so volumes, there are still heaps of questions. Hopefully this means the mangaka will make this a very long series! It deserves to be so - there are so many characters to learn about and stories to be told that I would be content to have this series be a good 20 or so volumes. Heh.
My one complaint is that whoever translated this felt the need to keep putting ellipses in nearly every speech bubble. The problem with this is that I still read the ellipses as part of the speech, and it makes all the characters seem like they have mild speech disorders with the constant pausing. I have no idea if that would bother anyone else - it's probably a pretty personal issue - but if you also have a tendency to take ellipses literally, be forewarned that this translator is having a love affair with them.
Original and intriguing story, wonderful characters, beautiful art...this is definitely a must-read for manga fans! (And for Boy's Love fans, the hints are certainly there - I'm holding out hope that the hints become something more in future volumes!)