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Beast Master, Vol. 1 by [Motomi, Kyousuke]
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Leo Aoi looks like a crazy animal with wild eyes--and no one at his new high school will go near him! He does seem to have a special connection with animals though, which intrigues overzealous animal lover Yuiko Kubozuka. In reality, Leo isn't as frightening as he appears, but Yuiko finds out that he goes berserk whenever he sees blood! Will Yuiko be able to get through to Leo during these violent fits? Or will Leo's ferocious side eventually devour her?

About the Author

Born on August 1st (a Leo!), Kyousuke Motomi debuted in Betsucomi with Hetakuso Kyupiddo (No Good Cupid) in 2002. She is the creator of Otokomae! Biizu Kurabu (Handsome! Beads Club), and her latest work, Dengeki Deiji (Electric Daisy) is currently being serialized in Betsucomi. Motomi enjoys sleeping, tea ceremonies, and reading Haruki Murakami.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 326335 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media: Shojo Beat (June 7 2011)
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  • Language: English
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Beast Master by Kyousuke Motomi is a two-volume manga aimed for shojo with romance and comedy. The drawings are good and the story is interesting. If you enjoyed this manga, be sure to read the mangaka's other work called Dengeki Daisy, which I found was even better.

Yuiko Kubozuka is a high school student with a strange obsession for animals. She gets so excited when she sees an animal that she scares it off, thus animals hate her.

When a new student with scary eyes named Leo Aoi enters her class, she is fascinated with his likeness to an animal and wants to be his friend. The rest of the class is scared of Leo's eerie looks.

There's a secret though. When Leo sees blood, he does start behaving like a vicious animal, unable to control himself or even remember.

Will Yuiko be up for the challenge of taming Leo? Why has Leo been living in the wilderness for so long? Will Leo ever be tamed?

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ada2138) out of 5 stars A pleasantly optimistic read that belies the lurid superficialities Dec 18 2009
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Seventeen-year-old Yuiko Kubozuka loves animals. Unfortunately, they definitely don't love her back. (She is always trying too hard, apparently, and scares them away.) Then one day--an appropriately stormy one where the rain is falling in sheets and bolts of lightning are lighting up the heavens--she meets him, a boy who is practically a wild animal himself. The boy, as it turns out, is actually a transfer student at Yuiko's school who had been living abroad for many years, and his name is Leo Aoi.

The student body is terrified of the scruffy, much-scarred, and wild-eyed Leo. Yuiko soon learns, however, that Leo is actually more kitten than lion, and the two develop a fast friendship. It's all going swimmingly until Leo manages to get on the wrong side of the wrong crowd. When they try to beat him into submission, he goes berserk, ready to kill everyone in sight with his bare hands. And he would have, too...had Yuiko not intervened to stop his rampage. Apparently only she is capable of stopping him once he sees fresh blood. Will Yuiko be able to keep Leo tame, or will this beast ultimately be the one to take his master's life?

Despite the lurid illustration of a chained and bloodied Leo embracing a sorrowful looking Yuiko from behind, the first volume of Kyousuke Motomi's Beast Master is, like Leo himself, more mellow than monstrous. And, as the title correctly implies, it is more about the "Beast Master" Yuiko herself than it is about Leo. This, like the best sorts of shoujo manga, is about a girl who grows into adulthood. For Yuiko specifically, this means learning how to relate to others in a compassionate way that fulfills their needs and desires, and not just her own, and she gradually comes to realize that smothering someone with affection is not the same as love.

Of course, Leo is an appealing character after his own fashion as well. A dead ringer of L from Death Note, he is a character design type that has won legions of fans around the world, and Motomi almost certainly drew him with his antecedents in mind. Actually, character design is one of this title's strongest assets. Although the quality of the artwork and layouts on its own terms is of the expected standard for mainstream shoujo manga and no more, the mangaka uses just the right combination of supporting character archetypes, from bald gangster to geeky father, to keep up the momentum of the story.

This volume of Beast Master also includes a standalone bonus story titled, "Fly." Unrelated to the main plot, it depicts a young woman who wants to become a pilot even though her parents want her to become a doctor, and with the encouragement of her boyfriend, she decides to follow her dreams. If this manga has a theme, it is that people cannot realize their individual potential alone, and the person to help them along the way is already right beside them. All in all, a pleasantly optimistic read that belies the lurid superficialities. Recommended.

-- Casey Brienza
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aae43cc) out of 5 stars Beauty Within the Beast (3.5 Stars) Dec 5 2009
By Ellen W. - Published on
Format: Paperback
Yuiko has a problem: she loves animals, but she smothers them so much that they hate her. She's kind of like Elmira from "Tiny Toon Adventures", only not insane. One day, a strange boy named Leo rescues Yuiko's cat from a tree. He looks scary, but he seems to get along with animals really well. It turns out that he's a new transfer student at her school. All the other students are afraid of Leo, but Yuiko is interested in him. She finds out that Leo was raised in the wild in a foreign land, which explains his appearance and sensitivity to nature. As they become friends, Yuiko discovers what a sweet guy Leo really is. Until someone makes him angry, that is...

I thought Leo was a great hero. He looks scary when he first shows up, but he ends up being really cute. He's a very light-hearted character. He doesn't understand about social boundaries, and he's openly affectionate to those he likes. It frustrates him that he can't make friends, but he's really happy to have Yuiko and considers her very important to him. Yuiko was fine, but she didn't have as strong a personality. She's pretty much an average-high-school-girl kind of heroine. I did admire the fact that she reaches out to Leo, though, when everyone else shuns him. Some of the minor characters are interesting, too, especially "Boss".

I would've given this manga a higher rating if it hadn't been for the plot. It's episodic, and the episodes don't seem to really lead anywhere. Most of them revolve around showing off Leo's kind and cute nature. He has to rescue Yuiko at least three times during the first volume. I guess it makes it a little more interesting that Leo goes wild with rage when angered, although the nice-guy-with-a-violent-side is kind of cliche. It doesn't help that only Yuiko can reach him when he gets in that state. There's plenty of cliched mushiness like that.

I suggest taking a look at this manga and deciding for yourself whether it's worth reading. Leo's charm may be enough for some. I've just read too many similar shojo to be interested in this.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb657a4) out of 5 stars Endearing, adorable and the cutest short manga you'll ever read. April 9 2011
By Mika Evancarr - Published on
Format: Paperback
Starting from a personal side, I loved this manga. I bought the first one at Barnes & Noble out of curiosity, and the sexy picture on the front. The chains attracted me, and the guy looked simply...Dark, mysterious and gorgeous. Finally, days later, I came across it lying still in the bag, and I decided I had thirty minutes to blow, so I could read it.

The first bit of it caught my attention right off, a cute high school-looking girl, trying to get a cat that apparently, hates her guts. And out of the tree, comes a wild looking male who the cat seems to adore. What makes it more interesting...Is he doesn't speak a word, simply rushes off, wounded. Soon after, the boy transfers to her school, and she wants to thank him for finally catching her cat for her. With a few clumsy mishaps, they start talking, and getting to know each other...But before long, she finds herself being adored by the strange animal boy! She soon finds out that Leo (Animal boy) Has something stange about him, and that he snaps and gets completely brutally violent when he sees blood, and he's scared. What surprises her even more, is the fact she's the only one he'll listen to when snapped in that state!

Learning this, she slowly by slowly takes a liking to the only wild animal that likes her! 'An animal lover hated by animals', 'And a boy with the eyes of a predator and the heart of a teddy bear.' Make an interesting pair in this manga that will keep you rolling in laughter until your sides hurt, have you crying your eyes out at the sincere drama, and 'aww'ing at the thick but sweet and sexy romance! Many adventures are packed into this little twisting story, and you'll feel the emotions as deeply as the characters do! Truly one of the greatest.

The best thing is that it's short, but you feel satisfied! Two books complete the series, and it leaves you without a doubt! I would buy this manga for anyone who wants to get hooked, is hooked already or needs a cheap and quick gift for an anime/manga fan! If you like Dramatic romance, mixed with side busting comedy, suspenseful plot lines and outrageous characters! Kyousuke Motomi's Beast Master is for you. :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cef1a44) out of 5 stars Cute short manga March 2 2012
By ReviewerGirl - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the story of Yuiko, a girl who scares animals and Leo, a boy who scares humans but attracts animals. Leo's looks scare people instantly and even more so when he goes berserk. You see, when Leo see's blood, he blackouts and his primal instincts take over turning him into a raging beast that is unstoppable, that is until Yuiko comes along. She seems to be the only one capable of bringing Leo back when his animal instincts take over.

This story only has two volumes and is very short. Even though there isn't a lot to the story, I still found it enjoyable. The connection with Yuiko and Leo are instantaneous and I think I might have had a tiny issue with it. From the moment that Leo saves a cat that Yuiko unintentionally scared up into a tree they are inseparable. Yuiko tells Leo that she doesn't find him to be scary and those seem to be the magic words to turn him into her loyal puppy dog.
HASH(0x9aaf8780) out of 5 stars beautiful story Jan. 22 2011
By EllieJ - Published on
Format: Paperback
"To protect ourself and what we hold dear, we keep frightening beasts within us."

Summary:Yuiko loves animals and wants them to love her back. Unfortunately animals hate her, she's too...affectionate. No matter what she does, even her own cat runs away. Her friends tell her that if she put that enthusiasm towards a boy, she'd get a boyfriend. The only problem is that in all her seventeen years, she hasn't found any guy interesting. One night a mysterious stranger with blood on his clothes rescues her cat and leaves without a second word. The next day a new student transfer in to her class , it's him. He's rumored to be the beast fighting and almost killing in the area. After she witnesses Aoi losing himself to his inner leopard in a fight she steps in, will he run away from her too?

Yuiko, is unique you could say. She loves animals but her methods are too violent, you could see it from the first two pages. She is brave and kind and understands people well. She sees in Aoi, what other don't see, and finds hims cute and adorable.
Aoi, he's scary, His classmates even describe him as having eyes like a "carnivorous animal." And they are right. He doesn't stop being scary but he starts to get understood. Aoi is drawn beautifully, when he is scary he looks psychotic and when he smiles it all goes away. And his smile was drawn with fangs, sort of, that he looks very sweet and innocent.

The art in this manga was funny and nicely drawn at the same time. You'll lol at just their expressions most of the time. You feel it change, when it's meant to look cute and dreamy and when it's scary you could as smell the blood.

Rarely do you find a short manga that in just two volumes paints a clear picture of the lives of those around you and while reading it makes you fell like you've been part of their world since day one. You see what Yuiko sees and you start understanding Aoi, even if it sometimes goes against reason.