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Grand Guignol Orchestra, Vol. 2: Tragédie Lyrique by [Yuki, Kaori]
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Now that Lucille and the musicians know what they are up against (the zombie-esque Guignols!), they have to figure out how to stop them! Kaori Yuki's new epic adventure offers up not one but two new storylines to savor with "The Queen and the Jester" and the title story, "Tragédie Lyrique." Is the orchestra any closer to stopping the Guignol infestation?

About the Author

Kaori Yuki was born in Tokyo, Japan, and started drawing at a very early age. Following her debut work Natsufuku no Erie (Erie in Summer Uniform) in the Japanese magazine Bessatsu Hana to Yume (1987), she wrote a compelling series of short stories: Zankoku na Douwatachi (Cruel Fairytales), Neji (Screw), and Sareki Ôkoku (Gravel Kingdom). As proven by her best-selling series Angel Sanctuary and The Cain Saga, her celebrated body of work has etched an indelible mark in the gothic comics genre. She likes mysteries and British films, and is a fan of the movie Dead Poets Society and the show Twin Peaks.

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  • Publisher: VIZ Media: Shojo Beat (Aug. 8 2011)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9f3bfa74) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ed17ae0) out of 5 stars Classily made, with terrific art March 9 2011
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The Grand Guignol Orchestra consists of four people: Eles (who's really a girl named Celestite disguised as a boy), Lucille, Kohaku, and Gwindel. They're traveling musicians, but they don't just play music. They fight zombie-like creatures known as guignol. As they say, sometimes musicians have to take on more than one job.

Lucille and Eles are center-stage in the book, with Kohaku and Gwindel remaining in the background throughout most of it. Lucille (who is a man, despite the name) is the leader of the group and a flamboyant character to say the least, always more than ready to dress in drag and proud of it. At the beginning, Eles is used as bait to attract zombies, and sure enough, she's soon surrounded by them. What concerns her, though, is that one zombie girl is able to talk and seems more like a girl than a zombie. Is she savable? Eles isn't able to find out, because the zombie girl is killed.

The characters have to go on to meet with the queen, who happens to be Lucille's younger sister. There doesn't seem to be much love in this family, as Lucille once betrayed her and she made him kill people in return. Lucille and Eles are then sent to a nunnery (disguised as nuns themselves in a different sort of twist on clothing fanservice) to investigate something called a black oratorio. While they're there, one of the nuns gets murdered. Another nun insists it was suicide, but Lucille and Eles aren't fooled. They need to figure out what's going on here. Does it have to do with the zombies or something else?

Like the first volume (and much of Kaori Yuki's other work) this volume is dark, ornate, and edgy. The art is probably the best part, because it sets up the stylish but creepy atmosphere. The presence of the guignol aren't as pronounced in this book as in the last one, since a good portion here takes place in a convent. The idea of the zombie girl being turned back into a girl is an interesting concept, but so far it hasn't been developed further than the idea being mentioned. Although the very idea of zombies is bound to sound gory and unpleasant, Grand Guignol Orchestra is classily made. There's only a little bit of gore, and somehow Yuki gets it to fit in with the design and not look too extreme.

-- Danica Davidson
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HASH(0x9ed17b34) out of 5 stars Yuki's best series yet. Feb. 21 2011
By Michiru - Published on
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"Grand Guignol Orchestra" follows a small orchestra of rogues who travel from town to town in a country ravaged by "guignols," doll-like zombies, in search of a cure to the guignol plague, destroying guignols where they can. Volume 2 doesn't have many guignols in it; instead, the story is a mystery as Lucille, the orchestra's vocalist, and Eles, the pianist, infiltrate a palace and then a church. As Lucille and Eles solve a murder and look for clues for the guignol cure, their relationship deepens, and we find out more about Lucille's dark and bloody history.

Kaori Yuki has always been a talented storyteller, but as she's gathered experience as a manga creator, she's learned more and more about how to pace her writing. GGO does a perfect job of mixing mystery, action, character development, and then dangling bits of world/character history in front of readers in just the right places. Kudos to her for constant improvement.

Her art remains drool-worthy. GGO takes place in a world inspired by Rococo France, letting Yuki draw gorgeous clothes; elaborate architecture with detailed pillars, furniture and art; and period pieces like old-fashioned carriages and auditoriums. This being manga fantasy in a fictional country, Yuki also adds touches like modern machine guns and the ever-popular maid uniforms for fun.

Great story, interesting characters, and some of the best art in shoujo manga today. I'd suggest GGO for fans of post-apocalyptic stories, horror/zombie fans looking for something a little different, fans who read manga/comics for the art, and fans of historical mystery.
HASH(0x9ed17e10) out of 5 stars It's alright Dec 1 2012
By Jude - Published on
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[Also available on my blog.]

I remember liking the first volume of this quite a bit, and wanting to know more about the characters, but this volume was not all that exciting or good for me. Maybe it's because I waited so long to read it, but I'm not as excited for it as before. I still plan to finish the series, since there are only five books, and I love Kaori Yuki, but it might take me a while.

There's quite a bit of violence and killing of zombies (among others) in this book, but that's not a surprise, since this is a zombie manga. Also, Yuki usually has some violent things happening in her books.

In the first two chapters, we see some of Lucille's (the vocalist's) past. He had two friends when he was little, but there was some kind of spat that they have not moved on from. And then the group is summoned to see the queen, whom they are working for. The queen is a bit crazy, and not at all happy with Lucille. Because she is his childhood friend, as is the guy working for her, who spars with Lucille, because the queen loved(loves?) Lucille, while the other guy loves her and only ever wanted her to pay attention to him. So, the queen's a bit psychotic, and the guy should have smarted up, and there isn't a very happy ending to this plot. Although I'm sure we'll be seeing her again, since she did not die, and the group is still working for her.

In the last two chapters, Lucille and Eles (the actually-a-girl pianist and protagonist of the series) have to go undercover as nuns at some convent, where some suspicious things have been happening. And, yea, some pretty suspicious things happen, because the head nun and their `goddess' or whatever are crazy, and they don't like it when people question them, like Lucille and Eles have been doing. There's a killer piano, and some hidden keys and some guy in a mask is sneaking around and watching Lucille and the group (the other two are sleeping in the car, away from the convent). The guy in the mask is, I'm pretty sure, their old pianist, and he's upset with all of them.

The volume ends with a cliffhanger, of the masked guy holding a knife to Eles' neck, threatening Lucille, and kind of/somewhat telling us (Eles) that Lucille is hiding things, and he plans to maybe make Eles a sacrifice in order to overthrow the queen? I'm not too clear on that, but I'm sure that it will be cleared up in the next volume. Looking forward to that, a bit.

Thinking back on the book now, I am still a bit curious about the past of the other characters, although I wasn't while reading. This book wasn't that bad. It was a bit messy, but Yuki tends to write books with storylines that are a little messy, and I don't mind too much; it's still rather interesting.

It might take a while, but I do plan on getting the next volume, and reading the rest of the series.
HASH(0x9ed8b348) out of 5 stars ... brand new arrived on time if not early cheap great deal ♥ Oct. 6 2014
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Basically brand new arrived on time if not early cheap great deal ♥