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Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo, Vol. 1 Paperback – February 12, 2008

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Grade 10 Up–While Pet Shop of Horrors is certainly a catchy title, it could be misleading for American audiences who might expect a more traditional type of horror. Some of the people who come to Count D's pet shop are given children instead of pets, or pets who transform into children overnight. These customers manage to suspend their disbelief and their qualms when they learn that the children have magical qualities. They transform their owners' lives into something both astonishing and bittersweet. A mother is killed by her ex-husband, but miraculously saves her child's life in the process. A man and a magical dog save the life of a woman he loves, and in doing so they both die and are reborn. In an extra flashback story, Count D's grandfather provides a special pet for Hitler's lover Eva Braun in the form of a child with blond hair and blue eyes. The black-and-white artwork is eye-catching and dramatic, propelling the story forward. However, some of the text is printed directly over the graphics, rather than in thought or word balloons, and is difficult to read and easy to miss. This is an unusual manga that will leave its readers both satisfied and perturbed.–Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • Series: Pet Shop of Horrors Tokyo (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (February 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427806071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427806079
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By WMHMW on January 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
Well, I have to agree with the person who said; "I wanted to love this, but it really disappointed me." It's quite true. This continuation of Pet Shop of Horrors isn't what I expected, especially looking at Matsuri Akino's previous work. The original was truly one of the most enjoyable manga I had read in a while, and when I learned that it had a sequel, I was looking forward to something just as wonderful as the original. Even though I knew that there was no way Leon, Jill and Chris,who made the prequel so enjoyable, would be there any more, I was sure Miss. Akino would come up with some other characters to fill the void they left.
But sadly, that just didn't happen, and Wu Fei is the kind of guy who, if he's around, just makes a story boring and stiff. I am by no means a fan of perverted jerks, but I have to admit that without Leon, this story just isn't the same anymore.
That said, I suppose you can guess that D's not the same as he used to be either. He just isn't the half-comical, half-serious guy who we saw, sparring playfully with Leon, anymore. He's more like the DVD version represented; wierd and really quite frightening at times. And none of the 'special' animals, like Tetsu, Ten-chan, Pon-chan and Honlon, whom we all knew and loved from the original series get as much page time as they used to. (And Q-chan, one of the cutest animals in the place, turned out to be D's grandfather, so Q-chan's not around anymore either! What a shame!) And with Wu Fei as the D's new 'enemy', the animals have no one to mess around with the way they did with Leon.Apart from that, the stories, too, no longer hold much appeal for me. They don't carry the flavour of the original.
So, all in all, I can say that this sequel isn't what I expected. Even though I will continue reading it, in hope that the stories will brighten up soon, I will probably never enjoy it as much as I did its prequel.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tsubaki-hime on May 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
For those who have no clue, this is the sequel to PET SHOP OF HORRORS -- a ten volume anthology horror series often described as a cross between THE TWILIGHT ZONE and GREMLINS. It was Matsuri Akino's first manga out of her now eleven written, and it is still her most popular.

The original PET SHOP is my favorite manga series, and I strongly recommend reading it before this sequel. However, the new series seems designed so that a new reader can follow quite well, with the relevant back-story being revealed gradually in the manner of clues to a mystery. One can even read the three Tokyo stories ("Domestic", "Double-Booking", and "Dust") without entirely spoiling the first series, if one then wants to try it. Warning: This does not apply to the side story set in Berlin ("Door"), a previously unpublished story written shortly after the conclusion of the original PET SHOP and never published. It assumes knowledge of the first series and is spoilery.

So what is it actually about? Our protagonist "Count D" once ran a pet shop in LA Chinatown which claimed to sell "love and dreams". Of course, the first series was not called PET SHOP OF LOVE AND DREAMS for good reason, and the Pet Shop soon drew the attention of a suspicious LAPD detective, and eventually the FBI. To make a long story short, D eventually departed LA abruptly and under dramatic circumstances.

Now -- several years later -- this same Count D has just opened a new pet shop in "Neo-Chinatown", a Chinese-themed mall in the Tokyo red light district of Shinjuku. As in the first series, each individual story tells us of one of D's customers and his/her new pet. Meanwhile, D acquires a new ongoing nemesis/foil in building manager Woo-Fei Rau, the son and heir of the owner, a Shanghai business tycoon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elisa Ventura on April 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
Absolutely Beautiful
I have already seen the manga in Japanese. A friend of mine had it. It is on the Shonen-Ai side. But the story is different from any other you have seen and it is beautifully drawn. I hope amazon could sell the art book of these series. A have seen de DVD also it have the 4 stories of the manga that are more on the horror side, but the manga have many more stories, some are romantic ,some are funny some are sweet , some are sad, you won't get bored. Now I'm buying it in English because I want to read the stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy on October 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
First: I wanted to love this. I really did. PSOH is my favorite manga series, and I didn't want to be that person who never believes the sequel can be as good as the original, because anybody who's watched "The Godfather Part II" knows that doesn't always hold true. I was incredibly excited when this hit the shelves.

Now? Not so much. The stories don't pull me in, nor do the new characters: one in particular is a tired retread of a fan favorite from the previous series (no spoilers, so I won't say who or how, but if you read, you'll figure it out pretty quickly). And the art isn't anywhere near Akino's usual standards: it looks more like she's phoning it in while working on other projects at the same time. Put a page from this series next to a page from the original, and you'll see there is no comparison.

The first run of the series left a lot of room at the end of volume 10 for a great continuation. This is not that continuation. I'm disappointed; I'll just have to go back and re-read the original PSOH, and remember why I fell in love with it in the first place.

Two stars just because it's great to see Count D in print again, but I wish I could have given it more.
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