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ゴッドチャイルド (1) (edition 2001)

by 由貴 香織里, 由貴 香織里 (著)

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Title:ゴッドチャイルド (1)
Authors:由貴 香織里
Other authors:由貴 香織里 (著)
Info:白泉社 (2001), コミック, 166 pages
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Godchild, Volume 1 by Kaori Yuki

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Cain is a young nobleman in 19th century England. The son of the villainous Earl Hargreaves, in an incestuous affair with his sister. Cain survived his father's abuse and is now the head of the family, with only his ten year old half-sister Mary Weather, and his valet, Riff, for companions.

Strange and horrible crimes seem to follow Cain wherever he goes, and there are rumours that his father is still alive and in charge of the shadow-organization known as "Delilah." But Cain is an expert on poisons, and no stranger to the dangers of the foggy cobblestone streets of Victorian London, and he will go to any lengths to protect his only friends, Mary Weather and Riff.

Kaori Yuki's artwork is amazingly beautiful - I love all the detail she puts into hair, ribbons, clothes, etc. . . . she seems to have done a lot of research on the time period and Victorian England is well realized, along with the moody, gothic atmosphere.

The volume begins with "Mad Tea Party" - a serial killer wearing a white rabbit mask is cutting the heads off of wealthy young girls.

In "The Little Crooked House"a crippled girl is obsessed with creating macabre dolls using the bones and hair of those she wants to keep close to her.

The background between Cain and his valet, Riff, is explored in "Black Sheep.

"Scold's Bridle" introduces Doctor Jizabel Disraeli, a member of the Delilah organization, with an obsession for cutting out people's eyes. ( )
  catfantastic | Sep 3, 2012 |
Cain is a young aristocrat with a penchant for mysteries, murder and poison. Arguably the heir apparent for the Hargreaves, despite rumors of his insane father's continued survival, Cain is always aware of his cursed legacy and struggles to protect his 10 year old half-sister, who is more inclined to seek out her own trouble than stay at home and learn to be a debutant. However, danger lurks in every dark corner of the London streets and little is held sacred, not even the innocence of youth.

This was a much darker, more horror oriented manga than I expected, but it was still wickedly enjoyable. Cain is a wonderful anti-hero type and you can never be sure exactly what lengths he will go to in an effort to ensure the protection of those close to him. The story itself is quite episodic and this volume covers at least three mysteries along with a flashback to when Cain first appointed Riff as his manservant (I still can't help but think of Riff Raff from The Rocky Horror Picture Show whenever I read the name, despite the fact that this Riff looks nothing like that Raff LOL!) In addition, this is apparently a take off series of a prior one the manga-ka wrote years ago. But, you shouldn't let this stop you from picking this up because the manga does a superb job of bringing you up to date without dragging the story down. I've never read the previous series and was still able to understand the ins and outs of the story.

Cain reminds me a bit of the new Sherlock Holmes, flirtatious, irreverent and still serious, he is loyal only to his servant and his sister, and he is willing to do just about anything to solve whatever mystery is on his plate at the time.

The drawings were well done and in places, creepy to the extreme. It is obvious this manga-ka does a lot of research on the things that influence her stories and it comes out not only in the writing, but also in the drawings.

A very engrossing start to an interesting looking series and I'm looking forward to reading more. ( )
1 vote Jenson_AKA_DL | Jan 6, 2010 |
An amazing series, riveting and always a surprise twist. ( )
  oephylia | Jun 19, 2009 |
BEST MANGA EVER. I absolutely love it. Beautiful art, wonderful characters, great storyline. ( )
  caulfieldfinch | Apr 25, 2009 |
A very gothic and bloody manga series that is both tantalizing and scary at the same time. I'll have to read the rest. ( )
  knielsen83 | Mar 5, 2009 |
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Watanabe, AkiraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Manga readers with a taste for stylish, delirious melodrama will enjoy this addition to the long-running "The Cain Saga" which also includes the manga series Angel Sanctuary. Late 19th-century London society women swoon at the sight of slender, sloe-eyed young Lord Cain, Earl of Hargreaves. They don't recognize his hereditary burden of melancholy, from which he distracts himself by tracking down dangerous maniacs. He is accompanied and sometimes aided by Riff, his manservant and extremely close companion, and by his doll-like, 10-year-old half-sister, Marie, who serves as an unwitting lure for serial killers. Cain is menaced by his mad-scientist half-brother Dr. Jizabel Disraeli, assassin for a secret criminal organization founded by Cain's monstrously abusive father. The four stories in this volume are thankfully self-contained, each developing from an initially baffling mystery into a frenzy of dark revelations and derring-do, after which Cain is left cuddling Marie or gazing soulfully at Riff. Yuki's stories revel in hints of spiritual angst and kinky tendencies, reinforcing the hero's romantic alienation. Her art is lovingly detailed but dramatically cut, with startlingly odd angles and abrupt jumps from closeups to distant shots; managing to create and sustain a giddy mood in which the absurd action can be convincing and even moving.
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In this newest graphic novel series, gothic suspense delight is wrapped inside a murdery-mystery twist. Recommended for young adult readers.

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