By Leroy Douresseaux
August 31, 2007 - 12:33
Yurara Tsukinowa is a shy, retiring high school girl who can see spirits and sense their emotions – a ghost whisperer if you will. A guardian spirit – a strong-willed beauty – takes Yurara’s place whenever the teen is actually threatened by a spirit. Into Yurara’s quiet life at Tokyo Municipal Sanko High School arrive two new male students – the dark-haired jokester, Mei Tendo, and the glum and serious blondie, Yako Hoshino. Whereas Yurara looks to understand the torment of restless spirits, Mei and Yako often look to do some ghost-busting.
As time passes, Yurara adjusts to her two new friends, although she’s conflicted about Mei, who aggressively pursues her affections, but there may not be much time for love. Mei’s past wants to haunt him, and it may cost Mei his life. Yurara must also deal with her own ghostly stalker when the spirit of an older man starts demanding some love and tenderness from our heroine.
THE LOWDOWN: Yurara is the perfect blend of shojo (girls’ comics) and supernatural mystery. Chika Shiomi generously sprinkles flower patterns in panel backgrounds throughout each chapter of Yurara – a lovely interlude to the series’ staple of eerie intrigue. The best shojo creators are experts at cartooning the human figure and drawing beautiful faces that resonate with emotion (especially during close ups), and Shiomi is absolutely brilliant at doing those things.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Yurara is part of VIZ Media’s “Shojo Beat” line which has the tag line, “Manga from the Heart.” In this title, there is romance to capture the heart and scares to chill it. If there is a better comic out there for readers of supernatural romance, I haven’t seen it.
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