One of my more recent favourite series is King of Thorn, and was very happy to see this manga in Waterstones, Cat Paradise, or Gakuen Sousei Nekoten. Both illustrated and written by Yuji Iwahara, fast becoming my favourite manga-ka, cos I think King of Thorn is absolutely brilliant, just fantastic! But this post is about Cat Paradise, so now more gushing over King of Thorn, apart from to say YAY for the movie coming out in 2010!! I CAN’T WAIT!!! I thought when I first read it that it’d make a great movie, all epic-like and whatnot. More after the cut!
Anyway, onto Cat Paradise! Since it features cats pretty damn predominantly, its a perfect series for me! Sucks that volume 1 is all thats available, and far as I can tell, theres no more available online either… Means I hafta wait till November going by the english release date.
The basic idea of the series as far as I can tell is that 100 years ago, Akitaka Sandou sealed the great Nekomata, Kaen into a stone, and since then, a school has been built, and 6 ‘Paired Ones’ have been chosen by Princess Kiri with her cat Shirayuki(White Snow right? Or could it be translated as Snow White?) to protect the school against Kaen being ressurected. And in the first volume Yumi Hayakawa, a serial knitter(lol), and her cat Kansuke, become the 7th pair, which wasn’t prophecised(?) by Princess Kiri. Yumi’s power is that of knitting, creating outfits for Kansuke with a magical ball of wool, which anthropomorphize Kansuke. Oh, the cats of the ‘Paired Ones’ can be understood by their owners, so YAY! Talking cats! lol Seems to be a basic story of trying to thwart the plans of the evil Kaen from coming back and wreaking havoc on the world once again, with some romance and comedy ofc, the art style makes it look more shonen than anything else, but I feel it can be enjoyed by guys and gals. I love the kind of thick black lines of the art, and the expressions, Iwahara does expressions soooo well, same for King of Thorn.
Anyone else a fan of Yuji Iwahara’s work? I bet theres a few, but far as I know, King of Thorn hasn’t got the recognition it deserves from most fans of manga, anime etc.
Looks to be a nice series at any rate, sweet in places too, like how Yumi found Kansuke injured in the road, put her own life in danger to save him. Am looking forward to more of this to say the least, and if anyone knows of a site where more than just volume 1 (chapters 1-5) has been translated, PLEASE let me know! Cheers!