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Yuri Manga: MURCIÉLAGO, Volume 8 (ムルシエラゴ)

October 27th, 2016

mv8kyI’m sorry to say that in MURCIÉLAGO, Volume 8 (ムルシエラゴ), no one dies. Well, no one we care about, anyway. In fact, a lot of people die.  A whole army of nameless cannon fodder.  But since we don’t care about them, it’s like no one dies.

Kuroko and the team are still looking to find the new/old terrorist group that appears to be assassinating people for reasons that kind of made sense 70 years ago, but now appear to be petty. While Kuroko and Hinako track the ringleader through the subway, unleashing Ringo for some light murder practice, Reiko, the sexy sniper of the second arc of the series makes a reappearance.

A chunk of the book is given over to Reiko’s rooftop battle with a muscle-bound sniper which she, predictably, wins.

Ringo does not not manage to kill terrorist second-in-command Shizuka, when beefy, scared bartender Kokoro, stopped the fight before it becomes fatal. In return Shizuka promises to tell Ringo about her psycho father, the Skin Collector.

While everyone takes on the terrorist cell forces, Kuroko and Hinako take on the cell leader and we’re left with the creepiest feeling that all of this somehow relates to Hinako.

In a short flashback, we get to see a young Hinako and something we thought, but never expected to have confirmed is confirmed, at last. Hinako is very broken.

The epilogue follows a young lady whom Reiko saved in an earlier arc taking a visit to the sniper, and cuts off as the lights go down on them kissing. I’m very happy for Reiko….and for us. ^_^

Ratings:

Art – 6
Story – 7
Characters – 7
Service – 5
Yuri – 8

Overall – 8

MURCIÉLAGO is messy and gross and violent and gay. There are no good guys here. I like it so much.

 

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Yuri Manga: MURCIÉLAGO, Volume 7 (ムルシエラゴ)

April 19th, 2016

Murcielago7-e1459017643897MURCIÉLAGO, Volume 7 (ムルシエラゴ) by Yoshimura Kana is both vile and creative, which is impressive in it’s own way.

In between coming up with a new arc about psychopaths who kill the innocent in creative and repulsive ways (which, again, is kind of impressive….) we  revisit some of our favorite psychopaths from previous arcs – notably Yukari, the assassin maid,  one of the of the students from Virginal Rose, Ariana, now going by her given name, Sayaka, and Minako, the bomb-building schoolgirl with her formerly-popular classmate, now her personal slave, Furi.

Hinako really gets a chance to fly her freak flag in this volume. If, for even a second, you thought that Hinako wasn’t a complete nutter, this volume would disabuse you of the notion. Not only does she inappropriately obsess over horned beetles and banchou capes, she answers the question we’ve kind of half-had since the beginning….how gay is she? Turns out, Hinako is quite gay. After an episode full of heads exploding and faces cut off, she joins Kuroko for some relatively anonymous sex with a random teen prostitute.

Ratings:

Art – 6
Story – 7
Characters – 7
Service – 10
Yuri – 9 Hinako is also very gay

Overall – 8

Also, they fight a WWII-era guild of killer psychopaths.

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Yuri Manga: MURCIÉLAGO, Volume 6 (ムルシエラゴ)

January 15th, 2016

Murcielago-6-275x384In Volume 6 of MURCIÉLAGO there was a lot of violence and a lot of lesbian sex, but none of it was particularly appealing, even to me. ^_^

Someone is setting off bombs in a school. Kuroko shows up as a “detective” investigating the crimes, and the rest of the gang masquerade as students. A student who has been bullied by classmates, including the girl she thought loved her, finds extremely ugly retribution when the bullies are beaten to death with baseball bats. Minako (the bullied girl) and her lover are quite likely off to a good start as serial killers themselves. The team uncovers the identity of the bomber, Hinako finds the bomb, the teacher who is doing the bombing is killed and Ringo gets a little light skinning corpses in for practice.

Ratings:

Art – 6
Story – 4
Characters – 4
Service/Guro – 100000
Yuri – 8 Kuroko is very gay, so is Minako

Overall – 6

Just to be clear, this is a very light-hearted retelling of what was a really awful volume. ^_^ NOT good for bedtime reading.

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MURCIÉLAGO Manga, Volume 5 (ムルシエラゴ)

November 12th, 2015

81iKv39r5MLIn MURCIÉLAGO, Volume  5 (ムルシエラゴ), we return to the tried and true formula of Team Kuroko helping out little girls who are inexplicably being stalked and murdered by a big creepy old guy. It’s not a particularly exciting formula, but it works for this series.

Somewhat more interestingly, Kuroko takes the opportunity to seduce the mother of one of the missing girls, giving us the opportunity to see that she’s still not a good guy.

Team Kuroko is in fine form and takes out the creepy dude quickly and we turn our attention to the return of the assassin from the deadly maze arc. I’m hoping the next arc wallows a bit in beating the crap out of gang guys, with some light assassination on the side.

I find this manga relaxing in a horrible way. Nothing will be less than vile, I don’t have to worry that it might not be the worst possible thing ever. It will be. ^_^ And it will also be ridiculously silly. Not at the same time, though.

Ratings:

Art – 6
Story – 7
Characters – 7
Service – 10
Yuri – 9 Kuroko is very gay

Overall – 8

Hey, did you know that there is a Lamborghini Murciélago? I didn’t know that until a week or two ago. I have no idea if it has any relationship to the manga title but Murciélago is also Spanish for “bat.” In case you were wondering.

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Yuri Manga: MURCIÉLAGO 4 (ムルシエラゴ)

October 26th, 2015

What betteMurcielago4r way to rest up and relax after an event than a little light massive amounts of violence and sex? None, obviously, so upon returning home from Nijicon, I cracked open MURCIÉLAGO, Volume 4 (ムルシエラゴ), by Yoshimura Kana.

We ended Volume 3 with Kuroko entering a girl’s only school/organization/enclave/something known as “Virginal Rose.” Unsurprisingly, psychopath and predatory lesbian Koumori Kuroko is captivated by the inhabitants, all cute girls with a tragic story of violence at the hand of a man, and the school’s chairwoman, the extremely well-endowed Gold Marie.

Kuroko and I were both delighted when Gold Marie chose to welcome Kuroko in her room with some consensual, adult sex. As Gold Marie comments, in an environment like this, same-sex relationships are bound to happen, so they accept both sexual release and pair bonding when it occurs. Oh, well okay then.

Kuroko is given a new name when she is accepted into the school – Halfeti, which turns out to be a very dark, as close to black-colored rose as exists. As Halfeti finds herself intoxicated by the school and it’s inhabitants, we turn to Polina, a resident who is about to “graduate.” We, the readers, see that the graduation ceremony is nothing of the sort, but that Polina is slaughtered, her organs and blood consumed and her body chipped into the fertilizer used for the roses that Virginal Rose is known for.

Although Kuroko was asked by Chiyo’s friend, Nanami to investigate, she doesn’t, until Chiyo and Hinako, wondering what the hell has happened to Kuroko, arrive to take her home. Kuroko rejects Chiyo’s demand that she return, refuses to answer to any name but Halfeti and returns to the school. Chiyo snaps.

While Chiyo is fighting the students, Hinako is ninja-ing around. She discovers the secret underground room with one of the students and learns that this is where “graduation” is held, and that there is a beautiful creature living in the pool in the center of the room, who calls Gold Marie her oneesama. As they investigate, Anna realizes what has happened to Polina.

Chiyo fights the school’s champion, Teresa, but is knocked unconscious by Kuroko.

Gold Marie asks Halfeti to bring the intruder to the underground room. It is there that we learn that “Rose Marie,” the apparently female being that lives in the basement and desires blood, is in fact Gold Marie’s brother, who sacrificed his body to save her and who now needs blood to survive. Hinako, who is hanging on to a rope at ceiling level, feels it start to move, so she swings off it, so that it’s trajectory is altered and instead of Kuroko, Gold Marie is killed. Snapping out of her hypnotized state Kuroko is like, “Let’s go and get something to eat.”

Having rescued Nanami, Kuroko, Chiyo and Hinako go visit Ringo, the recovering loli serial killer from the previous arc, and insist that they’ll take care of her. Kuroko gets to be creepy and pervy, and I get to ignore it.

The bonus chapter covers a game Hinako is designing that stars herself, at various levels of skill.

I very much liked this volume, especially as compared with last volume. Consensual adult lesbian sex with two psychopath leads totally works for me. And I’ve discovered while I don’t enjoy violence not associated with fighting, it’s tolerable when completely decoupled from sexualization or victimization. Polina’s death was distressing, as she is an innocent, but Gold Marie dying the same way is acceptable, if a little predictable.

The best part of the manga was Teresa and Chiyo’s fight, which had the advantage of being between-well matched rivals and gives Teresa a chance to uncover for us whether Chiyo really likes Kuroko or not. “Are you a lesbian?” Teresa asks. “No, I’m not like that. It’s just her.” Chiyo responds petulantly. “That’s the kind of thing lesbians say,” Teresa laughs, which pisses Chiyo off. This leads to her beating Teresa, with a rather clever sword vs naginata move.

Ratings:

Art – 6 Even when it’s supposed to be “pretty” it’s really ugly
Story – 7  Several kinds of violence and lesbian sex
Characters – 8 More Evil Psycho Lesbians per page than anything else I read
Service – 10 Nothin’ but
Yuri – 9 This one is definitely a Yuri manga

Overall – 9

I’m not going to lie, this manga is ugly and gross in many ways, but I really like it. I’m not recommending it. I just like it.

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