January 5, 2013

Emerald and Other Stories




EMERALD AND OTHER STORIES
BY HIROAKI SAMURA

Emerald is a one shot story written in the Wild West times. It focuses on a young girl named Sarah who sadly is trapped into playing a game with the man who killed her parents. If she wins she will have her parents debt erased and be set free, but if she loses then she'll be forced to work in a brothel. We all know that she is obviously supposed to lose, but a strange turn of events helps to save her. This is where Rosalie and Jimmy weed step in and one of them will give their life to save Sarah's, of course they don't know it until it's too late. The first story was the quintessential story about the wild west, filled with villains, innocents, and heros.

The rest of the book is filled with other one shots, one in particular called "The Kusein Family's Grandest Show". This one was definitely different to the first story. It is more mature as it focuses on the slighlty skewed look at a relationship between the father and his daughter.
It isn't too racy but the subject matter is not for children.

The next few chapters focused on two teenage girls that deal with everything and anything from lucky chances to confessions of love. These stories were pretty valid and pretty easy to understand.

Overall this book was a great compilation of stories that all fed off each other in one way or another. The style was pretty much what I expected from a manga, filled with detail. If you enjoy reading mangas then this is a book you need to pick up!

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 Disclaimer: I received this book in order to do a review courtesy of Netgalley, all opinions are my own and no further compensation was given.