Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi, Vol. 1

Of the Red the Light and the Ayakashi Vol In the curious town of Utsuwa where spirits known as ayakashi roam lives Yue a sheltered boy born and raised at the local shrine On the night of the winter festival Yue descends the mountain for t

  • Title: Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi, Vol. 1
  • Author: HaccaWorks* Nanao
  • ISBN: 9780316351966
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the curious town of Utsuwa, where spirits known as ayakashi roam, lives Yue, a sheltered boy born and raised at the local shrine On the night of the winter festival, Yue descends the mountain for the first time and encounters two boys Though Yue wants nothing than to become friends with his new acquaintances, Mikoto, the master of the shrine who rules over UtsuwaIn the curious town of Utsuwa, where spirits known as ayakashi roam, lives Yue, a sheltered boy born and raised at the local shrine On the night of the winter festival, Yue descends the mountain for the first time and encounters two boys Though Yue wants nothing than to become friends with his new acquaintances, Mikoto, the master of the shrine who rules over Utsuwa, declares that Yue must choose one of the boys as his Meal Faced with this incomprehensible decision, what will Yue do

    One thought on “Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi, Vol. 1”

    1. I really like this, whatever the hell it's supposed to be. I enjoy the characters and art style quite a lot. My only problem is that I have literally no idea what's going on. Hopefully book two will be a bit less confusing. -.-'

    2. Not too bad, but there's so many unanswered questions at the moment it's hard to know what's going on. What is known seems promising, however.

    3. I usually don't review mangas, but this one is special.  The story of AkaAka begins with a dream filled with red camellia and the passing of a strange mask. The owner of this mask is a young boy named Yue who lives at a temple populated with rather unusual residents. The nearby town Utsuwa is holding a winter festival. Kurogitsune, his fox spirit friend, decides it’s the perfect opportunity for the sheltered Yue to experience the sights, sounds, and most of all–the food! Even though Yue is [...]

    4. This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures:bookswithoutanypictures/20Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi (Vol. 1) was so bizarre that I’m not even sure where to begin. I found the book at a small Japanese snack shop in Union Market in DC. It was sitting by the checkout counter, and I can’t resist buying books. So I brought it home and started reading.The book begins as a sheltered boy who grew up at a shrine makes his way down the mountain with his fox spirit [...]

    5. An intriguing work, sweetly and softly sinister, contemporary yet ambiguous. It reminds me very much of my own Tales of the Navel/The Shadow Forest, only this manga has its own uniquely Japanese speculative setting. Our main character finds himself drawn to two boys. No one else quite seems real to him. The curious household assures him that this is because one of these two boys will become his 'meal'. What does this mean? The main character is drawn into the mystery of this question, of who and [...]

    6. I went and bought this with no idea what the story entailed. I can safely say that I made the right decision. What seems to be a calm and fun series slowly brings in a darker plot. The characters are a joy to see, especially their interactions with one another. Art gets a thumbs up. Would definitely recommend this series

    7. Hmm, this one is super odd. It's very mysterious and a lot of unclear details. Apparently it's based off a video game(??) so maybe that would help wth clarity of the storyline? It's definitely interesting, but also really confusing

    8. Lush visuals, a surprising suspenseful story, and quirky characters makes this an intriguing first volume.

    9. I have no idea what is going on. At all.This first volume works so hard at obfuscation that it just becomes obtuse. Even if I wanted to, I couldn't tell you what it was about, but I guess I'll try. Yue meets two guys, one of whom has no personality (my opinion) and one who is very strange (everyone in the series' opinion as well as mine). Yue then is given the mission of picking which one to "make his meal." That's right, you have a cute boy contemplating which of the other two cute boys to eat. [...]

    10. I picked up the first volume of this series out of curiosity. Reviewers that I follow suggested that those who enjoy Japanese folklore would enjoy this story, and they said the art is gorgeous.Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi is originally a visual novel, and not surprisingly, the manga reads a little like a visual novel. This can make reading it feel a little disjointed, and I think that feeling is compounded by all the mystery. By the end of the first volume, we are left with an unsettl [...]

    11. ~3/5Yue doesn’t get out much, and when he goes out to a festival, he meets a couple guys, and is determined to make them his friends. Yue has good intentions, but the heads of the shrine he lives at decides that one of the boys will be his “meal”.Honestly, I was hoping this would be better. Mostly, it just didn’t stand out to me.The characters are okay, and the plot line will surely get more interesting and intense as the story goes on. The artwork is pretty, and I see the comparison to [...]

    12. I generally rate manga by the series, rather than by volume (i.e. I loved Hikaru no Go as a whole, so 5 stars, but there were individual volume that weren't 5 stars but I rated them 5 stars anyway). There are some exceptions -- when a single volume is significantly better or worse than the others, or when the series has very distinct arcs (like One Piece). Anyway, my point is -- I don't know how to rate this book. It's the first in a new series, and it feels like the next few volumes could easil [...]

    13. I'm not going to go into a long in depth review about the plot and characters here. There are plenty of them on this manga already. Pros:Beautiful art.Interesting story. (Even though I was confused I never felt frustrated or wanted to put it down, it was the exact opposite.)Interesting character.Cons:It's hard to get a grip on what the actual plot it and if the MC Yue is human or not.The story can feel a little disjointed at times.A bunch of random character make appearances without them really [...]

    14. Interesting concepts, which begin development in the latter half of this volume, but there is no establishment of setting and characters speak with frustrating obliqueness about parts of the plot we clearly have no inkling of as readers. The characters are difficult to like since we know almost nothing about them or their backstory. We don't even know if the protagonist is human or something else, and this and other unnecessary mysteries hinder rather than help the story.

    15. I actually knew this manga before it got published by Yen Press and hell yea, have been waiting for a while until this day. Yay!Got volume 1 on the day it was released and bang, the English ver is pretty good same as my Jap ver at home. I admit the plot is kind of confusing, but the art makes up a lot. This manga is not the typical motif about heroism or human vs. monster, it brings me a uniquely calm feeling which I found in Natsume Yuujinchou ;A ;I definitely will buy vol. 2.

    16. I only had a vague idea of what this book was about when i bought it and for a majority of the book i wasn't too impressed. It moved rather slowly but by the end i was convinced that given the chance the series would improve. This volume wasn't good or bad but I'm looking forward to finding out if it'll improve in the next volumes.

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