WOLF GOD • Ai Tenkawa • DMP • 13+
Koyuki, a spunky girl who lives with her cool older brother, is tired of her boring life (“I’m so sick of all this! Why doesn’t something interesting happen…?”). She gets her wish when she mees Kyounosuke, an innocent young boy from the Inugami (“wolf spirit” or “wolf god”) clan, who has come from the boonies to Tokyo in search of his missing brother, who is destined to be the pack’s alpha wolf. (“We are not dogs! We’re wolves of the exalted race of wolfmen!”) Although Kyounosuke can’t transform into a wolf, he has super strength and an incredible sense of smell, as well as the ability to summon “divine beasts,” wolfy servant spirits who spend most of their time looking like people with wolf ears and tails. Koyuki soon becomes the guileless wolf boy’s only friend, and he gives her a whistle to blow on to summon him when she needs help, which is often, as various other members of Kyounosuke’s race are running around Tokyo fighting for the position of alpha and generally causing trouble. Part action, part comedy, part drama, Wolf God suffers from inconsistent, cartoony artwork. There are some funny moments, but it’s hard to take fights seriously between characters so waifish and big-eyed, and the “kid in a shirt” character designs are unmemorable. By the end of the first volume, the premise seems like a setup for loosely motivated fight scenes between the various wolf clan members, and the art just isn’t strong enough to support it.
* 1/2 (one and a half stars)
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