Hey all, Dani here.
I can absolutely admit that I am really tired right now. This post is being written up right now (which is Sunday afternoon), though it won’t go live on the blog until Monday afternoon, and we have done so much packing and moving since Friday morning that my body is sore and I just feel tired all over. However, I can also say that we made far more progress than either of us imagined in just a couple of days. At this rate we could be fully moved in and starting to live in our new house next weekend.
Anyway, today we aren’t here to talk about my moving progress. We are here to talk about manga, specifically the second volume of How to Treat Magical Beasts: Mine and Master’s Medical Journal. So let’s just jump into the review.
Story and art: Kaziya
Publisher: Seven Seas
Ziska’s struggle to save the kelpie continues! Time is running out before it succumbs to dehydration–can she keep it stable long enough for help to arrive?
Rating: 5 stars
This series (though still rather new) is one that I am definitely going to be keeping up with, though I’m very sad that I am only getting roughly two volumes a year. But it’s okay, because I believe this series is worth the wait.
I think the artwork is absolutely lovely. I think Ziska looks adorable and I love how she wants to help all of these magical creatures in a world that is starting to forget about them. The characters, the creatures, and the setting are just so fascinating. I find myself enchanted every time I have picked up one of these volumes so far.
Honestly, if in a couple years or something I see an anime version of How To Treat Magical Beasts then I will absolutely be watching it.
I love seeing how Ziska sees the world and these creatures, and I love that she doesn’t give up on trying to find ways to save them, even when she doesn’t always know what to do. This makes sense to me as she is still a rather young girl. She still has a whole lot of learning to do, but I think she has a great teacher and mentor, who remembers working on magical creatures when they were more abundant, so he can teach her how to treat both mundane creatures and magical ones.
So, needless to say, I am looking forward to the release of the next volume.
Where to Buy
You can pick up a copy of this volume from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local independent bookstore.