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They say fated lovers are bound together by an invisible red thread. Most people think it's superstition, but Chiyako knows better - she can see it! Her own fate is hidden from her, but a chance encounter with a mysterious group known as the Linkers shows her there's much more at stake than finding true love...
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Overview

They say fated lovers are bound together by an invisible red thread. Most people think it's superstition, but Chiyako knows better - she can see it! Her own fate is hidden from her, but a chance encounter with a mysterious group known as the Linkers shows her there's much more at stake than finding true love...
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KLIATT - George Galuschak
Chiyako Goto believes the old story about people having a red thread attached to their pinky tying them to the person they love. She can see the threads, and makes money telling fortunes at her high school. After a series of mishaps Chiyako encounters a Shirogane, a powerful magical artifact that makes a pact with her: she can see and tie threads of fate. But the Shirogane exacts a price: Chiyako is now a child, her greatest desire—to be an independent adult—severed. She lives with three other onmyoji, specialists in magic and divination, all of them older men, tying people's strings of fate. My favorite story in this volume features Chiyako encountering a depressed ghost (is there any other kind?), whom she agrees to accompany home. The ghost turns out to be (surprise!) an evil spirit. Bound Beauty is a manga that contains elements of comedy, horror and romance. Chiyako is a spunky heroine who is a real go-getter; when she summons Shirogane she turns back into a 17-year-old. The magical system described in this book is based on the relationships between the elements and can get confusing. The art features lots of character details and is short on settings; the action scenes are coherent. The dialogue is lively and features sobriquets like "muscle head" and "horn dog." Bound Beauty contains comic book violence and one profanity (‘bitch') and is recommended for junior high and high school graphic novel collections where manga is popular. Reviewer: George Galuschak
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605100081
  • Publisher: Go! Comi
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Bound Beauty, #1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted April 27, 2014

    Great book. I enjoy reading this series.

    Great book. I enjoy reading this series.

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

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    Becoming an adult can be so hard and it gets even worse when you

    Becoming an adult can be so hard and it gets even worse when you go back to being a mere child!

    I was really interested in this book after reading Mick Takeuchi's other series "Her Majesty's Dog" and I was not disappointed. This story combines interesting mythology with some memorable characters. In this first volume there was some mystery regarding Chiyako's former calligraphy teacher, Akeo. Not only that, but she meets a rather eclectic group of characters with powers similar to hers. I liked that there was a decent amount of action as well as a bit of background on Chiyako. There was a few questions answered, but even more that were brought out by the answers.

    As for the mythology I really liked how they added this into the story. The legend of the red thread has always fascinated me, but I have never heard of the different colors of the thread which in this book all have different powers. Chiyako accidentally summons the white thread and in doing so loses her most precious desire which in her case is to become an adult and so she changes into the form of a child. Each of the characters in the group has a different threads power and all have lost something valuable in return.

    Chiyako is a great heroine and I love her spunk. She is a lot of fun and it is rare to see her in low spirits for very long. She is definitely a very interesting character and I hope to get to know more about her in later volumes.

    There is a bit of romance going on though I believe it is more of an unrequited one. So far I am not sure how I feel about the love interest for her. I want to know more about Akeo before I make up my mind and something tells me there is a lot more to him than meets the eye.

    Overall this is a fun new series that I can't wait to read more of!

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