In Shiomi's third title to come to the U.S., title character Yurara Tsukinowa is a high school student with the unique talent for seeing ghosts and for feeling their pain. Preceded by her "weird" reputation (her gift often has her bursting into tears or staring off into space), she's shunned by her classmates-all except for the handsome and playful Mei Tendo and his best friend/arch rival, the cool, attractive Yako Hoshino. As it turns out, the two hottest guys in school share not only the same class as Yurara but also the same ghost-seeing ability. Together, the threesome form a "yin" and "yang" type of ghost busting. With Mei and Yako, Yurara discovers her inner self-a self-confident and compassionate girl who can release spirits from their suffering. As in many shojo narratives, the outer Yurara struggles with her insecurities and appears meek and helpless. Shiomi develops her characters in an entertaining and intricate manner and presents the story with clean, detailed art. For readers who like their shojo with an edge, Yurarais Land of the Blindfoldedwith teeth. (June)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
KLIATT - George Galuschak
Yurara Tsukinowa can see dead people. On her first day of school she is assigned the seat occupied by a possessive ghost; all the unlucky students who get this seat end up in the hospital. There's also the spirit in the locker room, and the dead little girl who lives at the bottom of the swimming pool. Apparently, Yurara's high school is infested with ghosts. Luckily she's not alone: classmates Mei Tendo and Yako Hoshino can see ghosts also, and they have spiritual powers. Mei's abilities are offensive (he can throw demon fire); Yako's defensive (he can cast water shields). Yurara is no slouch herself; she has a spirit guardian who makes an appearance whenever she's endangered by a supernatural entity (which is pretty often). This spirit is very powerful, and changes Yurara's appearance and even the way she talks. Yurara is another entry in a long line of horror manga, a popular genre for teens. This is a shojo manga (aimed at girls), so there's not much in the way of ghastly happenings; most of the supernatural encounters end with Yurara showing the spirit the way to Heaven. The focus is more on Yurara's relationship with Mei and Yako, two good-looking guys with different temperaments. Mei flirts with anything that wears a skirt, and Yako is one cool customer. The art focuses on the characters, with minimal backgrounds. Yurara contains mild vulgarity (a-hole) and is recommended for libraries that collect manga for ages 12 and up, especially collections catering to girls.