Hey all, Dani here.
Welcome back to another installment of Manga Monday, where I share a review of a volume of manga every Monday–unless it is the Monday of Calendar Girls, anyway. Today I am sharing a new-to-me manga, and it’s actually a pretty new one in general; there are only two volumes out here in the US. But I am really enjoying reading it, and need to pick up the next volume very soon.
All Creatures Great and Magical…
In an age of science and forgotten magic, mythic beasts are beginning to disappear from the world. A young girl named Ziska, born into a line of mages, becomes the apprentice to a veterinarian of regular animals–but Ziska’s interests lie with beasts of a more magical nature. Can she help these creatures of legend survive in a world that is leaving them behind?!
Rating: 5 stars
I love concepts like this, where magic and science or magic and technology meet or clash or co-exist. This is more where science is overtaking magic and people are forgetting about magical beasts and magic in general, but still.
First off, I enjoyed the art in this one. I thought it held a nice blend of cuteness and harshness, as well as a hint of whimsy. For a story that is a blend of genres and themes, having an art blend as well just makes sense.
Ziska is such a cute and likeable protagonist. She is from a family of mages, so she still sees and recognizes magical beasts and such in the world, but she is working for a normal veterinarian. So when she encounters magical beasts, she feels an urge to help them with their illnesses and injuries. But because so many people have forgotten about magic and the beasts, she tries to do it on her own. Sadly Ziska is young, and so she doesn’t know all the ways to best take care of them.
What I adored about this was that the veterinarian, Ziska’s teacher–or Master–ends up being someone who still remembers the beasts as well. And I thought it was actually cool when he basically criticized Ziska for trying to treat a magical beast without proper knowledge, and without consulting him.
The beasts we encounter in this volume were handled pretty well, and I especially enjoyed the fire salamander. This volume even leaves us wondering about the care of a kelpie, so I have a feeling the future volumes are going to be really interesting as well.
I’m actually really glad I just randomly picked this one up at the store. It seems like it could become a new favorite.