Manga Spotlight on: Nora

So I was going through roughly half a year of unread Shonen Jumps the other day. All together now: FAIL! I just let those little buggers stack up on top of my longboxes for months and months, still in their protective wrapping. I feel so ashamed. But back to my point. In the first issue I picked up from the stack (Sept 08), there was a manga preview for a new series (new to America, that is) to be published in tankubon format called Nora. Listen to the official description:

Nora, an unruly demon, has defied his Dark Liege one too many times. For the sake of his “education,” Nora is sent to live among mortals and enters a bond of servitude with cool-as-ice star student Kazuma Makkari. Kazuma is about to learn the ways of the underworld…and Nora will learn more from the “real world” than he ever thought possible!
A Match Made in Hell – When the seal for Nora’s form is released he becomes Cerberus, the vicious dog of disaster. But Nora can only use magic when Kazuma grants him permission…and Kazuma doesn’t grant permission easily. The Dark Liege wants the two to team up and crack down on renegade demon factions in the human world, but how can they do that if they can’t even get along?

…uh, okay. Is it just me, or does this sound more like the plot of a racy S &M yaoi manga rather than a series for teenaged boys? And as I say that, rule 34 kicks in, which means the world can now find naughty pictures of Nora and Kazuma in compromising positions on Y!Gallery and Deviantart. Not that I’d go looking, mind you. Just making a point.

Anyway, I’ve yet to pick up volume 1 (and as volume 2 is coming out next week, I believe, I’d best hop to it!), but it is definitely on my “to read” list. And for you animeniacs, there is supposed to be an animated adaption of the manga starting in Japan in 2009!


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