Tokyo Babylon

Tokyo Babylon

Book One

Comic Book - 2013 | 1st ed. --
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It's 1991, the last days of Japan's bubble economy, and money and elegance run through the streets. So do the currents of darkness beneath them, nourishing evil spirits that only the arts of the onmyoji-Japan's legendary occultists-can combat. The two most powerful onmyoji are in the unlikely guises of a handsome young veterinarian, Seishiro, and the teenage heir to the ancient Sumeragi clan, Subaru.
Publisher: Milwaukie, Or. : Dark Horse Manga, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781616551162
Characteristics: 507 p. : ill. (some col.)


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forbesrachel May 21, 2014

Tokyo, 1991. The young onmyouji Subaru works hard to save those that are affected by the occult. With his supportive, and enthusiastic sister, and the mysterious Seishiro by his side, he is able to help people on many levels. His own life is not simple. He works, so has little time for school, or to fulfill his own dreams, and there is also the matter of Seishiro. Due to the ambiguous nature of their relationship, Clamp tantalizes us with the possibilities. Does Seishiro really love Subaru? Not to mention is he really on his side? Does Subaru love Seishiro in that way at all? For those aware of the sequel X: 1999, this comes with a small sense of trepidation, and we can only pray that things turn out better for these characters. Any scenes featuring the boys love aspect are subtle, in both context and art. The read is a little slow because of the amount of text used to explain spiritual terms, describe cultural or historical items, and explore the psyche and emotions of mankind. As one of Clamp's middle period works, the art is slightly dated (although like in their other works, Japanese landmarks are drawn down to the minutiae), but the story is much more straightforward. True to the Clamp style, Tokyo Babylon is sprinkled with humour, deep thought, and a fascinating set of unusual characters. They witness the prelude to humanities destruction.

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