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That Wolf-Boy is Mine, Vol. 1

That Wolf-Boy is Mine, Vol. 1That Wolf-Boy is Mine, Vol. 1
By Yoko Nogiri, Translated by Alethea and Athena Nibley.
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp.
Rating: Teens (13 +)

After crossing classmates at her Tokyo school, Komugi finds herself a social pariah. Thankfully, her mom’s leaving town and offers Komugi a choice. Stay in Tokyo, or move to the countryside to live with her father. Komugi takes this opportunity to start over with a blank slate and a chance to make friends at her new school! Unfortunately for her, those friends harbor a secret of the supernatural kind which promise to make her life even far more complicated than it was before. From Yoko Nogiri, comes the romantic drama-comedy, That Wolf-Boy is Mine!

Based upon this first volume, That Wolf-Boy is Mine is a fairly standard reverse harem series. Komugi is a shy girl, hoping to not rock the boat at her new school, and she immediately finds herself surrounded by the four hottest guys there. The big twist is that they’re all supernatural animal spirit critters. There’s a wolf, fox, tanuki, and cat. Of course, no one else in the school knows their secret, so Komugi once more finds herself on the receiving end of jealousy from many of the other girls in school. At the same time, not all of the guys are happy with her knowing their secret. Caught between a rock and a hard place, Komugi attempts to make the best of things and learn more about her new found friends.

A page from That Wolf-Boy is Mine, Vol. 1

The unnamed fourth one is Ogami, the titular wolf boy.

There’s not a whole lot going on in this volume. The characters all feel fairly flat and bland. The burgeoning romantic feelings Komugi feels for one of the guys seemingly comes out of nowhere and feels very forced. It reads less like a natural story development, and more like something that was dictated by the plot. By the end of the first volume, nearly all the characters are a blank slate. This isn’t helped by the fact that Yoko Nogiri’s artwork is pretty bland, so everyone looks more than a little alike. Much of the volume takes place against a grey haze of toning patterns or empty backgrounds. This blankness only serves to reinforce the story’s feeling of blandness and forgettability. The four hot guys are generically attractive, and most of the characters have those weirdly long and lanky bodies that often turn up in shojo series. Nogiri’s animals are pretty cute, though.

That Wolf-Boy is Mine, Vol. 1 is pretty unmemorable. The whole thing feels fairly basic and bland, and there’s nothing really notable about it at all. At times it has a vague hint of a larger theme, with Komugi thinking about how she needs to appreciate people and reconnect with her father, but it’s so vague that it comes off as an after thought more than anything else. In the end, this book comes off as a pretty skippable read.

That Wolf-Boy is Mine, Vol. 1 is available now from Kodansha Comics. Review copy provided by the publisher.

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