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  • You have a beautiful way of describing the stories and artwork. As with his previous work I thoroughly enjoyed this volume, though it was very different than anything before. I’d never expected a volume of Kabuki completely free of voilence and bloodshed, and yet I think it worked, especially when viewed in the context of Mack’s life and accomplishments. I’ve started reading the final volume (the hardcover library edition was previously released), though it’s a reread for me of the two included stories. If I recall correctly these were more tantengial to the main storyline giving more background and context of other characters, and in at least one of them it included other artists with Mack writing the story and providing only some of the artwork. Over the years I’ve heard different rumors about movie or tv rights being floated around for these stories, and I’m honestly not very excited about the prospect. I’ve grown so attached to these, and the artwork and writing style just don’t seem to me something that could be conveyed in a moving pictures format. I’ll try to stay open minded about that, though… As always, I love your reviews!

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    • That’s a good point. It really stirred away from the roots of Kabuki to focus on who she wants to become while learning about those other women who are part of this odd Akemi network. It really felt like it was exploring the author’s point of view on what it means to create, to write, to share stories too. Seeing himself within the story made it even more obvious to me. I think it’s best to enter this universe knowing about David Mack’s life and how/when/why these stories were created. 😮

      I envy that you can just pick up your library editions to enjoy the remaining stories that I haven’t read! Just so I don’t ruin my own collection visually, I’ll probably wait it out, but it’s good to know those things about those stories though. Based on their blurbs, I had a feeling that I’d probably be less enthusiastic about them for the very reason that they aren’t really 100% Mack hahah

      I actually heard about the live-action adaptation when I picked up the first omnibus (I think it mentions it on the blurb or something). Having now read the first three volumes, I share your opinion. I don’t think it’ll be too much like the comics, to be honest. I think it’ll have to give us an original take on the story, something different, but with the same premise. It’s the only way it could possibly work. 😮

      Thanks for reading, Todd! I’m glad to share this reading journey with you, sir. 😀 Looking forward to sharing my thoughts on the final omnibus in the future! 😀

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  • “this story-arc is a reminder to stay true to yourself”…I liked that sentence a lot. Because it’s true, and often many people seem to just change themselves in order to fit in better, or for other people to like them. And that’s a real shame to be honest.
    You already convinced me with the review for the previous installment for this series, and this one only strengthens that conviction. You have really outdone yourself with this post. It was incredibly beautiful! I hope the last volume for this will be worth the wait!😀

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    • Right? I think it’s worse with social media platforms and how the Internet shaped everyone’s lives to the point where they only show exactly what others want them to be instead of who they truly are. So sad…

      I’m really glad to hear your continued interest in this series and I hope you’ll get the chance to pick these up in these omnibuses or beautiful hardcover library editions. You should totally flip through a copy of these just to see how amazing the artwork is. It’s nothing you’ll have ever seen before, my good friend! 😀

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  • This is an interesting concept: second chance at life if she can also forgive herself! And the art with watercolors is splendid!

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  • Sounds like an impressive book! Your fabulous review convinced me of it and the amazing artwork is wowmazing! Ive always loved watercolor artpieces! This sounds like a strong series. Glad you enjoyed the journey!

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    • Thanks, Goldie! I appreciate it. 😀 There’s definitely gotta be a 4th omnibus since two story-arcs have not been collected in these omnibus editions yet. 😉 And since the hardcover library editions have a 4th volume, it’s just a matter of time! 😀

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