Oreimo: Kuroneko Volume 1

In a shocking twist, Kyousuke’s sister Kirino has decided to study abroad . . . and Ruri Gokou, a.k.a. Kuroneko, is transferring to Kyousuke’s school! Is his homeroom prepared to have the dark Queen of Nightmare among them . . . and is the manga world prepared when Kuroneko makes her first pitch to a professional company? One thing’s for sure—Kyousuke will be by her side, supporting her. But how close is “by her side” going to be . . . ?

Let me just start off by saying how excited I was just to get the chance to read and review manga for the site.  Anyone who knows me well is aware of how big of a fan of anime and manga I am.  So, not only did I get my hands on some manga to review, it’s even from an anime I loved.  In a spinoff directly from the main series, we explore the first volume of Oreimo: Kuroneko.

The core series Oreimo follows Kyosuke and his younger sister Kirino, who for years really didn’t get along, until one day Kyosuke finds out Kirino is an otaku and agrees to become her confidant for her secret hobby.  This spinoff manga focuses on one of their friends Ruri aka Kuroneko after transferring to Kyosuke’s school.  With Kirino away, Kyosuke works closely with Ruri in trying to get her own manga published.

Having read manga for years, and even a little bit of the original Oreimo manga, I had a fairly good idea of what the art would be like.  Obviously enough as virtually 99% of manga is, it’s black and white, but still puts so much life into it without the need for color.  As they warn you ahead of time, just remember, you need to read this back to front otherwise the art will make no sense.

For anyone that loves anime/manga as much as I do, and this series in particular, it’s a great addition to the story.  If you haven’t had any experience with the main Oreimo series, this may not draw you in that much.  I would never pass up an opportunity to recommend manga to anyone though, so I would definitely say to grab this spinoff.

For more on Oreimo: Kuroneko or other Dark Horse books, check out Dark Horse Comics.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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