In which there is eye loss, incest, and a cameo by Michelangelo.

I was positive that Mothiavelli was going to advise Chiaro to save Cesare’s soul by seducing him, but it turned out that he meant Chiaro should save Cesare’s soul by killing him. I could say something about the little death and penetration by phallic swords, but really, why bother? As long as manga lives, Freud is not dead.

Cantarella Volume 9 (v. 9)

I lost an eye and all I have to show for it is this deformed baroque pearl. )
In which there is eye loss, incest, and a cameo by Michelangelo.

I was positive that Mothiavelli was going to advise Chiaro to save Cesare’s soul by seducing him, but it turned out that he meant Chiaro should save Cesare’s soul by killing him. I could say something about the little death and penetration by phallic swords, but really, why bother? As long as manga lives, Freud is not dead.

Cantarella Volume 9 (v. 9)

I lost an eye and all I have to show for it is this deformed baroque pearl. )
Oh! THAT arm amputation!

For a character who frequently has people try to rape her (twice in this volume alone) it is surprising how little Lucrezia comes across as a helpless victim.

Cesare rising bare-chested up from the lake totally reminded me of the cover of Soul Song (Dirk & Steele, Book 6)

Alfonso and Sancia are great. And so is Alfonso's little squirrel, too! Actually, it is remarkable how, with the comparatively sensible and rational Alfonso, Sancia, Lucrezia, and Chiaro as major characters, the series manages to achieve the levels of insanity that it does. Cesare, his mad retainer Volpe, and all the demons of Hell exert a powerful counter-rational force.

I will snuff out your breath with these very hands!!! )

Click here to get it from Amazon: Cantarella Volume 8 (Cantarella (Graphic Novel)) (v. 8)
Oh! THAT arm amputation!

For a character who frequently has people try to rape her (twice in this volume alone) it is surprising how little Lucrezia comes across as a helpless victim.

Cesare rising bare-chested up from the lake totally reminded me of the cover of Soul Song (Dirk & Steele, Book 6)

Alfonso and Sancia are great. And so is Alfonso's little squirrel, too! Actually, it is remarkable how, with the comparatively sensible and rational Alfonso, Sancia, Lucrezia, and Chiaro as major characters, the series manages to achieve the levels of insanity that it does. Cesare, his mad retainer Volpe, and all the demons of Hell exert a powerful counter-rational force.

I will snuff out your breath with these very hands!!! )

Click here to get it from Amazon: Cantarella Volume 8 (Cantarella (Graphic Novel)) (v. 8)
And the crack keeps cracking! Buy it from Amazon or feast your eyes on the cover art here: Cantarella Volume 7 (Cantarella (Graphic Novel)) (v. 7)

How are Higuri You's other works?

Houston, we have arm loss )
And the crack keeps cracking! Buy it from Amazon or feast your eyes on the cover art here: Cantarella Volume 7 (Cantarella (Graphic Novel)) (v. 7)

How are Higuri You's other works?

Houston, we have arm loss )
The art is still gorgeous. The incest is still disturbingly hot, and there was a surprise heterosexual and as far as we know now, non-incestuous affair that was both hot and sweet. The plot, which featured an evil hand and crystal wings of demonic D00M, is so deliciously insane that I ended up live-blogging them to [livejournal.com profile] oyceter over email.

Click here to buy or feast your eyes on the exquisite cover art: Cantarella Volume 5 (Cantarella (Graphic Novel)) (v. 5)

Cantarella Volume 6 (Cantarella (Graphic Novel)) (v. 6)

Cesare: (as Volpe attempts to lick the blood off his chest wound) You'll die. My blood is poisonous. [...] Volpe: If that is so, then I have already been violated by the poison that is you. The sweet poison that is you. My life and my death belong to you! )
The art is still gorgeous. The incest is still disturbingly hot, and there was a surprise heterosexual and as far as we know now, non-incestuous affair that was both hot and sweet. The plot, which featured an evil hand and crystal wings of demonic D00M, is so deliciously insane that I ended up live-blogging them to [livejournal.com profile] oyceter over email.

Click here to buy or feast your eyes on the exquisite cover art: Cantarella Volume 5 (Cantarella (Graphic Novel)) (v. 5)

Cantarella Volume 6 (Cantarella (Graphic Novel)) (v. 6)

Cesare: (as Volpe attempts to lick the blood off his chest wound) You'll die. My blood is poisonous. [...] Volpe: If that is so, then I have already been violated by the poison that is you. The sweet poison that is you. My life and my death belong to you! )
These are preliminary notes. I have only read the first three volumes, so please do not spoil me.

Gorgeous, gorgeous art and bishounen Cesare Borgia would probably be enough to addict me to this awesome quasi-historical manga; however, it also has accurate historical details interspersed with actual historical myths presented as facts, or at least I think it was a real legend that Cesare Borgia's father sold his son's soul to Satan so he (Borgia Senior) could become Pope. Oh, and it has an evil Pope! And Niccolo Machiavelli as a talking moth with a human head, or, as I like to call him, Mothiavelli.

And that's not all! There is incestuous longing between Cesare and his angelic blonde sister Lucrezia! (Yes, that Lucrezia Borgia.) Cesare's blood is a deadly poison! He has an extremely slashy relationship with the extremely pretty and surprisingly sweet boy Chiaro, who has a possibly magic mask which turns him into the deadly assassin Michelotto! Double-crossing, poisons, assassinations, and demonic magic abounds!

And by the end of volume 3...!!! )

Really, there are not enough exclamation points for this series. And I'm told that it gets even better.

Click here to buy it from Amazon: Cantarella Volume 1 (Cantarella (Graphic Novel)) (v. 1)
These are preliminary notes. I have only read the first three volumes, so please do not spoil me.

Gorgeous, gorgeous art and bishounen Cesare Borgia would probably be enough to addict me to this awesome quasi-historical manga; however, it also has accurate historical details interspersed with actual historical myths presented as facts, or at least I think it was a real legend that Cesare Borgia's father sold his son's soul to Satan so he (Borgia Senior) could become Pope. Oh, and it has an evil Pope! And Niccolo Machiavelli as a talking moth with a human head, or, as I like to call him, Mothiavelli.

And that's not all! There is incestuous longing between Cesare and his angelic blonde sister Lucrezia! (Yes, that Lucrezia Borgia.) Cesare's blood is a deadly poison! He has an extremely slashy relationship with the extremely pretty and surprisingly sweet boy Chiaro, who has a possibly magic mask which turns him into the deadly assassin Michelotto! Double-crossing, poisons, assassinations, and demonic magic abounds!

And by the end of volume 3...!!! )

Really, there are not enough exclamation points for this series. And I'm told that it gets even better.

Click here to buy it from Amazon: Cantarella Volume 1 (Cantarella (Graphic Novel)) (v. 1)
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