The latest from Kaori Yuki, queen of crack, and full of all the beautiful men, id-tastic author’s notes, parrots of doom, deadly dolls, zombies, and utter WTF that one might expect if one is familiar with her work. I enjoyed the hell out of it, and if you like any of her other her manga, you probably will too. It reminds me most of Godchild, but so far without the emotional intensity – but then, Godchild didn’t have that in early volumes either. It’s very funny, completely bizarre, and makes a lot more sense than Fairy Cube. Of course, everything ever makes a lot more sense than Fairy Cube.

The first few pages are fairly incoherent, and I periodically got lost until I figured out that there are at least three different characters who are tall beautiful men with long blonde hair. One of them is named Lucille, but that did not fool me. I immediately pegged him as a man. Probably due to his resemblance to Rosiel.

I cannot even begin to summarize this beyond saying that it’s about a traveling orchestra that slays zombies with music, so I will quote bits of dialogue instead:

“You’re a man-eating doll… a guignol!”

“How dare you speak that way to me, minstrel scum!”

“When father told me we’d have visitors from the palace, I was sure they were finally sending the soldiers we’d requested to wipe out the guignols… the diseased dolls that infest the outside world!”

[Author sidebar featuring a drawing of a governess in a sexy maid outfit, with the caption, “Yes, I like big breasts! I wish mine were big!”]

“Go ahead and eat me! At last, we’ll be together!”

[Author sidebar featuring a drawing of an adorable hedgehog, and the note, “When the hedgehog isn’t visible, he’s probably under Gwindel’s hat. Aren’t hedgehogs cute? I can’t resist them. Anyway, the story is supposed to be set in the Middle Ages (sort of) with a French air – not that you’d know it! That’s okay. I like an anything goes approach.”]

“Have a look. A bird cage, just for you. Now you will sing for me alone! My canary for life!”

“Maids! You come with me! [Spoiler character name!] You stay here and infect Lucille!”

What is amazing is that this barely scrapes the surface of the glorious WTF contained within this single volume of manga. I promise you, if this tempts you read it, you will not feel like I spoiled a thing.

Grand Guignol Orchestra, Vol. 1
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From: [personal profile] coffeeandink


I just finished Volume 2! I am sure you will be shocked to hear there are (a) Lewis Carroll references; and (b) nuns!
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From: [personal profile] oyceter


That is the one with the organ (musical instrument) of DEATH!!! Haha, Rachel, I think I was showing you random bits of it in China.
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From: [personal profile] oyceter


Oh man I so should have lent it to you! One of my goals in life is to foist yuki kaori on as many people as possible!
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From: [personal profile] torachan


Hahaha! I think "I like an anything goes approach" is a good summary of all her manga.

From: [identity profile] meganbmoore.livejournal.com


Hmm...I wonder if being sick would make this more or less cracktastic? (This is an important question when one has extra time on her hands.)

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com


It is hard to imagine ANYTHING making this more cracktastic.

From: [identity profile] shati.livejournal.com


I started reading the dialogue samples before I got the post properly scrolled onto my screen, and I was like, Hm, I should read whatever this is, it sounds very Kaori Yuki-esque. And that was even before I hit "Go ahead and eat me! At last, we'll be together!"

Oh Kaori Yuki. <3 I am very excited by the prospect of a new manga from her that makes more sense than Fairy Cube.
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