Monday, September 23, 2013

Manga Mondays #166: Sherlock Bones vol. 1 by Yuma Ando

Manga Mondays Meme

I've been doing Manga Mondays every week since I started my blog 3 years ago. It started out as a personal feature, but I decided to turn it into a meme last year. There are quite a few people who do Manga Mondays. I don't claim by any means that I owned or created the idea of Manga Mondays - it's an obvious choice given the alliteration. I think a meme is a great way for everyone to publicize their own Manga Mondays and get a little more publicity.

The linky will be below my review.

Sherlock Bones vol. 1 by Yuma Ando


DEDUCTIVE DOG DETECTIVE When Takeru adopts his new pet, he's in for a surprise—the dog is none other than the reincarnation of Sherlock Holmes, the famous detective. What's more, this "Sherdog" has decided that Takeru is the reincarnation of his long-time assistant, Dr. Watson. Takeru may think Sherdog (or he himself) is crazy, but with no one else able to communicate with Holmes, he's roped into becoming the canine's assistant all the same. Using his exceptional sleuthing skills, Holmes uncovers clues to solve the trickiest crimes. (courtesy of Goodreads)


*Warning: Potential spoilers. My manga reviews tend to be more of a summary than a review. I find it hard to review manga in the same way I do regular books.

Can you say cute?

I'm on a Sherlock Holmes kick right now. I'm obsessed with the BBC show (Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott...squee!). I'm reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes to gain an appreciation for the original. And here I find a manga take-off on the world's most famous consulting detective.

Like most manga series, this is hilariously ridiculous. But in a good way - you get the feeling that the mangaka realizes the silliness of the series, whereas other series I've read take themselves too seriously.

The volume starts out with Takeru (the Chinese characters of his full name can be pronounced Wa-to-son) adopting an adorable dog. Turns out the dog is Sherlock Holmes reincarnated. And what's more he has a psychic link to Takeru - and only to him - so they can communicate.

Like the real Sherlock, Sherdog is both arrogant and a genius. He drags Takeru into the middle of a suspected murder. It's a revenge killing for a case of bullying that led to a suicide. We find out who the killer is right away. The suspense comes in revealing how Sherdog knew it was her through his deductions.

Definitely a great series for a laugh. I'm going to read more.

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  1. Sherlock Holmes in dog form? TOO CUTE! Love it. I'm on a bit of a Sherlock kick myself Alison, I'm obsessed with the show Elementary and the movies have been running on replay on a couple movie channels and I've just watched them over and over:) Glad this was a fun first volume!

  2. A dog as the reincarnation of sherlock holmes!? Awesome!

  3. This one looks cute! I love the BBC Sherlock and even enjoyed Elementary - the US version. Would love to read this one as it looks like a lot of fun!

  4. This looks so adorable! And I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL SEASON 3 COMES OUT. That is all.

  5. I've never heard of this before but I SO want to check it out! It sounds adorable and I will be soon on a Sherlock kick when Season 3 starts!

  6. Sherdog? Wow. That is.. Sort of genius :P I've seen a couple of other manga retellings of Sherlock Holmes. Have you read Young Miss Holmes?

  7. This sounds so awesome! Adding to my to-read list :)

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