Moon Child #5 by Reiko Shimizu Manga Review

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Title:  Moon Child #5

Author:  Reiko Shimizu

Publisher:  CMX

ISBN:  1401208290

May Contain Spoilers

Gil Owens is tormented by visions of the moon.  He dreams that he’s Teruto, and bit by bit, he feels himself slipping away, changing into someone else.  As Teruto gains more control over Gil, he plots the destruction of the world.  He yearns for revenge against Benjamin, for becoming female and stubbornly choosing Art, a human, for her mate.

When Seth collapses, Shonach rescues him and takes him back to Seth’s apartment.  Seth finds himself drawn to Shonach and he’s shocked to learn that he’s Jimmy’s intended mate.  Shonach is surprised to learn that Seth is Jimmy’s twin.  As Seth muses why Benjamin is still in a childlike form, he wonders if Art really will fall in love with him, and fulfill the promise from long ago.  For if Art truly falls in love with Jimmy, Jimmy will gain a soul and become human.

There was so much happening in this book, and my pathetic summary is a poor reflection of the intricacies of the plot.  Gil Owens, wealthy and powerful, is the perfect vessel for Teruto to manipulate the destruction of the planet.  With Gil’s good looks, he has even earned the devotion of Rita, an awkward, giant of a woman.  With her weak psychic abilities, Teruto wonders how best to exploit her gifts for his own purposes.

Jimmy’s confusion is  really fleshed out in this volume.  After Seth explains the story of the ugly duckling, he’s perplexed; aren’t the ugly duckling and the beautiful swan one and the same?  Why was it that only after it changed did people come to love it?  Can people only love him if he changes into the beautiful Benjamin?  Why can’t they love him as he is, for what he is?  Until he finds an answer for that question, I believe that he will continue to fight off his transformation, because what he’s really yearning for is someone to love him the way he is.  Art is so shallow, though, that I wonder if he can look beyond appearances and choose Jimmy over the beautiful Holly (as the reader, I am ignoring the ick factor of Jimmy being a little kid!).

The next volume doesn’t hit book shelves until March 31! Oh, the agony! 

Grade: B+

Rated for Teen