Nephilim Vol 2 by Anna Hanamaki Manga Review

Title:  Nephilim Vol 2

Author:  Anna Hanamaki

Publisher:  Aurora

ISBN:  9781934496275

May Contain Spoilers

This volume kind of lost me.  Sadly.  I was looking forward to another silly romp with the gender changing Abel and the shameless womanizer, Guy.  Instead, there was a mishmash of elements introduced to the series, and none of them were very convincing.

Abel has been searching tirelessly for Guy, who sacrificed himself to save her.  For a year she has looked high and low for him, refusing to believe that he could be dead.  His body was never found, and despite how unlikely it seems, she’s willing to spend the rest of her days looking for him.  She loves him, and wants to marry him.  It’s almost enough to make even the most jaded manga reader cry.

During her travels, she comes across another Nephilim, Luca.  Luca’s in a bad way, a prisoner at a brothel, where she’s abused and treated like an animal.  Abel can’t turn her back on one of her own kind, and she attempts to rescue Luca.  What Abel doesn’t know is that a secret organization, LoGuE, was already working on a plan to spring Luca, and Abel’s interference almost foils their rescue mission.

Now, this is where the tale went awry for me.  Guy is a member of this secret organization, and instead of a happy reunion, Abel stumbles into a maze of confusion.  The beautiful Loraine, one of the LoGuE leaders, gets along a little too well with Guy, and Guy isn’t exactly up-front about their relationship.  While this new twist could have been interesting, it took a backseat to the Nephilim rescues, which gave Guy a chance to flex his muscles while saving the suddenly helpless Abel.  Though Guy did look gorgeous on several occasions, that didn’t make up for the flimsy plot or the lack of attention given to the love triangle that is interfering with Abel’s dreams of a happily ever after. 

Despite some occasionally awkward proportions, it’s the art that kept me the most interested.  Guy is hot, especially when his lanky frame is draped with that awesome jacket of his.  Loraine wasn’t chopped liver either, and once again, it was her wardrobe that made the woman.  Next to her, Abel faded into obscurity.  In the trendy world of Nephilim, Abel’s attire just didn’t make the cut.

Though I was disappointed with this volume, I admit that I’m curious  to learn the fate of Abel and Guy’s romance.  Hopefully the next installment will spend a little more time on that, and less on rushing about trying to create a sense of suspense.

Grade: C

Rated for Older Teen

Review copy provided by Aurora

10 thoughts on “Nephilim Vol 2 by Anna Hanamaki Manga Review

  • August 12, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Thanks for the review. I didn’t like the first volume of Nephilim very much, although it had a certain over the top charm mainly due to Guy’s  billowing puffy shirts and constant display of abs. I guess if I check out the second volume I’ll try to get it at the library.

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  • August 13, 2008 at 7:53 am

    As far as I know, I don’t think there actually <I>is</i> a third volume of this title.

  • August 13, 2008 at 7:54 am

    Um, that attempt to italicize didn’t go so well. 🙂

  • August 13, 2008 at 8:07 am

    @jun – Now, that totally sucks.  A quick look at Amazon JP shows that volume 2 was released in 2005.  And then – nothing!  I hate that!

    @Anna – For sure, rent it from the library.  There is nothing worse than the lack of an ending!

  • August 13, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Maybe it got cancelled ‘cos it was so lame? 🙂

  • August 13, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    @jun – But Guy is so hot! And his coat is so awesome!  Boohoo!  

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  • June 24, 2010 at 3:07 am

    I like this manga but some details are kinda left open or forgotten… i guess maybe they will pick up lose ends… later on in the story~~~

  • December 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    i love the drawing…its beautiful…i kind of like the story plot..but i really hate that this story didn’t have and ending..what makes me more sad is…the story just stop at Abel knowing Guy’s true relationship with Loraine (they’re lover and engaged, when she just a second ago openly pour her heart out to Guy T.T…. poor Abel….i really want to see Abel’s character developing into a fine women…and…Abel outfit are to childish… T.T

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