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Tetragrammaton Labyrinth Vol 2 (Tetragrammaton Labryinth) [Paperback]

By Ei Itou
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When darkness falls on the foggy streets of London, demons and monsters emerge to prey on human life. But demons aren't the only ones prowling the streets. Two women have picked up the fight as humanity's frontline defense against the darkness--a young gun-toting nun named Sister Meg and her mysterious, eternally youthful partner Angela. Together, they have made it their life's work to spend their nights hunting the vile demons that stalk mankind.

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 28, 2007
Publisher   Seven Seas
ISBN  193316459X  
ISBN13  9781933164595  

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Angela needed a new weapon after her previous scythe was broken during the intense fighting we saw in Volume 1. The scythe she wants now is held at a Church research facility under lock and key. It is a weapon so powerful that it could kill that which could not be killed, a heavenly angel! In fact, the scythe is still stuck in the fossilized remains of the angel. Many people have tried to wield it, but in the end they were all killed and their spiritual power was added to the scythe. So, every person that has died trying to get their hands on it has made it even more deadly. Not only do Meg and Angela have to deal with the ghosts that haunt it, things get a bit crazier when they remove it from the dead angel and it comes back to a fallen angel, with murder on its mind. After that, the duo are called to Germany for unknown reasons and encounter Hugh Williams, a demon's servant who uses the shipping lanes between England and the mainland to offer sacrifices to his master.

The biggest surprise I got from this second volume was the fact that Angela is around 400 years old. Just looking at the two girls from a purely physical standpoint, Meg looks much older, like around 18-20, while Angela looks about 12 or so. What we find out is that it is Angela who is the big sister figure and that even though she says she only exists because Meg needs her, it is Meg who leans on her most of the time instead of the other way around. Something else that is revealed about Angela is that she has no compunctions about killing innocent people if it serves a greater good. For example, when Hugh Williams takes hostages on the boat, Angela takes out at least 3-4 of them to take away his bargaining chips. Let's just say she takes the Keanu Reeves option from his film Speed of "Shoot the Hostage" to a whole 'nother level. She seems a little inhuman in her dealings with anyone but Meg but it is that very relationship that gives her humanity. It is Angela who reigns as the star in this second volume. It closes with the promise of revealing how Angela and Meg first met in the next installment.

Blood-Red Strawberry (?)  Feb 29, 2008
I admit it.
I purchased the first book on a rash notion. I've been desparate for a shojo-ai title in which the characters build a genuine relationship & love before hopping into bed together, & where heterosexual characters actually exist in the backgrounds.

& the first book disappointed me. No, not in the yuri aspect.
The plot is rather average, forgettable. A nun & a half-demon battling the evil entities that plague a younger world: innocent Meg, jaded Angela, & a magical scythe. (I find it interesting how the half-demon's name is ANGELa, nice touch Itou.) & with beings able to regenerate their bodies, black blood & guts can smear as much as the author wishes. & he wishes a lot. Very basic storytelling.
I actually didn't mind the demon battles. It was the second half that left me somewhat empty. A forced Japanese cameo just didn't feel organic, & the possession of Meg also felt unnatural. I was worried that I had wasted my money.
But I never give up on a series after reading only one volume, so Tetragrammaton Labyrinth received its second chance with volume 2. & you know what, it's redeemable.
This volume focuses on Angela's search for the man who made her into the soulless non-human that she has become, & Meg comes to realize what an enigma she's working hand-in-hand with. & then a true plot cystalizes.
No, it's not a great plot. It wavers unwarily between dirty mindlessness & thin depth. But it shows a shining potential that I hope will blossom.
It's good enough that I'm actually hoping.

Ok, now I get to what everyone really cares about: the yuri (really shojo-ai). Everyone will have a different interpretation. It's apparent that the 2 are emotionally obsessed with one another, & it's reminiscent of a more subtle 'Loveless' to me. It's true in this second volume that Angela calls Meg her 'sister', & this has caused many readers to reject the concept of a romantic relationship existing between them. I disagree. Actions speak louder than words, & there is a notable sexual tension in the air. The way the 2 hold each other is just too intimate & charged. In the opening pages, there's a strange subtextual eroticness in how Angela kisses Meg's fingers. & at one point in the series thus far, the author put much emphasis onto a scene of Angela giving Meg mouth-to-mouth CPR--he drew it as if they were kissing. I don't know whether Itou will leave their relationship in the dark & locked away only in the reader's mind, or if he will eventually overtly draw it out towards the series' end, but it's clear that there is indeed an edge of lesbianism to the ambiance. If he does eventually make them plunge into their desires, I'll be a happy girl.
But for hardcore fans who demand their yuri fast & blunt, search elsewhere.

The art: the paneling is at times awkward, but the art manages to convey emotion well. The character designs are far from original, but the 'William demon' of this volume was surprisingly revolting.

Pure potato-chip manga.

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