Reviews - What do customers think about Dragon Knights #1?
Amazingly Riveting Dec 6, 2006
I am known for my hatred of all things manga, anime, or anything else of that ilk. In fact, I have somewhat of a reputation as a stick-in-the-mud when concerning such issues. But very recently, I was at a public library with some spare time, and just to be open-minded, I gave "Dragon Knights" a try.I looked at the synopsis and was ready to laugh it off as superficial and child-like. With phrases such as "dragon knight," "demon hunting," "elemental power," and "dragon lord" I was ready to condemn it as just plain stupid, for lack of a better word.
But with nothing better to do, I opened the first page [to be truthful, it was actually the last page because I was used to the Japanese style of reading right to left]. And then, as though the sky had opened and angels of every religion were singing, I beheld the ingeniousness of Mineko Ohkami's work. I haven't been so engaged by a book since the first time I read ElfQuest, Davinci Code,, or even the original Dune books.
While the art is standard manga/anime style, Ohkami gives each of her characters a unique and visible persona. Many artist fall into the trap of letting all of their characters take on the same appearance, only to be differentiated by their clothing. All of Ohkami's characters are easily recognizable, not only in their looks but also through their vivid personalities that shine through the pages.
The story line leaves little to be desired. While convoluted and complex, this tale of high adventure, epic battles, sacrifice, friendship and deceit drags the reader across all levels of the proverbial board, it never leaves one behind.
This first book is the most lighthearted, introducing the unforgettable characters of Rune, the gentle and reluctant Water Dragon Knight, Thatz, the mischievous and crafty theif-turned-Earth-Dragon-Knight, and Rath, the obsessive demon killer with a dark secret who acts as the Dragon Knight of Fire. These three unlikely heros are on a mission from their leader, Lykouleon the Dragon Lord, to retrieve the severed head of the still powerful Demon Lord Nadil.
Along the way, Rune, Thatz, and Rath encounter many trails, some of which find the knights dressing in drag repeatedly. When they finally return to their kingdom, the humorous side of this series fades and a frighteningly serious and dramatic saga takes it's place. The knights are each faced with their own private battles, some of which end tragically and even disastrously for not only the knights, but their entire world.
As I progressed through the series, I saw an improvement to the structure of the story line as well as the artwork. The most fascinating aspect of this series is Ohkami's attention to detail: Tiny, supporting characters that occupy single pages in one book are later brought back unexpectedly. Objects and animals that seem insignificant filler art are referred to seven books later and become essential to the plot. For its initial simplicity, "Dragon Knights" has become one of the most challenging series I have had the pleasure of taking part in.
After reading most of the entire series, I am convinced that I have found a new favorite. The Anime/Manga style and I have reached a grudging respect as a result of Ohkami's work. I can only hope that you can enjoy this truly unique and down-right fun series as much as I have.
Dragon Knights Jun 17, 2006
The book "Dragon Knights" is about people with swords and they make their dragons come out. There are demons zombies, dragons, people, and all sorts of demons. There are three main character's 'the first is Kith, Rath, and Mike. The book is cool because the book had stuff I like some. The thing I like was dragons. My opinions were good and the book was great because it had swords and dragons that was why I put a five. My recommendations are any body that likes demons, swored, and dragons and I like it a lot.
Just OK, Not Spectacular Feb 9, 2006
The premise of Dragon Knights is good: three handsome and very different heroes are on a quest in a mythical land. We have a blond elf called Run, a redheaded human named Thatz, and a brunette half-demon named Rath. Each knight has a small, adorable dragon on his shoulder.
My problems with this manga are that the art is light sketching without depth or shading, the story is confusing and hard to follow. The knights' eyes take up most of the panel space. The story leaps from nothing to action, which is a lot of swirling mist and you don't know who is who.
dragon knights Jan 24, 2006
My Book Review
This book, Dragon Knights by Mineko Ohikami is a book about friendship, evilness, and also hastiness. This book is a bit challenging but I could read it so I think you can too. The way you read Dragon Knights is you read it like no other book, you read it from right to left. I recommend you to read this book because you might relate to the book because I related to it. In the thrilling book Dragon Knights you will find happiness, sadness, bravery, and oblivious writing. If you don't know what oblivious means it means unaware of something. The over all theme of this book would probably be bravery. The reason I say that is because every time all the characters gets in big trouble they usually have to be brave so they can kill the thing they are fighting. The most thing they are fighting in this book is demons. So if you like books about demons this would be the book for you. Some of the characters in this book are Thatz , Kitchell, Rath, and Cesia. They are the four main characters in this book. They explore the whole world just to find the three treasures. I can't tell you if they find them. All I can tell you is that they meet a little guy about 4 inches tall and flies named ringleys on their journey. They also meet the evil dragon lord that can control all of demons. One of the settings in this book is a continent. They call this place Dusis. Dusis looks like a place with a lot of buildings. It is like the town of the world. Another is a continent also but it is the exact opposite. It is a continent that is full of demons instead of buildings. They call it Arinas. Arinas is where they meet all the people on their journey. Overall the ending of this book is awesome. I felt good about the fact that they came out with the book Dragon Knights. A part in the book I liked the most was when they partied at the end of the last book. If I were to rate this book I would give it a 8 out of 10. that is how much I love this book.
You Have to LOVE IT!!! Oct 17, 2005
DON'T OVER LOOOK THIS MANGA!! At first you look at the cover art wich doesn't look that good. Take a look in the inside and you'll be shocked to find BEAUTIFUL artwork that oviosly took time!! This book is about three dragon knights that are well, out of the ordinary. The first book is funny giddy and alaround fun. Once you get further intot he series a plot comes into play and tgings get darker. The artwork is GORGOUS and should be read!!! Difenetly a 10 star book!!