Tears of a Lamb Volume One is rated “T” for teens.

Tears of a Lamb Volume One
Written by: Banri Hidaka
Publisher: Hakusensha
English Publisher: CMX
Release Date: January 2, 2008

The main character of the series is Kei Hasumi, and she’s a high school freshman. She wants to get into the apartment of her classmate, Kyosuke Kanzaki, because she’s trying to find something that she believes she lost in his apartment a couple of tenants earlier. Kei lives in the apartment across the way from Kanzaki with her older brothers, Saito Takama and Rihito Hasumi. Kei’s insistence on trying to get into Kanzaki’s apartment becomes a starting point for these two high school freshmen to start a friendship. By the end of the first volume, you learn that both Kei and Kanzaki have gone through trauma in their lives. Can these two friends help each other get over their demons from the past?

Admittedly, the art in Tears of a Lamb is a little on the simplistic side. There are also some panels that fall into some of the “stereotypical” manga facial expressions and actions. However, I thought this simplistic style worked for the storytelling that’s being used for the series. While the panels that employ the “stereotypical” manga conventions can be a little annoying at times, they do seem to work with the characters and the overall feel of the story. I feel this especially works with a character like Kei, who has a “never give up” attitude and who can also be a little obnoxious at times.

I thought Tears of a Lamb has a decent story, and as the background stories for the two main characters become revealed, you start to become emotionally invested in them. With this emotional investment, you find yourself wishing to learn even more about them. At the end of the first volume, I found myself wanting to get to know these characters even more and to find out what happens to them next. I really wouldn’t have any objections to reading future volumes of this manga series if I were to come across them at the library.

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