The book that spawned the Twelve Kingdoms series!When student teacher Hirose comes back to his alma matter for a few weeks, he notices one student in particular, Takasato Kaname, who stands out in a strange way. The other students seem to be doing their best to pretend Takasato isn't even there. Then Hirose finds out from some of them that Takasato was "spirited away" andThe book that spawned the Twelve Kingdoms series!When student teacher Hirose comes back to his alma matter for a few weeks, he notices one student in particular, Takasato Kaname, who stands out in a strange way. The other students seem to be doing their best to pretend Takasato isn't even there. Then Hirose finds out from some of them that Takasato was "spirited away" and mysteriously reappeared a year later with no memories of where he had been or what had happened during that time.They also tell him bad things happen to people who mess with Takasato. Hirose soon witnesses this for himself as the consequences grow ever more severe and horrifying.Chronologically this novel takes place after the fourth Twelve Kingdoms book, Skies of Dawn (風の万里 黎明の空; Kaze no Banri, Reimei no Sora) and some events are covered in book six (黄昏の岸 暁の天; Tasogare no Kishi, Akatsuki no Sora)....
|Title||:||魔性の子 [Mashō no Ko]|
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|Number of Pages||:||437 Pages|
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魔性の子 [Mashō no Ko] Reviews
There weren't any proper reviews of this novel, so I decided to write one myself. Mashou No Ko (Demon Child, as it is usually translated) is a horror novel connected to, but not actually a part of, the Twelve Kingdoms series (Juuni Kokuki). In the latest Japanese re-publication (2012), it is listed as "Volume 0" in the series. Ono Fuyumi wrote it before beginning the series, and later worked it into the series.Demon Child is told from the point of view of Hirose, a student teacher who has returned to his alma mater to teach before he graduates. There, he reconnects with his old favorite teacher, Gotou, who is supervising his training. On his first day teaching, Hirose notices that one of the students, Takasato Kaname, is different from the others. The other students often act as though he doesn't exist, and some of them tell Hirose about what they call the “Curse of Takasato”—whenever anyone crosses Takasato, something bad almost always happens to them, which can never be directly connected to Takasato. Strangely enough, Takasato never shows any anger towards others, but in the past those who hurt him have ended up injured or sometimes dead. This, they say, is attributed to the year that Takasato was “spirited away,” when he vanished and returned a year later with no memories of the missing year.As Hirose begins to learn more about Takasato, and becomes closer to him, the strange occurrences around Takasato began to strike more fiercely and rapidly towards those connected to him. Frightening monsters surround Takasato, causing these events, which Takasato cannot control. As Hirose tries to understand Takasato, he begins to identify with him as someone who feels he does not belong in this world.(view spoiler)[When the time comes for Takasato to leave the world in which he doesn't belong, Hirose longs to escape to another world as well, but cannot as a normal human. Hirose's interest in Takasato struck me as interesting as a reader of fantasy and paranormal novels, as he grows more distant from the world as he gets to know Takasato better. Like those of us who read such novels, we long to escape to a place where we feel we will belong, although it's unlikely we'll really find a place of true belonging anywhere else.(hide spoiler)]Demon Child is a good standalone horror novel (I think it would make quite an interesting film) but is also, of course, connected to the Twelve Kingdoms series. In the context of the series, this novel tells the story of Taiki (Takasato) as he returns to Japan accidentally. The novel itself is—briefly—retold in Tasogare no Kishi, Akatsuki no Sora from the perspective of those in the other world, so it is not necessary to read this novel to get the complete story, but it an interesting companion piece.Although I am not normally a reader of horror novels, I did enjoy this one very much. Of course, it's connected to a series that I have enjoyed. It is also nice to get a better perspective on Taiki, especially as Ono hasn't continued his story arc yet. I would probably not have picked this one up otherwise, but I'm glad I did.
Background of the review:The first time I read it, 4 years ago, it was right after reading Taiki's story in The 12 Kingdom's series, so my knowledge of the time he was "spirited away" was still fresh. I have subconsciously related the resonance between Takasato and Hirose to Taiki and his Taiou, which made me very partial of Hirose. Now that I've re-read it as a stand alone, I have a more neutral take on how Hirose acts throughout the story. While I was less surprised by the events through the re-reading, the development of Hirose's character was still superb despite me knowing how it will unfold. If anything, I felt him more relatable as a fellow human. Since this book was released prior to the actual series it belongs to, I know that it will be hard for readers to be satisfied with the open-ended conclusion of the story. I wanted to try reading it as a stand alone as how it was initially published and I realized that I liked reading it more chronologically, when I just read the other books. Now I have the desire to re-read the entire series.For the actual review, I still gave it 5 stars because the entire series is too amazing for me.What I liked about it: Hirose. The diverse characters. Hirose's narration gave each character their own light in a humanly biased way. This makes this story relatable despite the heavy supernatural and fantasy mixed in it. There is the admission of being partial in his part, or for humans in general, which was eloquently stated by Gotou as liking everyone means not liking anyone at all. Gotou served as the conscience throughout, and his inconsistent support is similar to how people who cares for us still draws the line on until where they can actually support us. I am pretty sure that there are several ideas in the books which were lost in translation, but the main idea that the book brought me is that it is about the irony of being human. Almost everything that occurs in this book is ironic, and the fact that everything is abnormal actually brings out more of each character's humanity in the best but mostly, worst ways possible.Another element played halfway through is how there is always two sides of the same coin. That is the limit of being human, we put a line to differentiate things that are essentially the same and make ourselves believe that they are different while knowing deep inside that we are just fools trying to fool everyone including ourselves. As a horror, it actually did not dwell too much in adorning it with 'shock' elements. It actually used very simple yet vivid explanations for the scenes to send chills down my spine. The scare factor is how the scenes are too simple and seemingly normal, so it's more scary because it might just happen in real life anytime.Mystery played a very big part on the novel, which makes it really hard to put the book down once you get into it. The ending just solved a fraction of it, and it's still best to read the whole series. Which is once again, very ironic because this book is supposed to solve the holes in the main series. Overall, I find the book to be a worthwhile read especially on its psychological take on various human behaviour. After re-reading it, it still makes me wonder how, as an individual, would I react to such situations and how would I end up with an enemy that defies rationality.
Cautivadora historia de terror... aunque lo es? Increíble la manera que un cuento antiguo se llega a enlazar con lo que viene más adelante. Historia súper recomendada.
Loved every single book of this series. It's the kind of book that when you put it down at the very end you feel a mix of great satisfaction (because the story was packed with greatness), unbelievable anger (angry because it's over), frustration (because there's still so many unanswered questions in your mind), sadness and joy at the same time. Now the French edition is the only one that has translated the full series from Japanese (as of yet) and since it's my mother language I bought them in French (lucky me) but I suggest waiting for all the books to be out because.....you won't be able to put it down.
Having already seen the Twelve Kingdoms anime and read several other books in that series, the plot seemed a bit easy to see through........or so I thought. Fuyumi Ono managed to en-thrill just the same with this book as well. I knew the ending to some extent, it's just that the journey towards it was once again masterfully crafted. I absolutely love her books!
It wasn't bad. Since I knew from beginning what was going on because of reading the Twelve ingdoms series first and the I also saw the anime it wasn't so interesting as should be. But ayway it still a very good book.