The Tarot Cafe, Volume 1 by Sang-Sun Park
Series: The Tarot Cafe #1
Genre: Manga | Fantasy
Length: 528 pages
Published on 24th July 2018 by TokyoPop
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
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eCopy recieved from NetGalley
Meet Pamela, a tarot card reader who helps supernatural beings living in the human world. She’ll help anyone, whether they’re a love-stricken cat, a vampire spending eternal life running from his one true love, an unattractive waitress looking for the man of her dreams, or even a magician who creates a humanoid doll to serve the woman he loves. Although she is good-natured, there is a deep dark secret that she must deal with before she can move on to the next life.
A manga about a Tarot Cafe? Yes sign me up!
Very small font around the Tarot cards describing what they are and how they’re relevant to the story on the computer screen? OH NO TAKE IT AWAY FROM ME.
Its annoying having to write a review that ends up being impacted negatively because of the format of the review copies but alas I shall do my best.
I did also find the story hard to follow at times, to the point where I panicked and thought I had read it back to front…
But other than those two things I actually really enjoyed this manga.
The character designs really blew me away and it was nice to see such attention with no use of colour.
The story follows Pamela as she reads tarot for supernatural beings, they all bringher a bead and a story. So as well as the overarching story of what Pamela is setting out to achieve with these bead we also get a bunch of short stories from each of the customers.
I really enjoyed the short stories as they all had something interesting to tell – from creating puppets to falling in love – many even had a folklore vibe to them too. I’d love to know the inspiration to a few of these.
The story featuring a cat was my favourite even if it was heartbreaking!
So was I fan? Yes, mostly. Will I read vol 2? Sure, but not from NetGalley. If anything I’d rather find a physical copy of this and give it a second read through before deciding whether I really do want to continue.
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