Pet Shop of Horrors by Matsuri is a Japanese horror manga story that features the eccentric Count D and the patrons who frequent his establishment. The Pet Shop is located in the heart of Chinatown and is run by Count D, an esoteric figure who seems to have the perfect “pet” for each patron. However, inside flap it states that he sells “love, dreams and hope” to people. There are four stories in this volume: Dream, Despair, Daughter and Dreizehn.
Each story is a morality tale with an added bit of mystery, suspense and horror with a bit of fantasy. The only continuing characters in each story is Officer Leo Orcot and pet shop owner Count D. Here is how the story goes: Each owner has come to shop after some great life change: death in the family, shattered hopes and dreams. They are wanting something different in which to make them complete so they seek out the mystery Pet Shop. The patrons who eventually purchase a pet from Count D are given a set of 3 specific rules that they must never break. If they don’t follow the rules then the store owner is released of all responsibility of his contract if something bad were to happen to the pet owner. Of course, the pet finds some way to get the owner to break the rules or the owner decides to not take the rules seriously and thus tragedy occurs. Enter Officer Orcot. He notices that each of the bizarre incidents he has investigated seem to all have one thing in common in that each case the victims all had purchased a pet from Count D’s store in Chinatown. So Orcott visits the mysterious shop owner and learns a little bit out the fate of most of his patrons.
I’m just going to quickly mention a couple of things: the content or story was very engaging even from the first page. Pet Shop of Horrors was very suspenseful and intriguing. A page-turner really. I couldn’t put it down. The artwork again is average. Not every impressive but then again I can’t draw for shit. Last, the story is rated T for Teens (Age 13 and up) and reads from right to left. I highly recommend this title if your a fan of horror and want a suspenseful and serious story to enjoy. It’s right on par with Deathnote in that it is very engaging in a cerebral way. This one doesn’t have a lot of sound effects to skim through and the dialogue is clear and legible. I enjoyed this one very much and look forward to reading the next installment which boats a modest 10 volumes. I really need to stay away from series is that is overly long. My grade, B+.