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紫の家を訪れた真秀だが、里見と顔を合わせるとやはり険悪な雰囲気に。それを目にした紫は過去で何かあったはずのその2人について、もっと知りたいと思うようになる。そして夕紫の死の真相を暴くために嵩村と数馬のことも深く知ろうと決意する!! 艶やか転生ロマンス。 2013年8月刊。


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紫の家を訪れた真秀だが、里見と顔を合わせるとやはり険悪な雰囲気に。それを目にした紫は過去で何かあったはずのその2人について、もっと知りたいと思うようになる。そして夕紫の死の真相を暴くために嵩村と数馬のことも深く知ろうと決意する!! 艶やか転生ロマンス。 2013年8月刊。

30 review for Yukarism, Vol. 3

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    2/7 challenges completed for Booktube-A-Thon I don't want to wait for the next volume to be released in November. The ending came and I was like, "Noooooooooo!" Great series so far. Can't wait to see what happens next. 2/7 challenges completed for Booktube-A-Thon I don't want to wait for the next volume to be released in November. The ending came and I was like, "Noooooooooo!" Great series so far. Can't wait to see what happens next.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    "Nothing good results when the future and past connects too strongly.." Read in one sit in.. Pretty cool fast paced manga that continues the story of an historical author who writes accurately about historical Japan yet has ability to slip in and out of his past life in the Edo period yet the past and future starts to connect.. It causes problems.. "Nothing good results when the future and past connects too strongly.." Read in one sit in.. Pretty cool fast paced manga that continues the story of an historical author who writes accurately about historical Japan yet has ability to slip in and out of his past life in the Edo period yet the past and future starts to connect.. It causes problems..

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa See

    THERE'S ONLY ONE MORE VOLUME AFTER THIS?! THERE'S ONLY ONE MORE VOLUME AFTER THIS?!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Oros

    Interesting read and it keeps getting more and more interesting as it unfolds

  5. 5 out of 5

    LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)

    In this volume we learn that Kazuma (view spoiler)[is Yumurasaki's brother. Their mother sold Yumurasaki when she was a child, which allowed Kazuma to survive. (hide spoiler)] When he meets Yumurasaki again years later, she doesn't recognize him, but he recognizes her and decides to devote the rest of his life to protecting her. In the present, Yukari has decided to try breaking free of his past life by purposely learning more about those around him and allowing himself to grow attached to peop In this volume we learn that Kazuma (view spoiler)[is Yumurasaki's brother. Their mother sold Yumurasaki when she was a child, which allowed Kazuma to survive. (hide spoiler)] When he meets Yumurasaki again years later, she doesn't recognize him, but he recognizes her and decides to devote the rest of his life to protecting her. In the present, Yukari has decided to try breaking free of his past life by purposely learning more about those around him and allowing himself to grow attached to people. In particular, he'd like to grow closer to Mahoro. Unfortunately, Yukari, Mahoro, and Satomi have all become so bound up in the patterns of their former lives that breaking free might not be possible. Mahoro and Satomi have a habit of blanking out and attacking each other every time they spend more than a few minutes together, and Yukari can't seem to stop being drawn back to the past. My experience with short manga series has been that most of them are unsatisfying on some level, but so far this has been one of the more decent ones. I wish that Mahoro and Satomi's connections to their past lives could have been done a little more subtly, although I suppose the way Shiomi did things wasn't too bad. Their connection started off so suddenly and over-the-top that it was almost comedic at times, but in this volume it morphed into something more serious that could truly get people killed. The section of this volume focused on Kazuma was...disconserting. When he first met Yumurasaki as an adult, he wasn't 100% sure that she (view spoiler)[was his sister, and he found himself a little attracted to her. The realization that she was definitely his sister came right after his realization that he was maybe attracted to her, but I somehow doubt he ever examined that horrifying mixture of feelings too closely. Oh man, I hope the last volume doesn't reveal that his protectiveness really does spring from feelings a bit more complicated than survivor guilt and brotherly love, because ewww. (hide spoiler)] Yukari (in Yumurasaki's body) and Takamura had some cute scenes this time around. I'm still not sure I buy that Takamura's scariness in the first volume was really just an act, but Shiomi did a better job of making Yumurasaki and Takamura a believable potential couple than I expected. I'm looking forward to reading the final volume. Here's hoping it at least ends well for Yukari, Mahoro, and Satomi. (Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Read3r’z Re-Vu

    In this volume we meet the main character Yukari and the two other characters Mahoro and Katsuhiko who are friends with Yukari. Yukari is a 17 year old famous male author in the modern day. Yukari was born with memories from his past life. In his past life he was an Oiran (a beautiful, renowned high class female courtesan) from the Edo time period. The two characters Mahoro and Katsuhiko are also reincarnation from the same time period as Yukari. These two characters don’t have their memories, but In this volume we meet the main character Yukari and the two other characters Mahoro and Katsuhiko who are friends with Yukari. Yukari is a 17 year old famous male author in the modern day. Yukari was born with memories from his past life. In his past life he was an Oiran (a beautiful, renowned high class female courtesan) from the Edo time period. The two characters Mahoro and Katsuhiko are also reincarnation from the same time period as Yukari. These two characters don’t have their memories, but during the Edo time period they knew each other in the red light district. – Meredith Yukarism volumes 1-4 is a fantastic manga series about past lives, love and an ancient curse binding three incredible characters from the Edo period Japan to modern day. Story building, back story and characterisation are amazing. The story explores themes about belonging, self-sacrifice, acceptance, connections and love. The drawings are beautiful and intricate, I loved it so much that I was inspired to draw a large fan-art poster for Meredith (see below, it’s obviously not as beautiful as the actual drawings!). Recommended if you’re after a manga series that is short and sweet (some manga series can span 10+ volumes). If you like endearing characters, magic, intricate drawings and a heartfelt story about love transcending time, this is a great read to sink your teeth into! - NJ

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This series is getting better as it goes along, but oh my God how does it take Yukari like 80% of this volume to figure out who Mahoro was in her past life? He figures out Satomi's past life pretty early on and there's only like one other Edo period character who hasn't been claimed yet... Ugh. It's made more annoying by the fact that this was revealed to the reader in volume 2, so there's no suspense or real dramatic tension in his realization. It's just frustrating (for me at least) to read th This series is getting better as it goes along, but oh my God how does it take Yukari like 80% of this volume to figure out who Mahoro was in her past life? He figures out Satomi's past life pretty early on and there's only like one other Edo period character who hasn't been claimed yet... Ugh. It's made more annoying by the fact that this was revealed to the reader in volume 2, so there's no suspense or real dramatic tension in his realization. It's just frustrating (for me at least) to read through a character being so slow to figure out things that are really quite obvious and that brought down my view of this manga volume as a whole. On the plus side though, it looks like all of the setup is done and the final volume should be interesting. And even though I don't really care for their modern day counterparts, I liked the backstory provided for Yumurasaki and the character development given to Kazuma and Takamura. I really think I would enjoy this manga a lot more if it was just focused on the Edo era characters...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    This is definitely a fun story, but I'm still glad it's a short one, because if extended too much it would be rather boring. The plot is a lot more about telling the story of these two lovers in Edo period rather than the romance between these two young students, but overall the characters don't really change or evolve in any sense: they're characters that are already established as who they are, which makes their stories the actual center of this universe. This is also why this self-contained u This is definitely a fun story, but I'm still glad it's a short one, because if extended too much it would be rather boring. The plot is a lot more about telling the story of these two lovers in Edo period rather than the romance between these two young students, but overall the characters don't really change or evolve in any sense: they're characters that are already established as who they are, which makes their stories the actual center of this universe. This is also why this self-contained universe works so well with the story Shiomi wants to tell. Looking forward to read the next one!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Child960801

    As the past begins to creep more and more into the present, we learn new things about each of the characters and their motivations. We also learn that this really shouldn't be a love triangle. We also begin to see that the past is starting to really affect the present, with Yukari starting to experience Yumurasaki's illness. As the past begins to creep more and more into the present, we learn new things about each of the characters and their motivations. We also learn that this really shouldn't be a love triangle. We also begin to see that the past is starting to really affect the present, with Yukari starting to experience Yumurasaki's illness.

  10. 5 out of 5

    R

    Great story and beautiful artwork. So glad we officially know who is who! This volume got a bit risque at times.

  11. 4 out of 5

    InHerWorld

    Well that was really predictable.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Briana

    This felt a bit to predictable which made it boring.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kaylabookworm22 L

    This series is so good! I really wish it was longer!

  14. 5 out of 5

    -moonprismpower-

    Oh wow, this story just keeps getting better and better!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laura Martinelli

    The good thing about Shiomi Chika’s series is that while there is so much backstory and lead-in to her plot lines, she does cut to the point fairly quickly and starts answering questions as soon as she can/ And especially with Yukarism being only four volumes long, I liked that we do get start to see some questions answered—I think that we’re not going to learn who murdered Yumurasaki until the very end, but at least we have more exploration in her relationships with Kazuma and Shizuka, and how The good thing about Shiomi Chika’s series is that while there is so much backstory and lead-in to her plot lines, she does cut to the point fairly quickly and starts answering questions as soon as she can/ And especially with Yukarism being only four volumes long, I liked that we do get start to see some questions answered—I think that we’re not going to learn who murdered Yumurasaki until the very end, but at least we have more exploration in her relationships with Kazuma and Shizuka, and how that affects the present day relationships between Yukari, Katsuhiko and Mahoro. As I mentioned in volume 2, I like that despite clearly rubbing each other wrong way (and their prior lives’ emotions getting in the way of things), Katsuhiko and Mahoro are dedicated to stopping whatever onslaught the spirits’ they possess are preparing to unleash to the best of their abilities. I think it would have been easy for Shizuka and Kazuma to respectively continue to take hold of their hosts throughout the series, warping their personalities, but I like that both Katsuhiko and Mahoro are able to hold those emotions for some time. (Although I do want an all-out fight in the last volume—I don’t want either party to die, I just think that this needs to be paid off.) We also finally learn the history that Yumurasaki has with both Kazuma and Shizuka, as well as their respective backstories. (view spoiler)[And I do like that we do have evidence that Yumurasaki is Kazuma’s sister, he’s still not entirely sure, but still feels the need to keep protecting her. It’s a minor detail that I do really like about the story. (hide spoiler)] The only thing that I don’t like as much with the backstory dance is just that we’re largely getting it in exposition flashbacks, with Yukari in Yumurasaki’s body admitting that he’s from the future and needing to know what happened between Yumurasaki and Shizuka. It’s not bad, but it just does feel a little ploddy at times, and I think that it could have been streamlined a little more. But largely, the back-and-forth works for me, because we’re still unsure of the main mystery of the series, and I like that even in the penultimate volume, we still don’t know the truth. I really like that it’s unclear if Shizuka or Kazuma killed Yumurasaki and that there’s potential reasons why they both could have done it. (Especially with the revelation that Yumurasaki has an unknown ailment that’s beginning to affect Yukari in the present day.) And the mystery is definitely keeping me on my toes, and makes me interested in what’s going to happen in the final volume in a few months. I’ve really enjoyed this series so far, and I’m really excited to finally read the endgame.

  16. 5 out of 5

    S.Q. Eries

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In Summary Up till now, Yukari has been observing people and the bizarre string of events with a kind of detached amusement. Now he gets dragged out of his ivory tower and into the chaos that is increasingly affecting Mahoro and Satomi. With Yukari getting swept into his past self’s emotions, the story is becoming a much more compelling read. The Review Yukari’s a pretty self-absorbed character. It wasn’t for his writing skills, he’d probably be dismissed as a narcissistic jerk. However, in Volume In Summary Up till now, Yukari has been observing people and the bizarre string of events with a kind of detached amusement. Now he gets dragged out of his ivory tower and into the chaos that is increasingly affecting Mahoro and Satomi. With Yukari getting swept into his past self’s emotions, the story is becoming a much more compelling read. The Review Yukari’s a pretty self-absorbed character. It wasn’t for his writing skills, he’d probably be dismissed as a narcissistic jerk. However, in Volume 3, that aspect of him gradually changes. Much the way Mahoro and Satomi get “possessed” by their previous incarnations, Yumurasaki’s mannerisms and skills manifest in Yukari. Shiomi-sensei get some laughs out of it with Yukari’s male schoolmates suddenly falling for him the way Yumurasaki’s Edo era clientele did (though oddly, none of the boys question their attraction the way Satomi does). More importantly, Yukari finds himself wanting to know Satomi and Mahoro better, beyond the novelty of seeing their past and present lives overlap. As such, we get more back story on Takamura and Kazuma. Although the reasons behind their devotion to Yumurasaki are very different, the intensity of their feelings are similar, and it becomes clear why their jealousy has endured to the present, even if Mahoro and Satomi don’t understand it. As in Volume 2, the two continue lapsing back to their previous selves with the effect alternating between comic and disturbing. Then the situation gets completely chaotic when the past overlaps with the present. Yukari can’t be the aloof observer anymore, not when he’s actually experiencing Yukari’s sickness in his own body. With his own well-being threatened, his need to know what happened in the past becomes that much more critical, and the story becomes that much more exciting. Extras include a bonus one-page manga, translation notes, and author bio. For more manga and book reviews, drop by my blog Keeping It In Canon!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Judyth (Geeky Reading)

    ~4/5 How is this series so good already? That seemed very fast. But I love it. Yukari is trying to figure out who is who from his past to his present. He’s slowly getting to know both of them better, which means he’s getting more attached to them as well. We’re getting to know their past selves with him, which also makes him grow more attached to their present selves. He keeps passing out in his present time, leaving Mahoro and Satomi to freak out. Leaving them also to revert to their past selves, ~4/5 How is this series so good already? That seemed very fast. But I love it. Yukari is trying to figure out who is who from his past to his present. He’s slowly getting to know both of them better, which means he’s getting more attached to them as well. We’re getting to know their past selves with him, which also makes him grow more attached to their present selves. He keeps passing out in his present time, leaving Mahoro and Satomi to freak out. Leaving them also to revert to their past selves, feeling unexplained hatred for each other and black-outs. His going back to the present is starting to affect him in a bad way, though, as is where we end. The cliffhanger is bad, and I really want to have the next one already. The mystery of what happens has me interested, but I love the romance most. Mahoro is already clearly in like with him, and as Yukari grows closer to her, he starts feeling the attraction as well. Plus there’s their feelings from the past starting to affect him as well. There’s one scene in particular that is just so cute! I love them together already. I am really loving this series already. The next volume is the last and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. [Read more at my blog, Geeky Reading!]

  18. 5 out of 5

    Aleece

    Yukari is trying to determine who was who in their past lives and even though Satomi and Mahoro. Meanwhile Satomi and Mahoro know that they shouldn't hate each other but they can't help hating each other and feeling irritated while they are around each other. When Yukari travels back to the Edo period he finally realizes that Kazuma is Satomi and Mahoro is Takamura. On one trip Yukari as Yumurasaki talks to Takamura and since Takamura realizes that Yukari's soul has entered Yumurasaki's body and Yukari is trying to determine who was who in their past lives and even though Satomi and Mahoro. Meanwhile Satomi and Mahoro know that they shouldn't hate each other but they can't help hating each other and feeling irritated while they are around each other. When Yukari travels back to the Edo period he finally realizes that Kazuma is Satomi and Mahoro is Takamura. On one trip Yukari as Yumurasaki talks to Takamura and since Takamura realizes that Yukari's soul has entered Yumurasaki's body and he warns her(him) that their souls will be strongly connected and may cause problems in the future. This was a very interesting turn of events and it kept building up to a bigger finish and then left you completely hanging at the end which was a gut wrenching feeling not know how it ends/what happens next but also will lead into a great final volume. I received this advanced copy from VIZ Media through Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)

    4.5 stars Love this series, love Chika Shiomi, LOVE her art! Yukari having a hard time as his memories of the past and the present overlap, Satomi and Mahoro keep fighting an overwhelming urge to kill the other, and Takamura's warning of grave danger are coming true. I wasn't so wild about the first volume, but I'm hooked on this series now! 4.5 stars Love this series, love Chika Shiomi, LOVE her art! Yukari having a hard time as his memories of the past and the present overlap, Satomi and Mahoro keep fighting an overwhelming urge to kill the other, and Takamura's warning of grave danger are coming true. I wasn't so wild about the first volume, but I'm hooked on this series now!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I'm afraid that Yukarism is not going to give up all its secrets until the end, but that's a good thing. What at first seemed like a clear explanation for the murder of our hero's previous life has only become more mysterious with each successive volume. Chika Shiomi does a wonderful job of moving back and forth between timelines as we try to unravel the mystery. I'm afraid that Yukarism is not going to give up all its secrets until the end, but that's a good thing. What at first seemed like a clear explanation for the murder of our hero's previous life has only become more mysterious with each successive volume. Chika Shiomi does a wonderful job of moving back and forth between timelines as we try to unravel the mystery.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    ALL I WANT TO KNOW IS WHO DID IT AND WHYYYYYYYYYYY?!! I love this gender bending series---and this leaves off on an awesome climax of what happens when you connect reincarnated souls one too many times--- Uh-Oh! Excited to see where Shiomi takes us next....

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Gonna call it now: she will drop like Satine in Moulin Rouge from "the illness" while the other 2 will fall on each other's blades. It won't be a 'murder' but badly-timed & unfortunately aligned circumstances Gonna call it now: she will drop like Satine in Moulin Rouge from "the illness" while the other 2 will fall on each other's blades. It won't be a 'murder' but badly-timed & unfortunately aligned circumstances

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nerys Medina

    interesting, now I have to wait for the next vol

  24. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Cummings

    Things become a little more cleaner. It's funny to watch Yukari go back in time to be a woman. But at the end, it becomes serious. Looking forward to Volume 4. Things become a little more cleaner. It's funny to watch Yukari go back in time to be a woman. But at the end, it becomes serious. Looking forward to Volume 4.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Kazuma is the jealous brother and Takamura the protector. Who would have expected that? The danger factor is escalating.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Characters start remembering more. I'm very curious to see how this will end. Characters start remembering more. I'm very curious to see how this will end.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    A lot of tension building among the characters. I can't even guess how this will end. I'm enjoying this immensely. A lot of tension building among the characters. I can't even guess how this will end. I'm enjoying this immensely.

  28. 4 out of 5

    nidah05 (SleepDreamWrite)

    I don’t know if I like this. I mean the art is good. The cover is good. Story has its moments. Okay volume.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ambar Morales

    Left me wanting for more, dammit! ;_;

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Where o where is the fourth book!!?

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