FAIRY CUBE (Yôsei Hyôhon Fairy Cube, “Fairy Specimen Fairy Cube”) ??????????????? • Kaori Yuki • VIZ (2008) • Hakusensha (Hana to Yume, 2005-2006) • 3 volumes • Shôjo Occult Fantasy • 16+ (infrequent graphic violence, infrequent sexual situations)
Ian Hasumi is a boy haunted by the ability to see fairies, as well as by Tokage, a green-haired doppelganger who no one else can see. One day Tokage takes over Ian’s body, and Ian finds himself cast into the fairy world as a bodiless spirit, forced to watch helplessly while his doppelganger torments his father and seduces his girlfriend. Vowing revenge, Ian possesses the body of a young boy, only to discover that Tokage’s rebellion is just one part of a scheme by the fairies to take over the world under the cover of an evil corporation. A Gothic melodrama of extradimensional superhumans, childhood trauma and tortured relationships, Fairy Cube is reminiscent of Kaori Yuki’s Angel Sanctuary, but at three volumes it’s a somewhat tighter package with more original subject matter. The interesting story incorporates many fragments of British fairy lore, including the Cottingley Fairies hoax photographs of 1917. Although the climactic battle is conventional and the art is occasionally sloppy, the anorexic, angsty characters genuinely win the interest of the reader.
Today’s winner is Angela W. of Illinois. Congratulations, Angela! I’ll be sending you your holiday manga ASAP!