Sachi’s Monstrous Appetite
Series: Sachi’s Monstrous Appetite, Vol. 1
Publisher: Kodansha Comics (November 3, 2020)
Paperback, 192 pages
Comics & Graphic Novels, Manga, Romance, Humor Fantasy
Makie’s a boy in love, with his tall, older classmate Sachi. As a sign of his affection, he makes Sachi a special lunch every day. Sachi loves Makie, too, but she has a secret… she’s actually a shapeshifting monster called a watari, and she was drawn to Makie because he smells…delicious! But it’s not just Sachi who’s drawn to Makie’s scent, and soon, he realizes the entire monster world is after him. Fortunately, Sachi’s a watari who eats watari, and she pledges to protect him. But how long can Makie survive, with Sachi’s appetite the only thing between him and a monster’s belly?
The premise for this manga is kind of cute. Funatsugi can see monsters (and smells delicious to them!) and Sachi is a monster pretending to be a real girl. There’s a little bit of romance, a little but of horrible nightmare fuel, and some really funny moments as well. The transitions in the first 2 or 3 chapters are just SO abrupt as to be non-existent. I found myself flipping back and forth and looking at the page numbers trying to figure out if I’d missed something. You’ve got to kind of read between the lines and draw your own conclusions for some of the storyline set up and world building. Is this a spin-off of something else that would have already explained the world building and roles?
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.