C — COYOTE

Already the third post and I still haven’t given in! Preparing the information, images and the simple designs/ideas beforehand gives me time to work around and don’t stress out as if I’m supposed to meet a work-related deadline. Which is good! This is supposed to be fun! I’m going to stick to the Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule. Let’s get to our third series I picked for you.

Title: Coyote
Artist & Author: Zariya Ranmaru
Release Year: 2016
Status: Ongoing, 3 volumes
Licensed? (Y/N): Yes, SuBLime
3-second-synopsis: Love knows no boundaries, indeed; even if your love interest is a fictitious werewolf in heat.

Coyote is a story that’s laced with werewolves and mafia. Joshua and Coyote meet in a bar where Joshua is temporarily working as a pianist. He keeps playing Lili Marlene for Coyote because he likes it, hence they refer to each other as Lili and Marlene since both keep their identities hidden. Under the law, werewolves do not exist and only the more elderly in the society know the truth, however rumors always go around. They are mythical creatures, thus some believe werewolf blood/flesh hold healing powers. This leads to their kind being hunted by humans, and they need to keep their identities hidden. For this reason, Coyote tries to stay away from Joshua as much as possible, but Joshua has different plans for them.

At first, I was somewhat puzzled with this series. It felt like there was a prequel of some sort and I missed it since we directly start with Joshua trying to woo Coyote, saying how he fell for his eyes and he wants to keep spending time with Coyote in a rather persistent manner. Sure, that can be a reason to start being interested in someone but seeing how resolute Joshua was, I unconsciously went back a couple of pages to see if I missed something. Then, it suddenly dawned on me that I got interested in Coyote exactly because I saw his eyes on the cover and felt captivated. Apparently Joshua and I are both simpletons…. (⌣_⌣”)

Wanted to share these first colored pages in volume 1 because I adore the neon-ish palette, looks astounding! I always enjoyed Zariya R.’s style; be it with the colored or monochrome pages, close-ups or wide perspectives, there’s always so much to take in, lots of details to feast on.

I recommend Coyote because, even if the theme seems like a cliche at first, Zariya R. pulls it off with interesting story-telling and beautiful artistic style. If you’re looking for a series to read in between fluffy titles, Coyote is for you with its more serious tone.

Where to find Coyote

Japanese physical volumes
Japanese digital volumes
English translated physical & digital volumes

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