Manga Series Review: Dictatorial Grimoire

Dictatorial Grimoire: CinderellaDictatorial Grimoire: Snow WhiteDictatorial Grimoire: Red Riding Hood

 

 

 

 

Here are my reviews of the three volumes in the Dictatorial Grimoire  by Ayumi Kanou! Scroll down to see all three reviews!

Dictatorial Grimoire: Cinderella
Dictatorial Grimoire: Cinderella by Ayumi Kanou

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Otogi, a descendant of the Grimm Brothers, has to battle his ancestors’ fairy tale characters, and trap them inside an ancient magical book before they destroy him. But the dark truth about the deal the Grimm brothers made to write the stories isn’t the only mystery Otogi will need to unravel if he is to discover who he can trust and who is determined to kill him.

I liked the premise of this story, and I love fairy tale retellings! As each of the fairy tale characters appear, I was interested to see what they would be like, but was disappointed that most of them are girly men with long hair and lacy clothes. What’s that about? I think it’s cool that someone like Cinderella is actually a man, but he acts so weird, and I didn’t like all the innuendo stuff going on.

Otogi is a sarcastic person with plenty of bravado, but he is also reserved about his past. He has his own mysteries that he is hiding too. I like his reactions to things; he’s just put off by half of what happens. He’s always saying some version of “What is this stupidity?” haha!
He’s also very compassionate, and wants to believe that there is good in everyone.

The plot was interesting, with lots of magic, mystery, and action! Otogi builds friendships, experiences betrayal, learns to fight, and studies like crazy for his school exams. And there’s a surprise twist at the end that I never saw coming!
A fun story!

Dictatorial Grimoire: Snow White
Dictatorial Grimoire: Snow White by Ayumi Kanou

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this 2nd volume, Otogi meets more of the fairy tale characters with whom his ancestors, the Brothers Grimm, entered into a dark agreement. Otogi has to decide whether to bind the fairy tale people into a magical book, or give some of them a second chance. But he doesn’t know who to trust, or who will betray him.

The action really picks up in this one, and many of the characters must go through a personal journey to determine what side they will be on in the upcoming fight. Everyone has their own schemes, and most of them are trying to use Otogi for their own ends, but his goodness and kindness wins him loyal friends.

Otogi wants to see the best in everyone, and he finds it hard to believe that anyone could be completely evil. He surprises everyone by being merciful and forgiving, even when he is badly wronged and has his enemies in his power. He’s sarcastic and reserved, but he learns to open up to his friends in this book.

We get to see a little more of the history of Cinderella in this book, and some of the mysteries of the past are explained. I was thoroughly entertained by the plot, and interested in the characters!

Dictatorial Grimoire: Red Riding Hood
Dictatorial Grimoire: Red Riding Hood by Ayumi Kanou

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A good ending to an entertaining trilogy! I was surprised by the plot twists and secret identities. There’s some really good action, and funny lines. I love all the mystical magic, and the fairytale characters that join together as a team to defeat the villains.

Otogi is really good at inspiring loyalty in others, because he’s always ready to give people a second chance. He’s very forgiving and understanding, and he draws people to him despite his loner tendencies and his sarcasm.

The flashbacks into Cinderella’s past were certainly illuminating, and I loved the way that fairy tale was rewritten. The only one who doesn’t seem to have much of a backstory is Rapunzel. Even Red Riding Hood has a secret or two. But I suppose there’s not enough room in three volumes to develop each character in any depth. The main characters have lots of depth though.

It still weirds me out that Cinderella is all masochistic and creepy. Still… despite the weirdness, it’s an enjoyable manga.

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