Manga of the Week - 逢魔ヶ刻動物園

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Totally forgot about this. Was busy being killed by symptoms of an unknown ailment. Nauseau, and body aches, with occasional nasal congestion and a runny nose. 

Title: 逢魔ヶ刻動物園, Oumagadoki Doubutsuen, Oumagadoki Zoo
Author: Horikoshi Kouhei
Genre: Shounen, Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Serialized: Shueisha Weekly Shounen Jump
Total Volume Count: 3 (ongoing)

Series Summary from MangaUpdates:
Aoi Hana is a normal female high-school student, though she is extremely clumsy and thus tagged as good-for-nothing. But Hana wants to change herself and decides that finding a part time job would be taking the first step in that direction. Being an animal lover, Hana's job of dreams is encountering animals day-to-day and taking care of them - the zoo sounds like the perfect place for that. So when she happens to see a job offer from a local animal park it's settled she'll attend a job interview.
When Hana arrives at the zoo everything seems just fine. The "Oumagadoki Zoo" might be going south but altogether it's your regular animal park. Just a very normal zoo, one might think. But that is only until Hana gets to meet the zoo director...
Kenn's Comment: Well, I've read lots of comments about how the oneshot was better than the serialized series. I can't say much about that because I haven't read the oneshot. However, I can say that the series is rather unique from the other series in WSJ. Talking animals, some of which have human or humanoid forms, curses and rivaling institutions make the story interesting. 

Being a WSJ series, there's going to be a slew of action scenes. The fights are, like the series, rather unique; you have animals in humanoid forms fighting, often using moves they might have as an animal.

The art could be better sometimes, but all in all it makes for a good read. Also, lying under all the comedy and action is the message that animals should be treated and respected like you would respect any person.

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