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Each volume collects four stories of terror and wonder centering around Count D's Pet Shop, where the mysterious count sells magical creatures who come with a contract whose terms must not be broken. Each volume collects four stories of terror and wonder centering around Count D's Pet Shop, where the mysterious count sells magical creatures who come with a contract whose terms must not be broken.


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Each volume collects four stories of terror and wonder centering around Count D's Pet Shop, where the mysterious count sells magical creatures who come with a contract whose terms must not be broken. Each volume collects four stories of terror and wonder centering around Count D's Pet Shop, where the mysterious count sells magical creatures who come with a contract whose terms must not be broken.

30 review for Pet Shop of Horrors, Vol. 4

  1. 5 out of 5

    JoAnna

    Yep....I LOVE COUNT D AND HIS PET SHOP!!!! This volume had horses in it!!! Awwwww sweet perfection!:D

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aleksandra

    4.5 stars I’m so sad it’s over, I would have read many more chapters about adventures of my favorite pet shop owner Count D, his frenemy detective Leon and Leon’s younger brother Chris. The ending is bittersweet and I think mangaka made the final conflict more complicated than necessary. I appreciate how the manga is actively pro-environment, how its focus is on preserving flora & fauna and shining light on destructive nature of humans. The art is simply gorgeous, I’m in love with every page, it was 4.5 stars I’m so sad it’s over, I would have read many more chapters about adventures of my favorite pet shop owner Count D, his frenemy detective Leon and Leon’s younger brother Chris. The ending is bittersweet and I think mangaka made the final conflict more complicated than necessary. I appreciate how the manga is actively pro-environment, how its focus is on preserving flora & fauna and shining light on destructive nature of humans. The art is simply gorgeous, I’m in love with every page, it was an absolute pleasure to read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kari Trenten

    Leon Orcot shows just how much Count D has him thinking outside the box in a muder involving fish, while the Count displays how much he can think within the box when he helps Leon solve the murder. Leon actually ends up bringing home a pet of his own, or a plant in a rather sweet story where the Count gives him flowers. Plus Leon ends up making the same mistake everyone does about the denizens with the pet shop when he finds what appears to be a beautiful woman within the store walls. The pets a Leon Orcot shows just how much Count D has him thinking outside the box in a muder involving fish, while the Count displays how much he can think within the box when he helps Leon solve the murder. Leon actually ends up bringing home a pet of his own, or a plant in a rather sweet story where the Count gives him flowers. Plus Leon ends up making the same mistake everyone does about the denizens with the pet shop when he finds what appears to be a beautiful woman within the store walls. The pets at Count D’s aren’t the only creatures who challenge what Leon Orcot considers reality when he meets a couple of old acquaintances of D’s family, acquaintances who’ve been around for a long time and may have sinister intentions towards the Count. Leon grows a bit as a character in this volume, although I find myself wanting to slap him at times, completely sympathetic towards the Count’s irritation at his behaviour. The Count continues to be a fascinating individual, showing more of his acquisitive greed for exotic animals, his sympathy for the humans that love them, and his increasing interesting/concern for Leon Orcot, which manifests in providing assistance in solving a murder and the gift of flowers. The one-shot characters become a lot more interesting in this volume, too; Mellow, Jody, Betty, Norma, and Alexander were all quite intriguing in different ways, even apart from their interaction with the Count and Leon, taking part in independent stories, linked to those two characters. For accomplishing all of that in this on-going unique plot centered around the pet store in a distinctive, attractive art style, I give this four stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jody Mena

    As if man-eating mythical beasts and mind-bending hallucinogenic incense were not enough, now it's horny plants and suicidal vampires... Count D is apparently a jack of all trades. I expect nothing less by now, and am never disappointed! Great book! The relationship between Leon and Count D has taken on some interesting shades! That Leon lets D get away with rigging a horse race (even if he was technically an accomplice) is nothing short of astonishing in light of the fact that he's pretty much As if man-eating mythical beasts and mind-bending hallucinogenic incense were not enough, now it's horny plants and suicidal vampires... Count D is apparently a jack of all trades. I expect nothing less by now, and am never disappointed! Great book! The relationship between Leon and Count D has taken on some interesting shades! That Leon lets D get away with rigging a horse race (even if he was technically an accomplice) is nothing short of astonishing in light of the fact that he's pretty much made it his life's ambition to put Count D in jail. I laughed so hard when D escaped Alexander's advances by cuddling up to Leon; I think D has become quite fond of Leon, his actions and attitudes towards the good detective have all been quite telling. Most telling of all, I think, is the fact that he gave Leon that plant which ended up saving his life. It is a rare thing that one of Count D's pets actually ends up improving the life of its owner - more often it is a death sentence; that Count D gave Leon a 'pet' that saved his life is like a flashing neon sign! I enjoy not only the characters, but the way this series is set up, so that each chapter is its own self-contained story arc, each with its own unique twist and theme, it ensures that the story will never get dull - not that it could with characters like Leon and D to liven things up! I'm really enjoying this series, I can't wait to get my hands on the next book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sherri

    Ah, our first installment of Flowers and the Detective comes in this particular volume, but more on that in a little bit. In this volume, we start off with a story about a fish. And Leon's first thought being whether or not D can help get information out of the fish. This is important for a few reasons: first, in the previous three volumes, Leon's sole purpose has been to try to bring D down (and, let's be clear here: he hasn't given up this ambition of his); second, he's spent a good chunk of th Ah, our first installment of Flowers and the Detective comes in this particular volume, but more on that in a little bit. In this volume, we start off with a story about a fish. And Leon's first thought being whether or not D can help get information out of the fish. This is important for a few reasons: first, in the previous three volumes, Leon's sole purpose has been to try to bring D down (and, let's be clear here: he hasn't given up this ambition of his); second, he's spent a good chunk of the stories scoffing at D for being able to talk to/understand animals, but this is an indicator that, while he may not be fully there yet, he's getting to a point where the idea isn't preposterous to him, which is a subtle way of showing the deepening of D's and Leon's acquaintanceship; third, you see that his relationship with D isn't something he's keeping quiet by the fact that both the chief and Jill make mention of talking to D. It can, of course, be argued that D is a pet shop owner and can take care of the myriad of fish, and that Leon's obsession with putting D behind bars isn't exactly secret, but they both treat it as just a fact that Leon and D are linked. Of course, in a reread in 2018, I'd be remiss to not point out that there are some things in this volume (and in previous and future volumes) that are dated and socially unacceptable. This volume, for example, showcases transphobia. All of the volumes, to an extent, rely on Leon's crude attitude towards women and very overt sexism. But, onto Flowers and the Detective. D gives Leon a plant — a gattolotto. The plant seems to have a calming effect on Leon, who starts to prefer going home to hang out with the plant rather than going out drinking, which his co-workers comment on, mistakenly thinking maybe he got a girlfriend. In the end, though, the plant saves his life when he's shot in the line of duty. The plant, which Leon had been looking forward to seeing bloom, blooms and loses its flowers in order to keep Leon alive. Now, it's important because D doesn't do anything with reason, but he has no real reason to want to keep Leon alive. After all, Leon makes his life more difficult, and his gut is right that D is responsible, however tangentially, for a lot of the weird shit going down in town. But, he gives him this plant, knowing what it could do. The only reason for this is an inexplicable fondness he's begun to have for Leon. Of course, in the second installment of Flowers and the Detective, D simply uses Leon's disgusting attitude towards women and horniness in order to cross pollinate some flowers that appear as human to Leon. Also of note in this volume is Dracula. A suicidal vampire who made a pact with D's grandfather (who is mentioned throughout the series, but hasn't really had much of a role until last volume's Pappy episode and this volume's Dracula, although he's still very much absent) that once he's grieved for 20 years, he'd end his misery. The police case is following a so-called vampire who is murdering Asian men, and D fits the victim profile, so Leon is assigned to protect him as well as being directed to work with the FBI liaison, Norma. In the end, Norma is the murderer, the actual vampire hasn't killed anyone, and the vampire gets his wish, albeit not purposefully from a stunned D.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Foster

    I am a bit iffy about this specific volume. I sort of agree with other reviewers that the quality dropped a notch from the first 3. It isn't that this volume is bad per se, because the artwork is still stellar. More like the stories seem to be all over the place. It is only saved by one really good chapter in a sea of meh chapters. Chapter 1: Digital: A socially awkward guy is found deceased in his apartment and Leon is forced to ask Count D to babysit his myriad of abandoned tropical fish while I am a bit iffy about this specific volume. I sort of agree with other reviewers that the quality dropped a notch from the first 3. It isn't that this volume is bad per se, because the artwork is still stellar. More like the stories seem to be all over the place. It is only saved by one really good chapter in a sea of meh chapters. Chapter 1: Digital: A socially awkward guy is found deceased in his apartment and Leon is forced to ask Count D to babysit his myriad of abandoned tropical fish while the LAPD discards foul play and locates his next of kin. A lead into the existence of a girlfriend who might prove a motive to his death awkwardly has the exact same name as a pet the fish have ushered Count D to rescue. It is up to Leon to forego his suspicions of D and for them to team up to solve both mysteries. This episode is kinda weird, and I am not fully convinced I understood the moral of the plot, but it was okay I guess. Chapter 2: Flower and Detective (Part 1): Count D gives a weird plant to Leon as a gift. Suspicious of the plant, he soon discovers he has grown attached to it... literally? Another weird episode. Not terrible, but you are not missing anything if you skip it. Chapter 3: Dark Horse: Leon and D befriend a stuntwoman/horse lover with money problems. She wishes to race her family's thoroughbred race horse for the money and excitement but the animal was born deaf. Will she accept Count D's offer? This chapter had a lot of promise. I really, really loved the artwork of the page where D's body takes on a ghostly shape when he barters a deal with the aspiring jockey. Sadly, we never know what the deal was, and if it affected the conclusion of the story in any way. Bummer. Chapter 4: Flower and Detective (Part 2): Oh wow, wow, wow! This is the one and sole story that made this volume worth reading. I don't wish to spoil it, but it was thrilling to read! I believe this volume deserved 3 stars, but the final chapter is great, and it compelled me to award it 3 1/2 stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    osoi

    Это первый том, где акцент заметно сместился на блондинчика-детектива. В предыдущих безусловно будоражил граф Ди, о котором было известно скандально мало. Но теперь, когда завеса тайны приоткрыта, и граф уже не кажется непознаваемым существом, можно и по сторонам поглядеть. Не то чтобы детектив вызывал интерес сам по себе (все-таки «топорный» и «напролом» в его случае – слова ключевые), скорее привлекает его взаимодействие с миром, в котором живет граф. Вместо восклицаний о невозможности происхо Это первый том, где акцент заметно сместился на блондинчика-детектива. В предыдущих безусловно будоражил граф Ди, о котором было известно скандально мало. Но теперь, когда завеса тайны приоткрыта, и граф уже не кажется непознаваемым существом, можно и по сторонам поглядеть. Не то чтобы детектив вызывал интерес сам по себе (все-таки «топорный» и «напролом» в его случае – слова ключевые), скорее привлекает его взаимодействие с миром, в котором живет граф. Вместо восклицаний о невозможности происходящего, блондинчик начинает прокручивать возможные сценарии с участием мистических сил и уже не отрекается от нестандартных интерпретаций. Истории в этом томе не самые впечатляющие, к сожалению. Больше всего понравились интерлюдии (Flowers and the Detective). Еще отличное в этой книге – это одна из последних сцен, где граф размышляет о том, что блондинчик до сих пор не видит очевидного :D Магазинчик in a nutshell, ну :D hisashiburi

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    Rating - 3.5 An easy manga to read in a day. This one wasn’t quite up to the same standard as the previous volumes but it was still enjoyable and I love the banter between Leon & Count D! I honestly didn’t really understand a couple of these stories but in the end I got the general gist and the art is cool like always.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Westley

    LOVE this series!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    This was the worst volume so far in the series. None of the stories stuck out to me and I was confused 98% of the time.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    Pet Shop of Horror revolves around a magical pet shop in Chinatown that just happens to sell pet’s that aren’t like your everyday pet. Each volume is divided into a chapters and each chapter tells a single story of an encounter with this pet shop. Some end up happy while others not so much. In the 4th installment we are given a little more insight into who our Detective is because one of the cases requires him to get help from Count D when they find a house full of fish. With Count D’s help they Pet Shop of Horror revolves around a magical pet shop in Chinatown that just happens to sell pet’s that aren’t like your everyday pet. Each volume is divided into a chapters and each chapter tells a single story of an encounter with this pet shop. Some end up happy while others not so much. In the 4th installment we are given a little more insight into who our Detective is because one of the cases requires him to get help from Count D when they find a house full of fish. With Count D’s help they are able to solve the case. They also have a vampire working it’s way across the country that is searching for something. I found the Dark Horse story interesting because it’s all about horse racing. We also had a chance to see Count D’s collection of horses that are inside of the pet shop. As well as a magical encounter with our detective. I’m hooked on Pet Shop of Horrors it’s written as a series of short stories which have a larger story surrounding them. It’s this creepy concept of a pet shop that happens to not sell traditional pets. Each of the pets really fits into the owner life giving them exactly what they needed at that point in their life and some may not end happy ever after. I have to admit I enjoyed the concept it’s unique and fascinating I had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to know what would happen next. I’m anxious to read the next book so we can learn more about the pet shop but to see what comes out it’s door next. While it may not be a super popular one it’s worth checking out the chapters are perfect for a quick little way to break up the day or just binge reading.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alysse Peery

    Pet Shop of Horrors is a manga by Matsuri Akino. It is set in the heart of Chinatown. Enter Count D's pet shop, a place where you can find a multitude of pets. These pets can range from cats and dogs to the most exotic, but they often will take a form to match a person's deepest desires. The mysterious man running the shop will be willing to sell you these animals, but under contract. These contracts often have three terms, varying with each individual pet. If any of these circumstances are brok Pet Shop of Horrors is a manga by Matsuri Akino. It is set in the heart of Chinatown. Enter Count D's pet shop, a place where you can find a multitude of pets. These pets can range from cats and dogs to the most exotic, but they often will take a form to match a person's deepest desires. The mysterious man running the shop will be willing to sell you these animals, but under contract. These contracts often have three terms, varying with each individual pet. If any of these circumstances are broken, the pet shop is in no way, shape, or form, responsible for the consequences that would result. This series is certainly a unique read. Each chapter often focuses on a different customer, so the series has an episode like feel to it. In each of these chapters, however, there is a sub plot that always occurs. This subplot is actually part of the main story, so it's suggested that you pay attention to it. Most of these stories can turn out somewhat messy, but are they happy or sad endings? No one can even tell. This story is about human nature itself, with a good amount of environmentalism hidden in there too.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kati

    My favorite story in this volume was the first part of "Flowers and the Detective". Though even the other stories were interesting, now that the manga started focusing much more on Count D and Leon and not so much on the "guest stars" of each "episode". Also, the manga is getting much slashier than before. I like that a lot! But! I'm really disappointed in the English version. Page after page all the apostrophes were replaced with Ö and the list of chapters was all wrong too. Too bad that the Ger My favorite story in this volume was the first part of "Flowers and the Detective". Though even the other stories were interesting, now that the manga started focusing much more on Count D and Leon and not so much on the "guest stars" of each "episode". Also, the manga is getting much slashier than before. I like that a lot! But! I'm really disappointed in the English version. Page after page all the apostrophes were replaced with Ö and the list of chapters was all wrong too. Too bad that the German version wasn't available anymore.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jera Em

    Probably one of the best parts of this series is how Leon's been suspicious of Count D of murder from the very first volume (with some justification) but this has yet to stop him from having tea with him every day or from going on the odd adventure with him. Truly a classic duo. TokyoPop's translation is a little too loose for my liking but it gets the job done. If only we would get a re-release similar to other TokyoPop series such as Cardcaptor Sakura. Alas... Probably one of the best parts of this series is how Leon's been suspicious of Count D of murder from the very first volume (with some justification) but this has yet to stop him from having tea with him every day or from going on the odd adventure with him. Truly a classic duo. TokyoPop's translation is a little too loose for my liking but it gets the job done. If only we would get a re-release similar to other TokyoPop series such as Cardcaptor Sakura. Alas...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Eck

    I love this series far too much to rate any of the volumes with less than five stars. But in my opinion volume 4 is the weakest of them all because none of the stories have as much emotional impact on me as the ones in the other volumes. It's still a very enjoyable read. I love this series far too much to rate any of the volumes with less than five stars. But in my opinion volume 4 is the weakest of them all because none of the stories have as much emotional impact on me as the ones in the other volumes. It's still a very enjoyable read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ginny

    It's Anime...Need I say more? It's Anime...Need I say more?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dexter

    I enjoy this manga more and more. Count D is so intriguing, and Leon so entertaining. They make such a great pair. And the last story in this volume is just really cool.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dony Grayman

    Otra serie que jamás vimos completa en Argentina, aunque en este caso no fue culpa del infame de siempre sino del infame de la cueva maltratada de Av. Corrientes.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tsubame

    01.- Digital 02.- Flor y detective 1 03.- Dark horse 04.- Flor y detective 2 05.- Dracula

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Notes on (Translation) Notes: Comedy, Josei Manga, and Genre Notes on (Translation) Notes: Comedy, Josei Manga, and Genre

  21. 4 out of 5

    Diego

  22. 4 out of 5

    Allanna

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sofia Scissorhands

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ully

  26. 5 out of 5

    Indah Threez Lestari

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anodracs

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chrysanthos

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ghea

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alison

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