bound together is the story of Karin, who lives alone, doing a job she doesn’t really like, with no idea that the world around her is full of sorcery and powerful, mysterious, ancient families. She is in the wrong place (work) at the wrong time (out of hours) and gets caught up in an attack on her organisation by an arcane power she has no frame of reference for. She survives with the help of a mysterious sword, that turns out to be inhabited by an ancient kitsune-girl spirit.
I didn’t quite know what to make of this at first. It’s unlike anything I’ve read before. There’s a mixture of cute anime imagery, violence, horror, magic and lesbian romance. I found a lot of things in this quite off-putting. The combination of kawaii cat girls and horror violence is something I’m never that keen on – I’m not a big anime fan. I was a bit taken aback by the main character’s incestuous love for her sister. The slave girl aspect of Misaki’s character was uncomfortable, even though Karin is uncomfortable with it and doesn’t exploit Misaki.
The fact that I can list all that and say that I did really like it, though, shows the strength of the story telling. This was a great, and unusual, read.