Earl Cain

Earl Cain

If you are a fan of gothic themed manga, you might have an interest in checking out Earl Cain or Hakushaku Kain Shirizu. For anyone who is fascinated by the style of Kaori Yuki, this manga is an ideal match. This series follows the story of Cain Hargreaves - an attractive young earl that is solving murders in the area. Meanwhile, he discovers a strange organization that is experimenting with dead bodies.

 

If you have interests in Victorian lifestyle, gothic Lolita clothing, or the gothic subculture, you will appreciate a lot of the themes and styling that can be found in the Earl Cain series. Since these series focus a lot on mysteries, there are many themes that may be unexpected for a shojo manga; readers can be prepared to encounter stories with elements of sadism and sinister murders, but these themes are not overpowering in context of the overall plot. As one can often expect with shojo manga, there are plenty of themes of love and relationships as well.

 

The manga is comprised of five different parts, which can be considered series on their own. These are known as Forgotten Juliet, The Sound of A Boy Hatching, Kafka, The Seal of the Red Ram, and the very popular series - Godchild. Godchild has become increasingly popular since it was featured in Hana to Yume and a few other manga magazines from 2001 to 2004. It was also featured in Shojo Beat from 2005 to 2006, gaining additional readers around the world.