Oneira T. 1- By CAB and Federica Di Meo- Kana

Oneira born out of a Franco-Italian screenplay collaboration CAB and drawing Federica DiMeo. This work planned in only 4 volumes is an innovation of the Kana editions.

Dreams are a growing threat where the Church creates an armed caste called Epeiras. Arane Heos, one of them, is a good fighter in his profession, far from easy. Sadly for our hero, his caste and the Church are experiencing tensions that will put his daughter Venus, at the center of a great secret.

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© CAB/Federica Di Meo/Those editions

Arane is a tough and charismatic hero with many abilities. Its reputation in the community is that it is nicknamed “Boogeyman”, which proves its effectiveness against dreams. The dialogues refer to a heavy past that explains his shell and the distance he has traveled with others. It was only with his daughter that he manifested a certain tenderness that revealed his unconditional love.

In addition, this mother -daughter relationship is introduced in the first volume as the central part of the plot. This is the starting point for the adventures that await the two young women. In fact, the secret surrounding Venus, the hero’s daughter, endangers her life. The conspiracy between the two women and their relationship shows an interesting development and a huge role to play for the story.

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© CAB/Federica Di Meo/Those editions

Here is a dark fantasy universe that takes place at a period closer to the renaissance than the Middle Ages and where dreams come true. An original idea well put into practice thanks to a large bestiary. In fact, dreams come in many forms and each of them has a different way of working. This wealth of enemies requires combat techniques adapted to each encounter in one of these plagues, reminding the universe of The Witcher. The rest of the plot depicts action scenes and arguments with different dreams. However, the universe-specific vocabulary can confuse readers with its density and lack of clarity in some passages. Sometimes, it happens that the story gives the feeling of moving forward alone by throwing us all the poorly introduced and complicated concepts.

Oneira board
© CAB/Federica Di Meo/Those editions

As for the drawings, they are dark and perfectly fit the atmosphere of the manga. The sets and characters are smooth and the line elegant. On the other hand, when it comes to fight scenes, they lack reading and are sometimes difficult to understand what is going on.

Oneira board
© CAB/Federica Di Meo/Those editions

In addition, a QR code contained in this volume leads to a musical album specially designed for this work and composed by Amso. This particularity must transcribe the atmosphere of the universe CAB and in Federica DiMeo. Another originality accompanies it: the final pages of the volume present excerpts from a grimoire describing some monsters and technical words specific to the story.

Having a relationship between a mother and her daughter at the center of a dark fantasy manga sets this work apart and makes it a strong point. Making our dreams come true and introducing an entire system around them brings richness to this complex universe, even if it is awkwardly presented to the reader. All in all, it’s fun to immerse yourself in the world ofOneira whose compelling story is served by strong female characters and is illustrated on beautiful plates.

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