Happy release day to The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee!! To celebrate, I’m going to talk about the one comparison I had between the book and one of my absolute favorite animes, Inuyasha!
First, a disclaimer: I am aware that there are cultural differences between the book, which is based on Chinese mythology, and the Japanese anime. This post is not a comment on the cultural backgrounds of either work, but on the stories and characters involved.
Now this comparison may only apply to me and what I saw. Someone commented on my review that it reminded them of a different anime. It’s all a matter of what you’ve been exposed to. But let’s just say that, in my opinion, if you love Inuyasha, you’re going to love this book!
This post may include minor spoilers about the characters/plot but will not include any regarding the story itself.
- The Reincarnated Powerhouse. Both feature female heroines who are dealing with getting good grades in school while finding out they’re reincarnations of a powerful entity from history and now have a destiny.
- Binding jewelry. Poor Inuyasha and Quentin. Binding jewelry that inflicts pain or submission of some kind just sucks, doesn’t it?
- Cocky but sweet antihero. Speaking of those two, they’re both the kind of character that acts like he knows what he’s doing and claims to be a more neutral antihero-type person but is really super sweet and fighting for the underdog.
- That side character watching out for the heroine. Hojo/Androu are those good guys that everyone at the school likes and they want to keep an eye out for the heroine even though they have no clue what’s going on. They think they stand a chance with the heroine. . . but they don’t.
- Helpful “competition.” You know, that person that tries to be helpful but is also totally gunning for the heroine (at least, that’s what you’re SUPPOSED to think).
- Have to finish a “collecting” task. Whether it’s finding all the jewel shards or tracking down the 100+ demons, each pair of characters has their work cut out for them!
- Demon hunting in the human world. I thought of this especially when both pairs of characters have a tendency to leap from building to building in their pursuit of crazy demon creatures plaguing the human world.
- Demons trying to gain power. I mean, this is probably a pretty standard world element when demons are involved. Whether it’s finding the sacred jewel shards or consuming energy from humans, power is the goal.
- The sexual tension. Yep, I’m adding it. The shipping of the heroine and antihero is unreal.
- Family acceptance of the strange new guy. What is it with these families just accepting that there’s an immortal monkey/half-demon dog in their kitchen?!
- Friend(s) think they’re dating. I think that one speaks for itself and points back to #8.
- Demon sense. Quentin gets earrings, Inuyasha has his nose. Either way, they’re epic demon trackers.
- The “ex-girlfriend.” These poor guys haven’t made the best choices in women as both of the ex-girlfriend figures end up working with them but there’s definitely some serious tension there.
- Stop pretending you’re not jealous. That LOL moment when the two leads pretend they don’t care when the other is with someone new but are totally jealous.
- The humor. Obviously this isn’t specific to either of these works but the humor with the chaos reigning down around them makes both all the better.
Alright so my list includes stuff that you might see in any book or show but once I started seeing similarities and mentally comparing Genie Lo and Inuyasha, I couldn’t stop seeing them!
If you like Inuyasha, read The Epic Crush of Genie Lo!
by F.C. Yee
Published on August 8, 2017 by Amulet Books
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo's every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.
Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.
Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…