Issue 17: J-Book Review
Do you read manga? I didn’t, but now I do!
nlike some of my fellow Japanese learners, I’m a bit lacking in the otaku/anime department. I wish I was more of an otaku sometimes (I do), to a healthy degree I mean (笑). To all ya otakus doing virtual anime dating, that’s NOT healthy! So to make up for my lack of otaku-ism, I decided on an original manga to read casually, like when doing kakaー♪ (oh get over it! Everybody does that)
I wasn’t really looking for something specific while browsing for some new manga. But I am a sucker for anything fantasy, science fiction or horror. So any manga in these genres would do. Eventually I picked this neat title『World Embryo』which is a manga with a science fiction/fantasy plot. Honestly, I didn’t really care about plot or story, I mean, I want pwetty pictures with some text on the side, not some complicated storyline that has you wondering about difficult theories or evolutions (I’d read a book then). So my decision was based entirely on looking at the pictures. (howcome I didn’t think of Crayon Shin-chan or Doraemon?)
An ongoing series (currently 6 volumes), the story follows a guy (protagonist) called『天海陸 (Anami Riku)』who receives a message along with a photo of his dead sister,『Amane』, to go look for her. He decides to visit the hospital he recognizes from the photo. There he encounters a group of thugs (trying to rape a missy, see picture below) in the now abandoned hospital building. Angry for letting the girl escape, Riku is being held by the thugs until he gets saved by two warriors, an unknown girl called『Rena』and『Youhei』, Riku’s former classmate.
The situation gets real ugly when the thugs transform into monsters called『Kanshu』, which travel and reproduce through cellphone signals. While Rena and Youhei are off battling the Kanshus using special weapons transformed from their bodies, Riku discovers an egg. The egg hatches and a little girl resembling Riku’s dead sister Amane is born. Eventually Riku get’s drawn into an organization that fights the Kanshu and even bigger drama is ahead.
No, I’m not a pervert, I just like to read manga while shitting. The manga style is very mainstream and commercially. Typical manga, I like that. The story isn’t the most revolutionary (secret organizations fighting monsters a la Bleach is the trend these days) but nevertheless interesting. Comics don’t need to be too complicated right? The novel-ish book is, except for a couple pages, black and white. Would’ve been nice though if it was all full color like those Image/Top Cow comics. The writing style is, as you would expect from a typical manga, full of slang. Not good for learning (Naruto mimickers, puliez), but nevertheless a cultural aspect of Japanese. I like this manga (ohh pwetty pictures) because it’s over the top, whack and funny, and I’m definitely looking forward reading the other volumes in this series.
• title: World Embryo
• pages: volume 1: 226
• dimensions: 18 x 13 cm
• extra: n/a
• language: Japanese
• publisher: 少年画報社 (www.shonengahosha.jp)
• order: http://www.amazon.co.jp
• ISBN: volume 1: 978-4-7859-2629-8
• special Chokochoko rating: 80%