jlucpitard Posted June 6, 2010 Report Share Posted June 6, 2010 The story of Kyouko Mogami's slow progress toward the twin goals of succeeding in the entertainment industry and crushing her one time crush (while others hope for her to find her will to love again and harness her natural acting ability for her own sake...) is amusing to follow. The people around her are all at least as eccentric as she is, in one way or another. The love story is exceedingly slow to develop. Her romantic counterpart, Ren Tsuruga, has his own reasons for accepting how dense she is as he doesn't seem ready to be loved either. In the current storyline the two of them are thrown closer than ever, so we'll have to wait and see how long his lies and her aversion to love can keep them apart. It's actually quite nice that the story is unfolding so slowly as we get to watch her career, and that of her best friend Kanae Kotonami (and her ex- Shou Fuwa) develop. Some story arcs aren't as gripping as others, but the overall growth of the characters is the main thing. This is the work of Yoshiki Nakamura, who also did Tokyo Crazy Paradise. Her art is pretty good with interesting angles and reaction shots, although the perspectives and relative body sizes leave something to be desired. There are times when I have to laugh at the inconsistencies of Ren's body in particular. But- the woman can draw some mighty sexy eyes! Okay, some mighty expressive faces, of which the sexy eyes are my favorite. Her conceit of demons (and rarely angels) inside Kyouko and the way some characters can see them or are sensitive to them is terrific. It takes some getting used to, but once Reino (the Beagle) comes on the scene, her demons even get to become plot points. They rarely come out unless it's something to do with her "rival" Shou Fuwa, although early on they play a larger role as representations of her anger or her strong will. If you like the manga, you will also enjoy the anime which ran for 25 episodes. It followed the manga pretty exactly (*cheers*) and ends far too soon. I haven't heard if they'll do any more episodes, but I don't see why they wouldn't as it was pretty popular in Asia. I hear it will be released in the US shortly (was told that at Katsukon in February of 2010) but wasn't told when that would be. There are several people (groups?) working on this manga and it's worth checking around for different releases as the translations vary and the cleaning of the scans vary. Some focus on speed- feeding our addiction- and others on the accuracy/quality of the work. I applaud them all, since I'm a junkie first and then a connoisseur. Heh. Your thoughts? Quote Proofreading: Dream Fantasia & Evyione and anything related to Masca that you'll let me. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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