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INFO FILE
Title:
Sorcerer Hunters Vol.10
Format:
Left-Right Manga
176 pages
Production:
Satoru Akahori
Ray Omishi
TOKYOPOP
Comments:
Raunchy, but sweet. Funny, but serious. Sorcerer Hunters always delivers a good read. The tenth book in the series delivers all the over the top action and sexy characters we've come to expect from Akahori and Omishi, with just a dash of S&M thrown in for good measure.
Overall Rating:
88%

Animefringe Reviews:
Sorcerer Hunters Vol.10
By Patrick King

Some series are harder to get into than others by the time you get to book ten, but this particular volume is unique in that it doesn't really feature the primary characters. The other nine books all star the titular Sorcerer Hunters (Bakuretsu Hunters, for those of you who followed it before it was localized...) as they travel around the Spooner continent seeking out Sorcerers that abuse their magical powers. In this fantasy world, people are segregated into two classes, the previously mentioned Sorcerers and the more common Parsoners - people with no latent supernatural abilities. Due to the inherently unbalanced nature of the distribution of power, Sorcerers tend to rule over the less fortunate Parsoners.

The Sorcerer Hunters are a group of justice-minded men and women under the command of Big Mama, a goddess-like woman who determines when and where they are needed and assigns them to help Parsoners in need. Despite the lofty sounding description, the manga isn't all about serving a higher purpose. Carrot, the main character, only wants to save women so that he can get to...know...them better, and his ambiguously male brother, Marron, spends most of his time bailing Carrot out from sticky situations. Gateau and his sister, Eclair are primarily worried about their looks, and the other two members of the group, sisters Tira and Chocolate, are dressed in full dominatrix gear underneath their cloaks.

As I've said, however, this story is not about the Sorcerer Hunters. Rather, it features Carrot and Marron's parents...before they had Carrot and Marron. That's right! It's a prequel! Chronologically, it becomes slightly more confusing, for the characters in it travel to their past, taking place even earlier than it would have us believe. This is the story of how the Sorcerer Hunters came to be, before Big Mama was Big and before Lord Sacher (the primary nemesis in earlier volumes) decided to become evil. As can be expected, it offers the standard amount of fantasy action (epic battles and a castle in distress, no less) along with a closer look at younger versions of all of the most mysterious characters, including the Haz Knights, Lord Sacher, and Big Mama herself. Humor and drama are always mixed well within the Sorcerer Hunters universe, and this book lives up well to its expectations. It's a fun and engaging read.

I'm a big fan of the character designs for Sorcerer Hunters. Overall, the artwork is very pretty, with well-defined lines and beautiful characters drawn where they're needed. Monsters are ugly enough to keep me satisfied, and the flipped layout (it's mirrored to read from left to right) doesn't hinder the progression of the action too much.

This volume includes a little bit in the way of extras, as well. There is a small collection of biographies for the main characters, as well as notes from the authors near the end of the book depicting early character sketches. One aspect I truly appreciate is the slightly lower price it has compared to similarly sized manga. Most standard size manga are around $15 or $16 (USD). This book's MSRP is set at $12.99 - a seemingly small savings unless you purchase hundreds of books every few months...as I do. Every three dollars I save helps pay for other things I need... for example, food. So, other manga publishers, please do us starving otaku a favor and follow TOKYOPOP's lead; release less expensive manga!

Now that the public service announcement is over, I can get back to the review... This is honestly one of my favorite series, containing lovely ladies in addition to a healthy amount of plot. It goes beyond the depth of your standard hack and slash fantasy tales, and keeps the humor flowing at a brisk pace. Due to its slightly risqué content, I can't recommend this for younger readers, but the violence and sexual innuendo is not the focus of the series. The characters and story is what keeps me coming back to these books, and they have me waiting for the eleventh collection already.

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