Manga Shorts

by Adam Arnold and Staci Corder

Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 6

by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Viz, LLC. / USD$9.99
Rating: 90%

When the entire U.S. NERV-02 facility vanishes without a trace, taking half of Nevada and Eva-04 with it, it is up to the Neo-Tokyo branch to pick up the slack with the activation of Eva-03. A new child must be chosen, but the candidate is bound to shock everyone--unless you've seen the TV series--and it raises more questions than answers.

While the vast majority of this volume rests on the actual battle, the first half is devoted to fleshing out the characters and personalities of class rep, Hikari, and Shinji's friend, Toji. Shinji and Asuka even step in to help bring these two together, resulting in some rather interesting dialogue exchanges. However, by far the most revealing scene in this volume is the exchange between Asuka and Kaji, in which she shows Kaji once and for all that she isn't a little kid.

This being a very solid re-release as a whole, I only have one main question...why did the quasi-dialogue/sound effect on page twenty need to be included in the back glossary? Having a sound effect glossary in the back of the book is nearly as bad as not having any sound effect translations at all. Now mecha series generally don't require any sound effect translations as it is, but nothing can take you out of a story quicker than coming across something that should have been translated that wasn't.

Full House Vol. 1: Incompatible

by Soo Yon Won
CPM Manga / USD$9.99
Rating: 63%

Aspiring screenwriter, Elle Gee and world famous actor, Ryder Baye are as opposite as personalities can get, but when Ryder buys Elle's house out from under her, it's either the street or stand and fight. As fate would have it, Elle's latest manuscript is scattered across the road by a gust of wind and as she scrambles to collect the pages...Ryder comes barreling down the road during one of his sneezing fits and runs over Elle's foot! From there, fate--and Ryder's need to battle the press calling him a homosexual--thrusts them together in the same house.

Unlike other manhwa series, Full House is set in Great Britain, and it offers shoujo fans a very rich, and at times, an overly emotional story of two strangers forced to put aside their differences and live under the same roof. A family sitcom this is not, but Full House does offer a mildly engaging story if you can get past the pulp romance dialogue.

50 Rules For Teenagers Vol. 1

by Na Ye-Ri
ADV Manga / USD$9.99
Rating: 74%

With a title claming to have 50 Rules in it, you'd feel almost cheated if the story were not so great. As with Japanese manga, Korean manhwa titles can be hit or miss--much like many of ADV Manga's titles--and this one is no exception, but unlike CPM's Full House, which strives to be a romance, 50 Rules keeps its story light and strives for comedy instead. When Ma-Roo drops a bombshell that he doesn't want to go to high school, his under-appreciated sister, Mi-Roo, decides its time for a little payback. But can Ma-Roo really keep her brother in line when she is constantly balancing housework and school all the time?

ADV Manga has actually out-done themselves with this release. Each page features translated sound effects, clean line reproductions, and a very reader-friendly translation. The only thing going against this title is its drab cover. If the title didn't jump out at me, I would have never bought this title based on the cover. Yes, the old adage about judging books by their cover holds true in this title's case, but this series will largely go unnoticed on bookshelves.

Galaxy Angel Vol. 1

By Kanan
Broccoli Books / USD$9.99
Rating: 74%

Blast off into interstellar action with five beautiful ladies called the Angel Troupe. Not only are these femmes able to handle themselves under pressure, they also look cute doing so! After a commanding officer reshuffle, Takuto Meyers (fanboy of the legendary Angel Troupe) is put in charge of the Galaxy Angels and ordered to protect Prince Shiva from an assassination plot. One drooling man and a handful of oft-naive girls what can possibly go wrong?

Galaxy Angel Vol. 1 was a combination of innocent male-oriented fanservice and introductory novella. Half of the cast is sugary-sweet cute, whereas the rest are naughty n nice and very voluptuous. Fortunately, the artwork is phenomenal, especially in the fully-colored introductory pages. Unfortunately, a large cast is introduced within the first three chapters. This caused the main focus to jump around and it may be confusing to readers. All in all, fans should wait and read Galaxy Angel Vol. 2 before saying "yay" or "nay" to the series.

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