Sunday, September 8, 2019

Review: CROMARTIE HIGH SCHOOL

With it being September, it's time to take this site back to school with a month of reviews about school-related manga, starting with a very silly and satirical one.

CROMARTIE HIGH SCHOOL (Sakigake!! Kuromati Koko), by Eiji Nonoka.  First published in 2000 and first published in North America in 2005.



PLOT:

Thanks to a promise to a friend that fell through, Takashi Kamiyama finds himself the newest student at Cromartie High School, a place notorious for having the toughest student body around.  What he finds there are yankiis doing things like arguing over the importance of nicknames, a robot student that no one acknowledges is a robot, a rich boy caught up in his own ridiculous lies, a gorilla with a wristwatch and cell phone, and the mysterious man known only as Freddie.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Review: BLAME!

It's a little late - I'm going to blame this on a holiday meant for rest from labor, but I want to save this last spot for an incredible old-school work like this.

BLAME! (Buramu!), by Tsutomu Nihei.  First published in 1998 and first published in 2005.




PLOT:

Killy is a lone man wandering endless levels of destruction, the remnants of some unknown superstructure.  There are rumors of survivors in the levels above, but from where Killy stands all he can see are mutants, killer robots, and a few scattered groups of humans struggling to survive.  All of these parties may be part of a larger conflict with a body known as The Authority, but Killy isn't interested in that.  All he knows is that he needs to find the Net Terminal genes - those from a time before the mutations started - and that he must continue to climb upward if he is to survive.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Review: MAICO 2010

As inconsistent as Cutey Honey might have been, later artists would prove that you could take the 'sexy android' concept and make an even bigger mess out of it.

MAICO 2010, by Toshimitsu ShimizuFirst published in 1997 and first published in North America in 2001.



PLOT:

Otari Masudamasu has used all of her skill, ingenuity, and money to create Maico, a beautiful android built for sex but possessing an innate understanding of the human heart.  Masudamasu wants to keep Maico's sordid purpose a secret, setting her up as the latest DJ at the failing radio station where she works.  Despite the threats of jealous coworkers and vengeful robots, the biggest threat to Maico might be the growing love triangle between her, her creator, and the handsome yet hapless assistant director of the radio station.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Review: CUTEY HONEY

Seven Seas' recent foray into classic manga has given us delights like Devilman and Claudine, but it was inevitable that one of these golden oldies would be a little more...problematic than the rest.

CUTEY HONEY (Kyuti Hani), by Go Nagai.  First published in 1973 and first published in North America in 2018.



PLOT:

Honey Kisaragi is her father's pride and joy.  She's a powerful, beautiful android with a built-in device that grants her strength and the ability to change appearance on a whim, but those same qualities make her a desirable target for the group of witches, brawlers, and thieves known as Panther Claw.  Honey has to use all of her wits and strength to keep one step ahead of them, all while trying to keep her modesty in the face of perverted teachers and allies.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Review: METROPOLIS

It's August, so once again we're focusing on old-school manga, spotlighting some of the classic titles of decades past.  Today's might be one of the oldest we'll ever cover, a one-volume wonder dating all the way back to the late 1940s. 

METROPOLIS (Metoroporisu), by Osamu Tezuka.  First published in 1949 and first published in North America in 2003.



PLOT:

The city of Metropolis is under threat by the wicked Duke Red, who ropes an unwitting scientist into creating an artificial humanoid named Michi.  The scientist fakes his death to hide himself and Michi from Duke Red, but eventually Michi escapes to learn about the world.  Meanwhile, a group of international detectives are trying to hunt down Duke Red, and these plots end up crossing thanks to Michi making friends with a couple of local children.