Monday, January 12, 2015

:REverSAL vol. 1 - not really sure how to entitle this

Original title: :REverSAL
Polish title: :REverSAL
Author: Karakarakemuri
Publisher: Studio JG
Language: Polish
Genre: Horror, action, supernatural

 I didn’t plan on buying this manga, but since I found a used, much cheaper copy in excellent condition along with two other mangas I wanted to buy (with one shipping cost ;) ), I decided to give it a shot. I’ve previously read and really enjoyed another title from this author, Donten ni warau, so I thought it might be worth trying.
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But… I’m not really sure how to comment on this title. The idea itself is really interesting, the reverse of our world, real world. But then we have some geishas, zombies, superheroes, killing zombies, saving zombies, some blood and guts flying in the air, some more zombies, total chaos… I mean, wtf. I guess I’m just too old for this.
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The drawings are really, really beautiful. I love Karakarakemuri’s artstyle, it’s really clean, with good proportions and great variety of facial expressions. Polish edition is really nice, too - under beautiful dustcover made of mixed shiny and matt paper with gold accents we have snow white paper and good, natural translation. I didn’t spot any typos, the font is simple and easy to read.

Overall - I’m sorry to say that, but the graphical side of the story is its biggest advantage. The plot itself - not really. If you’re curious or zombies are your thing, you can give it a try - it’s only two volumes long after all, but don’t get your hopes up too much.

Sunday, January 4, 2015


Original title: フェイク
English title: Fake
Author: Matoh Sanami
Publisher: Tokyopop
Language: English
Genre: Yaoi, romance, action, comedy, slice of life

Fake is actually a title I gave up on buying a long time ago. Since it’s been published by Tokyopop, it’s very hard to buy all the volumes and, if you’re lucky enough to find them, they’re unbelievably expensive. That’s why when I found all seven volumes on eBay for about 50 or 55 bucks (including shipping to Poland from the US!) I didn’t hesitate and bought them immediately. ;) And, despite of them showing some signs of wear on corners and edges, it was definitely worth it.

Say hello to two New York City’s police department’s cops - Dee and Ryo, who are assigned to be work partners. Of course, as you can imagine, their relationship doesn’t remain only professional for long. ;) But I must say one thing - it develops so nicely and in good pace that it’s really a great pleasure to read the story! The characters are funny and likeable as well - and I don’t mean only the main couple, but other characters as well.

 The style of drawing is typical for 90s - the art is sometimes messy, but it doesn’t really bother me. The only thing that seems odd to me is guns our officers use - for goodness sake, they look as if they’re taken straight from the 60s (but I’m not really interested in guns, so I might be babbling as well).

About the English edition itself - I’m not a fan of Tokyopop’s manga. At all. The translation’s not so good, there are some typos or abbreviations that I sometimes find hard to decipher. Onomatopeias are left as they were, with no translation at all. No inner margins are left on the pages as well. As you can see on the top photo, they didn’t even manage to make all the spines look the same (logo...), even though all the volumes I own are from the first printing. But… it’s not like I can buy any better edition, so I’ll just accept it the way it is. ;)

I only regret that no English nor Polish publisher seems interested in licencing sequel to Fake, which is four volumes in Japan as for now (and still ongoing) - how I’d love to have it along with the main story on my shelf! :(