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Walkin' Butterfly Vol. 1 by Tamaki Chihiro 
21st-Oct-2007 11:45 am
Tamaki, Chihiro. Walkin' Butterfly. Vol. 1. Aurora Publishing, 2007.
          Summary: One day, the awkward and super-tall tomboy Michiko mistakenly walks into a fashion show and is assumed to be one of the models. She is soon humiliated, however, by the show's designer, Mihara Ko. Enraged, she decides to exact "revenge" upon him by becoming the best runway model ever. It will be long, hard road to the catwalk...
          Comments: Is professional modeling a competitive sport? If it is, then this is a sports manga. And if it weren't drawn in an artstyle reminiscent of Anno Moyocco's and serialized in a josei publication, I would go so far as to call it a shounen sports manga. Michiko is cookie-cutter shounen hero material, right down to her brashness, untapped potential, and passion for motorcycles. She even soliloquizes with classic shounen declarations along the arduous path to victory: "Now I'm one step closer to that guy!! I'm closing the distance between us!!" (Echoes of Hikaru no Go!, anyone?) Anyway, it's an entertaining and genuinely funny book, with high production values and translation quality all around. THIS is how you do it, people! Worth pursuing for at least one more volume if I can.
          Notes: paperback, 1st American edition; first published in Japan by Ohzora Shuppan in 2005
          Rating: 6/10 - A solid title overall and an excellent selection for American release from Ohzora's backlist.
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