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Le Chevalier d'Eon Vol. 2 by Ubukata Tou and Yumeji Kiriko 
23rd-Nov-2007 10:00 pm
Ubukata, Tou and Kiriko Yumeji. Le Chevalier d'Eon. Vol. 2. Trans. Ikoi Hiroe. New York: Del Rey, 2007.
          Summary: Chevalier Sphinx dispatches yet another poet, this time with the help of his would-be lover. Next up is an orchestra conductor who aspires to the top of the poet hierarchy--and cries foul because Lia has been partway there from birth! So she's a poet, too...?!
          Comments: I really wanted to like this series, really I did. Gorgeous art by a talented newcomer that looks like a cross between vintage CLAMP (think early X) and Nightow Yasuhiro (think Trigun)? An otherwise wimpy French guy who fights evil in a big wig, bodice, and bodacious amounts of lace, wielding a sword of downright phallic proportions? What's not to love? Alas, plenty. The series thus far has been painfully episodic, the standard "enemy of the day" romp that manga (and especially anime) does when it can't think of anything better. The humor's half-hearted. And plot such as it is has been thus far is hardly worth speaking of; the first serious point of attention focuses on Lia's ambiguous relationship (and possibly kinship) to her worst enemies. How predictable. I was also hoping against hope for some eroguro (yes, that's short for "erotic-grotesque") since the series seems like a prime site for it...but no dice. Just a bunch of slobbering uglies up for a round or two of hack 'n slash as opposed to a round or two of *ahem* never mind. I should have known. This is Del Rey, after all.
          Notes: paperback, 1st American edition; first published in Japan by Kodansha in 2006
          Rating: 4/10 - The decidedly limp excuse of a hero Beaumont is pretty representative of this decidedly limp excuse of a manga series.
28th-Nov-2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
The anime is so good, and the manga so lamentably bad. 4/10 is generous.
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