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Poison Cherry Drive by Motoni Modoru 
8th-Feb-2008 11:59 pm
Motoni, Modoru. Poison Cherry Drive. New York: Kitty Media, 2006.
          Summary: A trio of misanthropes named Ai Iida, Mamezo Takano, and "Kenny Boy" have formed an organization called Cherry Drive, dedicated to taking vengeance and...err...the cherries of beautiful men.
          Comments: This is the first manga by the Queen of the Surreal Tanbi to have been licensed and translated for American release, but unfortunately it happens to be (as much of Motoni's more recent work is) a real stinker. Here, she takes her favorite tropes of aesthetic cruelty, gang rape, and High Serious expression...and makes a play at off-kilter humor. Humor that--and I doubt it's just me--I don't find remotely funny when it doesn't go right over my head entirely. A VP who thinks he's 94 years old? Err...Okay~... A sort of modified Stockholm Syndrome as method to get into a virgin's pants? Kinda gross. A boy who is terrified of nude men after having been raped? Wait, that's supposed to be funny?! Given the way that there is hardly any overarching plot development from more-or-less standalone chapter to chapter or character background revealed, I suspect that Japanese Houbunsha discontinued this project early. And if that's the case, then I say, "Amen!" It abundantly deserved it's slam dunk into the garbage pail. Media Blasters probably shouldn't have bothered fishing it out.
          Notes: paperback, 1st American edition, 2nd printing
          Rating: 3/10 - Even Motoni's die-hard fans are liable to be disappointed, and if you're not familiar with her work, you're liable to be turned off from it permanently.

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