Okada, Kazuto. Sundome. Vol. 1. Trans. Christine Schilling. New York: Yen Press, 2007. Summary
: Aiba Hideo has been elected president of the Roman Club, a coterie of otaku who have vowed to remain virgins through high school in order to win scholarships from their club's alums. Enter Sahana Kurumi a beautiful but decidedly sadistic transfer student who decides that she too wants to join and proceeds to torment Hideo with her charms. Comments
: Err. Well. Huh. There are moments when Okada's artwork acquires that lovely, near-sculptural quality pioneered by Furuya Usamaru in Palepoli
...and that, ladies and gentlemen, is the only nice thing I have to say about this pathetic waste of poor, innocent trees. Not only is the plot, which revolves around the dubious comic value of breasts and spontaneous erections, infantile, the production of the American edition itself leaves much to be desired. The English prose is stilted and awkward. (Unenthusiastic translator and/or editor, hmm?) Arguably worse, the book is poorly printed. Image reproduction quality is noticeably less than stellar, and text bubbles recede deep into a very tight binding on an appalling number of pages. An unfortunate package from every angle--this may well be the worst manga of 2007! Notes
: paperback, 1st American edition; first published in Japan by Akita Shoten in 2006 Rating
- Ecchi manga can be fun. But not this one. Save your money for a root canal instead.