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Menkui! Vol. 2 by Tanaka Suzuki 
17th-Mar-2008 11:59 pm
Tanaka, Suzuki. Menkui!. Vol. 2. Trans. Katherine Schilling. Los Angeles: BLU, 2006.
          Summary: Things take a supernatural turn for the cohort of handsome schoolboys when Kotori gets sucked through a bathroom mirror and into a lonely world inhabited by a very handsome restless spirit in Heian Period dress. But no soon has Okikaze been put to rest than an exotic foreigner shows up at Kotori's door! A side story about Chika's little brother Chihiro and his star-crossed romance rounds out the volume.
          Comments: Urk. I thought it couldn't possibly be as bad as volume one. Clearly, I lack imagination. In fact, I can't remember the last time I wasted so much money on such a pathetic manga series--and I bought all three volumes on remainder! Tanaka took Kotori and Akaiwa and went straight from inane to outright idiotic--don't pass go, don't collect $200. There was absolutely nothing, nothing! previously to suggest a half-hearted stab at fantasy; I felt like I was reading an amateur publishing affair by someone with an unhealthy attachment to CLAMP's Miyuki-chan in Wonderland. And I've no clue where Mr. Orientalism came from, so don't ask. The Shinobu/Chihiro chapter was, by comparison, nearly tolerable; warm-hearted, sickly-sweet tales of true love are, after all, par for the course in BL--at least Chihiro doesn't suddenly get kidnapped into a mirror! But again there's still this bizarre feeling after reading the book that Tanaka doesn't actually enjoy what she's doing. And if so, why is she doing it? BL is definitely not the way to get rich quick, that's for sure. (Even in Japan.) Ah, such a lack of imagination on so many levels.
          Notes: paperback, 1st American edition; first published in Japan by Biblos in 2002
          Rating: 2.5/10 - Where was the mangaka's editor, anyway? Asleep on the job?! Actually, this is so bad it feels like nepotism. (Wow, first time I've ever written that about a book.)

24th-Mar-2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
Uhm, wow. I may have hated the first volume but the second sounds even worse...
24th-Mar-2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say worse, necessarily...just bad in different ways. But then, how many ways can one be bad at telling stories? Well, Tanaka seemed to be trying to find out.

This is a case where the cumulative effect of the entire series is actually worse than each individual volume.
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