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Hayate x Blade Vol. 1 by Hayashiya Shizuru 
5th-Jan-2009 10:37 pm
Hayashiya, Shizuru. Hayate x Blade. Vol. 1. Trans. Adrienne Beck. Tor/Seven Seas, 2008.
          Summary: In place of her sister Nagi, who is ill, Kurogane Hayate enrolls at the all-girls school Tenchi Academy as a Sword Bearer. Although at first she isn't interested in fighting, when she learns that the orphanage that raised her is drowning in debt, she is determined to rise in the Sword Bearer ranks in order to make money. But to do so, she will need a partner. Enter Mudou Ayana...
          Comments: You know how some series (*cough* Rosario+Vampire *cough*) never ever let an opportunity for a panty shot go by unexploited? Well, Hayate x Blade never lets an opportunity for a lowbrow yuri joke go by unexploited--no matter how irrational or unjustified. (What the heck is with all of Hayate's double entendres, anyway??? Does the fifth grader know what she's doing or not???) Sometimes it's funny, often it's tiresome, but even despite the first volume's *ahem* questionable assets, the face-paced storyline is still quite a lot of fun to read. The prose of the Seven Seas edition is impeccable, which certainly helps a lot. (Note to any fans who have trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality: I myself attended an all-women's college, and I can assure you the experience is neither especially exciting nor homoerotic. There may be something to the ambition and intensity of focus, though.) The highlight of the series thus far is Hayate playing a bishoujo game and wondering "which button shoots her"? Amen, sister!
          Rating: 5.5/10 - Vaguely entertaining even for those who are not fans of the genre but will likely be most appreciated by those who know they're going to like it before they even crack it open.
7th-Jan-2009 01:03 am (UTC)
She says WHAT? "Which button shoots her?"?! Oh, my GOD. *chokes*
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