Magic Knight Rayearth 1
August 22, 2004
This was literally one of the first “Mixx” manga ever published. Thus, it really hurts to read, as ancient titles from any company are (see also: Urusei Yatsura Perfect Collection, 1-555-Goddess, Futaba-kun Change 1). For me, this series really HURTS. I saw the anime before the manga, and it’s so repetitive. Yes, it’s got a good story, but it’s buried under all the crap. Having been clean of both the manga and anime version for two years, I went back to read the manga.
Oh, SO MUCH BETTER without all the anime associations! I still have a bad taste in my mouth from the anime, but it doesn’t haunt the story like it used to, and thus you have a wonderful volume of manga. There are so many cute scenes that I can’t believe I forgot. Not even anything in particular, just cute faces or poses Fuu and Hikaru strike from time to time. It ran in Nakayoshi, which means it’s got the cuteness overload for all the younger girls. If done right, I’m a sucker for that sort of thing. It’s still a little repetitive, as characters tend to mimic each other from time to time, but nothing like the anime. My favorite part is Mokona’s first appearance, as I was always a sucker for the little thing. At the end of MKRII, it did something that caused me nightmares for a long time afterward, an element that’s carried over in Tsubasa, and it makes Mokona one of my favorite characters EVER.
They reprinted this, and for all intents and purposes, the first editions should probably be burned. You learn by trial and error. I love Tokyopop sure enough, but the slang, the pop culture references, the spelling and grammar errors, incorrect character and place names… ugh. The new edition is, I assume, free of all this since they went back through it, and is also cheaper. By all means get it, because this is a wonderful story.