Fake 2

July 22, 2009

Sanami Matoh – Tokyopop – 2004 – 7 volumes

The cases were a bit better in this volume, though I still had some weird logic issues with what was going on sometimes.  In the first story, this was the way all the characters joined Ryo and Dee in England for their vacation somehow, including a 10-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl.  Dee and Ryo wind up stumbling into a murder case, and conveniently, all the victims are Japanese people, and conveniently again, someone lets it slip to the killer that Ryo is part Japanese.  Everyone randomly showing up in England to interrupt any romantic moments was more aggravating that it was wrong, like the stuff was in the first volume, but the aggravation of having the romance interrupted brings up the questions of how two children managed to fly trans-Atlantic by themselves, and questioning logic like that is never a good idea.

To be fair, as frequently as Bikky (yeah, I don’t know about that name) and Carol break in and interrupt Ryo and Dee, sometimes the jokes are pretty funny.  In the England murder case, I liked that the two of them were betting money on how far Dee would get with Ryo.

Mysteriously, Ryo and Dee still have no problems platonically sharing a bed with each other and Bikky.  I’m not sure why this amuses me so much, but it really, really does.

In general, I still don’t really like the humor.  It does seem to get toned down a little in every story though, and it’s easier to take the actual crimes that Ryo and Dee are trying to investigate more seriously this way.

The second major case in the volume was quite serious.  It spotlighted Dee’s past, and involved a terrorist that hit Dee a little too close to home.  Dee winds up chasing the man through the streets, with Ryo lagging just behind to stop him from becoming a murderer.  When I said I prefer drama, this is exactly what I was looking for, though the pacing and writing in general could use a little tightening up.

I forgot to mention this last time, but it’s worth noting that the character designs in this series are of the more manly broad-shouldered variety favored by early 90’s artists.  The best and most accessible examples I can think of are CLAMP’s character designs in RG Veda, Tokyo Babylon, and to a lesser extent in X.  These designs help distinguish adult male characters from those that are still in high school, a serious flaw in a lot of yaoi series… though to be fair, I’m pretty sure neither Dee nor Ryo look anything like their actual ages.

But… meh.  I’ll keep reading.  It’s only 7 volumes long, and a lot of the stuff I didn’t like in the first volume is already gone, so maybe it’ll keep getting better.  It’ll be a bit before I pick up the rest, though.

2 Responses to “Fake 2”

  1. Cyphomandra Says:

    I’ve flipped through FAKE, but the combination of incoherent plot and the artwork (I never know how to describe artwork, but I think RG Veda – which I haven’t been able to read at all – is a good comparison, although I’m actually okay with Tokyo Babylon despite all the older guys who are so broad-shouldered that I can only assume they go through doors sideways) put me off.

    If it does improve I might give it another go, but I think I also wasn’t wild about Dee pressuring Ryo – is there that whole “Stalking only proves it’s true love” thing going on, or am I mixed up with something else?

  2. Connie Says:

    Incoherent is a good way of putting it. I think I was just so taken aback by the strange take on how police officers go about their duties that it didn’t occur to me that the hilarious missteps were incoherent, which is probably why they’re hilarious in the first place. I wish I laughed as hard at the jokes as I do at what is or is not going on with the plot.

    I like the broad-shouldered look just because it makes the characters look older, but it may also be that I read a lot of CLAMP when I was getting into manga and am remembering the designs fondly. It may also be because of the comical exaggeration of the broad-shouldered manly man stereotype, or just the fact it looks super-dated. The other series I was thinking of when I wrote that was Bronze, a yaoi series where the manlier love interest has shoulders out to here.

    You might be confusing Fake with something else… Dee doesn’t really stalk Ryo, but Dee does do everything in his power to have the two wind up alone together. I know what you mean when you say that, though. It’s one of my least favorite romantic plot devices just because I’m always screaming in my head at the main character to stay away from the crazy person. I do like Bronze though, which is all about the love interest stalking the main character in a hilariously melodramatic way.

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