Fake 3

July 11, 2010

Sanami Matoh – Tokyopop – 2003 – 7 volumes

Reading this and Banana Fish together… it’s like a slap in the face. They’re… kind of the same thing, except to say that is a bit blasphemous. I don’t like Fake, where I love Banana Fish almost unconditionally, but I can respect Fake for the kind of story that it is. Normally I dismiss a series outright when I dislike it, but in the case of Fake, I can see what it is and what it’s doing, and it’s just not my thing.

This volume is almost entirely a story involving a gorgeous FBI agent, a kingpin dealing in human slavery and prostitution, and a serial killer that’s jumped from LA to New York. Dee and Ryo are split up as they work opposite ends of the case, but it soon becomes clear that both events are related. Later, there’s a cute Christmas story, and another all-Bikky story.

There are some things that make me laugh, both intentionally and unintentionally (the fact that the majority of the NYPD seems to prefer men amused me the most here, as did Dee’s rants whenever his amorous advances were cut off), but the near-constant gags just aren’t my thing. It’s also a little too campy and 90s for my taste. I never thought I’d say something was too 90s for me, but I wouldn’t be too worried if buddy cop comedies disappeared off of the face of the Earth without a trace, so there you go.

I was happy to see a more serious take on the job in this volume, and the serial murder plot was just what I needed to keep my interest. While I did like the Christmas story, I think I would have enjoyed it much less had it been proceeded by several comedic short stories instead of a very serious murder investigation. Bikky’s story… in general, I don’t like interrupting Bikky, and I was happy to see his role toned down in the main story, but it’s hard to hate him outside the context of Ryo’s apartment. He is a decent and likable character in his own chapters, it’s just a shame that his main role in the series is to beat up Dee when he gets too close to Ryo.

I’m going to go ahead and finish this series up. It’s not much of a romance, but I know it turns into one more and more as the series goes on, and who knows, maybe I’ll like the camp if I read the rest of the volumes together. Stranger things have happened, and it is very hard to get me to dislike something.

One Response to “Fake 3”

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