Game X Rush 2

November 10, 2009

Mizuh0 Kusanagi – Tokyopop – 2009 – 2 volumes

I reviewed this for the weekly Manga Minis column at Manga Recon, so you can check it out over there.

I loved the first volume, but really did not like the second, which was the conclusion to the story.  It’s a real shame when that happens.

Game X Rush 1

August 4, 2009

Mizuho Kusanagi – Tokyopop – 2009 – 2 volumes

I reviewed this for the Manga Recon, so you can check out the full review over there.

Basically, I thought I was really going to hate it, and after 40 pages that put me into a coma, it turned itself completely around when it turned out it had been using manga plot devices to lure me into a sense of security so that it could turn the character I liked into the type of person that beheads little girls with piano wire.

As I said in the review, it doesn’t rise much above what it seems like it will be in those first 40 pages (the boys are still friends who work together share their deep dark secrets or whatever), but it does have a great sense of humor and a messed-up way of dealing with things that makes it very entertaining.  It loves abusing manga stereotypes for comedic effect, and I was won over in a manly love scene that rivals the Lohmeyer adoration in Honey and Clover.  Not a must read, but a very entertaining read all the same, and it’ll be even better if it turns out to actually be two volumes, since it is episodic and would lose its novelty quickly if it went on too long.

Also, I’m having a lot of trouble not calling it Cross X Break (a Duo Brand series published in English by Go!Comi) or Cross X Game (without the X in the title, a Mitsuru “baseball” Adachi series).