Angel Cup Vol. #02 -

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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: TOKYOPOP
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 159532304X
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Angel Cup Vol. #02

By Eduardo M. Chavez     January 03, 2007
Release Date: October 01, 2005

Angel Cup Vol.#02

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Story by: Kim DongWook Art by: Youn JaeHo
Translated by:Jumi V. Yang
Adapted by:Hope Donovan

What They Say
So-jin and Shin-young are back with more running and kicking action! So-jin's team is facing defeat in one of their most pivotal soccer matches. Shin-bee steps up and plays for the girls soccer team... but will So-jin and Shin-bee really be able to dribble, pass and score to victory?

This match will prove if these super-athletes have what it takes to be champions. But they must face the boys team's secret weapon to win!

The Review
Angel Cup is one of those titles that tries to be too much at once. I remember this was advertised as a shojo sports manhwa. There were moments where SoJin not only had to deal with her first days in high school but she had a soccer team to build, new friends to make and a romance to sustain. Reading volume one revealed that this is clearly not much of a shojo title but the comicker does not have a great grasp on the sport he was drawing. Angel Cup worked a little better as a soccer fan's Princess Nine all the way down to the awkward sports moments. Soccer players cannot have boyfriends. Rivals on and off the field create drama for a team almost entirely made of athletes without experience with the sport they are signing up for. Battle of the sexes but it is spirit that will overcome strength, speed and size. Yeah, you know the deal and neither one of the themes really pan out.

Volume two changed all that. The game and only the game is now the focus. I could care less that this isn't shojo, for now I do not have to worry much about failed romances and the occasional bitch clique. Instead, I got to see futsal. And if you don't know futsal, it is the super-fast indoor version of soccer. Teams only have five on the miniature pitch scoring is often high. The roles are much more defined and every move is much more meaningful because the risk is much higher on the smaller playing field. The game itself provided the real drama. Playing team sports is filled with challenges and in a sport like soccer every goal is a climax. And even if the art does a poor job of presenting the details of the game, seeing these characters put their all on the field was beautiful to see. Soccer is a cliche - all for one and one for all. Youn and Kim's girls only had each other in this story. No fans, no school support and no family support to speak of. In all truth I wasn't supporting this team or this manga early on. But their play won me over. And that's the true test of a sports manga. So even in defeat seeing the team proud of their work on the field felt like the perfect result for a game (and volume) that was more about a test of their collective will instead of talent.

Judging from the way volume two ended I am possibly going to regret giving this title another chance. I think Kim-sensei is going to be taking SoJin back on the recruiting tour, while ShinBee's health will put the team in jeopardy once again. However, hope for more character building through sport will keep me coming back. Blood, sweat and tears on the pitch brought these 7 girls together. It opened the hearts of the new team members and might win over a few fans along the way also. Stick with the basics... A good soccer tactic also.


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