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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: ADV Manga
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 202
  • ISBN: 1-4139-0086-0
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Blue Inferior Vol. #01

By Mike Dungan     July 20, 2004
Release Date: May 01, 2004

Blue Inferior Vol.#01
© ADV Manga

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Kyoko Shitou
Translated by:Amy Forsyth
Adapted by:

What They Say
In a world virtually destroyed by environmental contamination, life is sparse and grim, with only a few civilized societies remaining in small pockets along the coast. Earth is no longer a lush variety of landscapes, but rather, a series of contaminated deserts. Stories of vicious sub-humans keep the inhabitants of tiny oases nervous and apprehensive. They are are in no way welcoming to outsiders, not even those like Marine, a young girl who washes up on the shore. Remembering nothing of her past, and all alone, she is found and befriended by Kazuya, a young boy who loves the sea and has a natural curiosity about the outside world. But the rest of Kazuya's community is not so hospitable, and Marine is soon imprisoned by people who believe her to be a sub-human creature. It is up to Kazuya to help her escape and uncover the mystery of her past.

The Review
The Review: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As the back cover blurb says, the world has been rendered almost unliveable by pollution, with only a few pockets of liveable land left. The place that Kazuya lives in is a lush garden on the ocean's edge, protected from the outside world, and the sub-humans who inhabit the polluted world. Kazuya finds and befriends Marine, a girl with no memories who washes up on the shore. Though only 14, he is a big brother to the many children who live in his community. His own parents have been missing for a few years now, since they left on a research mission. The village leader's son, Risee, is a good friend of Kazuya. Risee is bed-ridden and tended by the handsome Doctor Floren, the last person to arrive in their oasis from the outside. Marine is 14, like Kazuya, and beautiful with long, flowing black hair. She has no memories except for the voice of her mother saying "I'm sorry". At first, she is accepted into the village, but when the body of a sub-human washes up on shore, some people begin to believe she's scouting the village and she's imprisoned as a suspected sub-human. Kazuya decides to break her out and help her to escape the village. Their plans are complicated when one of the villagers reveals himself as a sub-human and he has plans for her.

This shoujo adventure is an older work from Kyoko Shitou. It was published in this "definitive edition" in 1999, but was actually begun many years earlier. She was unable to finish it when it was first published but always wanted to get back to it, and this "definitive edition" is the result. The story is science fiction in nature, with the sea being a major element of the story. She uses a light, thin touch in her linework, with the adults all having rather thin faces. There is a lot of humor spread throughout the book, especially when dealing with the children of the village of Liber. Kazuya is very straightforward, without any pretense, which contrasts with Marine, who is quiet, reserved and constantly wary. The detail present in the descriptions and depictions of sea life and sailing show not only a great deal of research, but a great deal of love of the subject matter as well. Kazuya's missing parents and Marine's slowly returning memories, as well as the traitor in their midst, makes for an entertaining story.

There are several pages of extras in the back, with Shitou explaining many of her character designs and the history of the story. The art is adequately reproduced, with nothing untoward standing out. The dialogue is smooth, with a natural feel to it. As with other ADV titles, they translate all sound effects, with the translation being incorporated into the art. The cover is an image of Marine in a yellow dress, floating underwater with dolphins and bubbles around her and sunrays falling from the top right. There are no translation notes, but as the story doesn't take place in Japan, it would appear there were no Japanese cultural references that needed to be addressed.

Blue Inferior makes for an interesting blend of teen romance, sci-fi and apocolyptic adventure.


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