Cheeky Angel (aka Tenshi na Konamaiki) Vol. #02 -

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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 188
  • ISBN: 1-59116-467-2
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Cheeky Angel (aka Tenshi na Konamaiki) Vol. #02

By Eduardo M. Chavez     September 07, 2005
Release Date: September 01, 2004

Cheeky Angel (aka Tenshi na Konamaiki) Vol.#02
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Nishimori Hiroyuki
Translated by:Joe Yamazaki
Adapted by:

What They Say
All Megumi ever wanted was to be the "manliest man on earth." Thanks to a wish-granting genie who misunderstands the young thug's only desire, Megumi is magically transformed into the epitome of feminine pulchritude... meaning he/she's totally hot. Not only do all the boys in school admire her charisma (and bone-crushing strength), some have gone so far as to become her self-appointed bodyguards. How will they react when Megumi tells them her secret? And why is Genzo, the baddest dude in town, wearing a dress?

The Review
Packaged in a tall B6, this title is presented in right-to-left format. Viz uses the original art featuring a close up of Genzo with an SD'd Megumi peeking into the cover on a blue polka-dot background. The opposite cover has a portrait of Megumi and Maki in their high school uniforms next to the volume description blurb.

The logo is real simple but that works perfectly since Shogakukan's version was done in a similar way.

Inside the printing is good, without alignment issues. This volume features all of the chapter headers and a bio on the mangaka.

Nishimori's art is similar to some of the more popular yanki manga of the eighties and nineties. Where his work differs is the use of thick lines and tone shading techniques (older yanki artists would use ink to shade with some pretty dramatic results). His character designs have a very flat feel to them, but in general, they have good sense of proportion and style. Nishimori tends to excel with his facial expressions and action scenes. With characters like these both of these aspects are used to the fullest, keeping the pace up, and brightening up some plain looking art.

Nishimori's backgrounds are stale and are often half done. The layout is also pretty simple, so overall the art does little to support Nishimori's writing.

With this title Viz decided to translate the SFX by using overlays. The retouch is pretty good, but with the funky art the new FX sometimes looks a little too fancy for Nishimori's designs. (I find it awkward having to say that the best art in this title comes from Viz and their FX.)

The translation is solid. It sounds and flows really well. This can be a funny series with the personalities involved but Yamazaki and Gary Leach have done a good job keeping the context for this teen comedy.

Contents: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
If Megumi did not life hard enough as he carries the burden of living the rest of his years in a woman's body. Everyday means fixing the hair, taking care of the skin and being ogled at by pimply faced teens and numb-skilled goons. Everyday means protecting the manly man within, while keeping it a secret (how can you be considered manly with an hourglass figure, right).

If that were not enough, now there is a set of morons who have decided to make themselves Megumi's personal guardians. Each one of them with hopes to eventually be Megumi’s lifelong bodyguard. These four are always around him. They are drooling over Megumi's good looks as they stalk him on his way home. They are sneaking around in the shadows crawling out of the cracks waiting to wish him good morning. They research his life history to find out where he lives and all of his deepest secrets. This gang of four could easily do whatever Megumi asks for a smile. They would risk their health for a date. They might consider murder just for Megumi's unconditional attention.

Megumi just won’t have any of that. First, he doesn't want to go there and second is almost embarrassed to see men act this way. When he regains his manhood, Megumi would be strong to defend his ideals. He would be fair and just for honor's sake. Megumi would be cool inside and out and he would hope his friends would share his ideals so they can all stand together as equals. Being a man means responsibility and a certain attitude that represents strength, honesty and honor.

Seeing these guys and their issues everyday is frustrating. They are pathetic examples of men. They are really just a bunch of boys. Megumi could whip them into shape, but they are so foolish that she would rather see them do it themselves.

Poor Megumi we already know a bad magician has cursed the young ruffian. We already know he has been living a good chunk of his life as a she. Now he has to deal with some true horrors… BOYS!!

Nishimori decides to use this volume to show just how dense young men can get when they are horny. They tend to forget to use logic. They tend to ignore reasoning. They tend to think with organs that are not brains and tend to simply follow their instincts. So despite all of the work Genzo, Taisuke, Ichiro and the rest put into winning Megumi’s affection, in the end they always do exactly what Megumi wishes they would not do - act before they think. Over and over again, they keep on making fools of themselves because they forget to think. Megumi asks them to do something they do it literally. They forget about the concept of nuance and they never consider how Megumi would feel.

As this is still quite early in this series, Nishimori is starting to lay down the groundwork for this title. He is reinforcing the conflict that Megumi is going through with her “gang”. He is also putting in some doubt to the guys as they begin to learn more about Megumi and his strange situation. It is too early to solve Megumi’s problems and even though the secret is getting out Nishimori has the boys’ hormone induced blindness to keep it concealed (for now).

What has surprised me is how much continuity there is in this title. The plot is already established and Nishimori has begun to work on the cast and their unique dynamic together. Where he will go from here has me curious because Genzo and the gang are who are pushing the story along right now. This is just the right pace for me right now. I want to find out more about Megumi and how he will turn these guys into men. That might be a pretty big task to take on, but if this volume is a sign for how this title will progress, the process should be filled with action, laughs and a lot of stupidity. Really the basis of any good shonen yanki title.

Fun stuff from an under-represented genre.


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