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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: CMX
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 212
  • ISBN: 1401208010
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Chikyu Misaki Vol. #03

By Jarred Pine     December 13, 2006
Release Date: March 08, 2006

Chikyu Misaki Vol.#03

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Iwahara Yuji
Translated by:Jonathan Tarbox
Adapted by:Jonathan Tarbox

What They Say
This final volume brings the enchanting, modern fairy tale and critically acclaimed series to a close. A shadowy figure combs the lake looking for Neo - a young boy who is secretly the shape-shifting Hohopo, a mythological lake creature. Misaki still protects him, but she's begun to reveal her past to Tokuko... learning her new friend's secrets in return. The pieces of the Hohoro mystery are coming together, and everyone converges on the lake to discover its treasures!

The Review
As Flipped's David Welsh put it, Chikyu Misaki "has a lot on its mind". That sentiment is quite clear with this final volume of my surprise title of the year. Creator Iwahara Yuji has a lot to say; and somehow he manages to wrap it all up in a short three volumes, leaving me satisfied and still surprised at just how enjoyable this unheralded manga turned out.

So, for those who have been waiting for this final review to make your "buy or not" decision, I'm sure the burning question is, "Does it have a good ending?" Well, if your definition of an ending is seeing Misaki's past come to light, Reiko and Tokuko to have their airing of grievances, and the legend of the Hohopo explained, then you should be quite pleased. Needless to say, I won't go into any more information than that to avoid spoilers, but you should rest easy knowing that everything which was brought up in the first couple volumes is nicely resolved here.

It has really been a treat for me to experience Iwahara's storytelling in this fantastical mysterious science fiction coming of age drama. Seriously, Iwahara works in elements from so many genres, risking the story from getting bloated within its small page count but manages to pull it all off. Chikyu Misaki is a fantasy title at its core, but it is also so much more. By adding in all these other elements to go with a great cast of characters, Iwahara avoids genre cliches and cardboard characters; creating a manga that will no doubt always be amongst the other titles on my shelf of favorites.

I thank CMX for finding this hidden gem and definitely look forward to other tucked away treasures that they may bring to light.


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