Di Gi Charat: Digiko\'s Champion Cup Theater Vol. #01 (Mania.com)
By:Eduardo M. Chavez
Review Date: Friday, June 03, 2005
Release Date: Wednesday, October 01, 2003
Translated by:Studio Robb
What They Say
She has an Earth-style fashion-sense.
She's a cute princess from distant planet!!
"Beginning wiv Studio Ironcat Digiko shall conquer th' world, nyo!!'
Thus this book is her declaration of war!!
Production by IC is a mixed bag, An extreme case of one. Manga-files will be excited to know that the original cover art was hardly touched.
Megsie-chan's "Logo CHECK!!"... finds that the logos are very well handled (yes there are cat ears on the word Digiko and the word cup still has a tail.)
The GN is shinsho sized like Akita Shoten did it. There are colored pages inside and the printing quality for color and inks are pretty good. There even is an omake section called "Extra Stage" included. Some of the notes are really top notch but... (read translation)
The art is very good. Most people have seen Koge-Donbo’s works on a few Broccoli titles and Viz’s Di Gi Charat. With this title consisting entirely of Koge-Donbo art the level of quality never drops. This is Dejiko as we know her best and it really shows. Whether super cute, super deformed or just deranged the art tells a story almost as much as the dialogue.
First once again the names are spelled funny. Dejiko is now Digiko, Piyoko is Pyoko, Gamers is Gamerz so now people familiar with VIZ's version will have to get used to different name spellings as well as something that has been mentioned in another Cup Theater thread. Their accents!!
Go back up and read the "what they say". "Beginning wiv Studio Ironcat Digiko shall conquer th' world, nyo!!" is just a sample of how Dejiko talks in this series. Yeah she is cute and yeah she is one dangerous alien princess but “Too bad fer you, nyo, wivvat burlap bag ya calls a bavin’ suit, Usada, you'll never havva tan as dark an’ swellies as Digiko’s, nyo” took me a couple readings to completely understand (my roommates were completely clueless and one teaches high school English.) Rabi~en~Rose has her own accent. It’s similar to the infamous valley girl accent. Its okay, an’ junk, but I wish it was, like, so out of there, an' junk.
Contents: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Someone once said, “She who rules Gamers, will rule the world.”
Wait! Did anyone actually say that? Possibly not but that pretty much is the basis of this one shot manga entirely done by Koge-Donbo.
Set in the Gamers (called Gamerz in this manga for some reason) main branch located in the Akihabara part of Tokyo, Dejiko (translated Dijiko by IC) and her crew work their hardest to make a living on this pathetic planet. And while Dejiko, Puchiko, Gema work their tails off with Rabi en Rose they are constantly being targets of plots drawn up by Piyoko (called Pyoko) and her Black Gema Gema Gang. With all of the laziness, poor planning, and sales at Gamers there is no end to the amount of bad jokes, eye-beam attacks, and “nyo”s.
For those not familiar with this series it is set up a little different from most manga. It’s not really a 4-panel manga but that’s the closest thing I can think of to describe it. Those who have read Shortcuts might have a better reference to this style. There are 5 chapters spanning the 5 seasons that this series was a part of Akita Shoten’s Weekly Shonen Champion Magazine. Each “strip” was a part of the bonus pages in the reader’s pages that were in each magazine. So most of these are really short but every pair or three-some have the same theme so there is a little bit of continuity.
Actually there is more than a bit of continuity than you would think. With every chapter being a season there are a lot of sketch themes that tend to come up often throughout each season. So while there really isn’t much of a plot you kind of get a feel that you almost get a strip for each day of the year. A strip or two for every holiday (and they go through all of the holidays even some Korean ones), strips for weather or school issues.
Well for some people anything Di Gi Charat is a must and I have to say this is not a bad manga but I can really more than a few people having a hard time with the accents. They really slow down the pace and if you don’t know what something like “cheddah” is in reference to you could get completely lost for that pair or three strips where it’s the main theme. Add to that a $10.95 price for a 147pg GN and IC you've got some explaining to do!!
What can I say I am a DGC maniac and I liked this one-shot, but I am embarrassed to lend it to anyone else. I do not want my Japanese friends to learn bad English, nyo.
Very good but not recommended, nyo.
Mania Grade: C
Art Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: A
Text/Translatin Rating: C
Age Rating: All
Released By: Studio Ironcat
Orientation: Right to Left