Battle Club Vol. #02 (Mania.com)

By:Eduardo M. Chavez
Review Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Release Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2006



Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Shiozaki Yuji
Translated by:Ryan Flake
Adapted by:Aaron Sparrow

What They Say
Battle Club is back with a hard-hitting and wrestle-pinning round two. Mokichi and Higushi are slacking in their training. Things heat up when Tamako faces Kuniko in a curry eating contest. When you think it couldn't get any hotter, the girls visit a hotspring. Our band of misfit athletes finally face the 4 Kings of Heaven for an unusual prize.

The Review
Mokichi is still at the bottom of the pile in the Swan High wrestling club. That isn't a bad thing considering who is on top of him at practice and in the rankings. Unfortunately, in this latest volume of Battle Club, the wrestling club might end up losing its vice-captain after an impromptu match with a rival school. This could mean the end of the club altogether. But in true warrior style, those who are left have decided to take their training to the mountains where they wish to unlock the secrets of real strength. The number of exploding shirts and shredded pants only increase in the wilderness guaranteeing the success of this series. At the same time, the action seems to take a step up as the fighting evolves from Greco-Roman to freestyle wrestling. Maybe Shiozaki knows nothing about the fighting style but he can surely frame a cameltoe. Nothing else matters with Shiozaki right!

Well I spoke too soon. When I read the first volume, I thought the use of slang was just right. Not excessive and never too far off in regards to content. Moreover, it did not feel like a re-write. I mean this title is a comedy, and translating comedy is not easy. However, with this latest volume the writing no longer felt silly and comical. Now the translation is just stupid. Honestly, can someone tell me where people say "flesh pumpkins"? Random "Kojack" references are one thing but "Tits McGee" is pointless. The print quality has also dropped a bit. If any manga needed color plates this one did, but costs possibly prohibited it. Sigh. At least there is plenty of other goods to see here.



Mania Grade: B
Art Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: B
Text/Translatin Rating: C
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Released By: TOKYOPOP
MSRP: 9.99
Pages: 172
ISBN: 1598161393
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left