Gacha Gacha: The Next Revolution Vol. #06 (Mania.com)

By:Matthew Alexander
Review Date: Thursday, June 05, 2008
Release Date: Monday, March 31, 2008



Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Hiroyuki Tamakoshi
Translated by:David Ury
Adapted by:David Ury

What They Say
It's summer vacation, and Akira's rich friend is taking the whole gang to a beautiful island. What could be better than spending time with Yurika in a tropical paradise? When Akira and Yurika find themselves stargazing under a star-studded sky, Akira feels like all his dreams are about to come true... until - ah-choo! - Akira transforms into his female alter ego, Akira-chan. How's Akira going to explain his way out of this one?

The Review
Talk about mixed signals. Like most men, Akira-kun is pretty clueless when it comes to realizing which girls like him and which don't. However, even when it should be easy as Yurika comes right out and says she likes him, it is still confusing. Even though Yurika does this multiple times, every time there are people around or a certain circumstance that would lead Akira-kun to question the validity of her claims. Such as the time she said it in front of Akira-kun's friends and another time around his parents, both times to make Akira-kun look good. So what is a guy to do? Well if he was more experienced he could just ask Yurika out, but then the story would be fairly short.

Akira-kun does make some headway in his quest for Yurika during a trip to a deserted island. It seems his friend Yasunobu has a rich hottie fiancÚ, and she invites everyone to go to a small island for vacation. While taking a walk with Yurika to look at the stars, Akira-kun finds himself up close and personal with the love of his life. Only he blows his opportunity to kiss her. Dang, he has to get his crap together. That or just turn into Akira-chan and go bathe with the girls.

The second half of this book follows the characters through a short timeframe, with each chapter told from a different persons perspective; Akira-kun, Anju and Yurika. First Yurika attempts to cut sugar out of her diet, turns out she's cranky when her blood sugar level gets low. Next, Anju comes up with a training regiment for larger breasts in hope of getting Akira-kun's attention. Both stories are funny, but not as hilarious as Akira-chan's attempt at taking sexy self-portraits, which fails miserably. All three of these chapters were funny, but the interlacing and repetition ala Lost, just did not work well. Some writers can pull this storytelling method off successfully, but unfortunately, Tamakoshi fails to make it work.



Mania Grade: B-
Art Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translatin Rating: B
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Released By: Del Rey
MSRP: 12.95
Pages: 200
ISBN: 978-0-345-49917-2
Size: A5
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Gacha Gacha: The Next Revolution