Anne Freaks Vol. #02 (Mania.com)
By:Eduardo M. Chavez
Review Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Release Date: Friday, June 30, 2006
Translated by:Kaoru Bertrand
What They Say
Anna and her boys have pulled off their first anti-terrorism terrorist attack. The location was a school during a sports festival day filled with elementary school kids and their parents. Initial plans did not have the guys alerting the innocent of the imminent danger. This lack of consideration for humanity by Anna has disturbed Yuri and Mitsuba. As the pressure builds the boys have become hesitant and unsure of themselves. As they become more aware of who they are dealing with the blind vengeance turned into guilt and fear. They could not continue indiscriminately killing the innocent in large numbers as they assassinate the few terrorists that ruined their lives. They need an alternative but are they willing to work outside of Anne's world to collaborate with those who want to stop them.
There might be something wrong with me openly supporting a character like Anna who is so cold and void of compassion. She has become a killing machine. But when I look at the life Kotegawa has placed her in, I can only feel for her. Her means are not right, but she has no other option. So as a reader, being challenged like this I had to support her acts of terror and vengeance. Anne Freaks is one of those sinful titles where nothing ever seems right. The police are wrong. The lead characters are wrong. Their enemies are wrong. This whole world is lacking compassion. This struggle, that involves readers as much as the characters, is intense and that intensity keeps me coming back. This is like watching a bull-fight at a colesium. You watch to see someone get hurt - the bull gord a torero or a matador stab a bull. Either way the dance and drama bring you in until the blood is spilled.
ADV was once known for its quality. However that was way back when they launched their manga line. Since then their translations have been so-so, their prints horrendous and they have reverted to the digest size most publishers use. Well, Anne Freaks is not FMP! quality, but it is one of ADV's better looking new releases. First the size is fine. The Tall B6 is only a little large than the original publication. Unfortunately, that was not able to prevent this release from having alignment issues. Then there is the great cover. A wonderful close up of main character Anne in her new favorite shirt. You can really see her personality here. ADV kept the original logo for that added touch that says, "We might be trying."? To opposite cover has another great piece, where Anne is peeking through a tear in the cover. All of this is done on a matted finish. No color plates but the print is acceptable. The translation is fine as well, as ADV keeps cultural phrases intact, translating them in their notes section.
Fine job from ADV for what might be their best title still regularly running.
Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B
Text/Translatin Rating: A-
Age Rating: 16 & Up
Released By: ADV Manga
Orientation: Right to Left