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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 184
  • ISBN: 1-56970-866-5
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Enchanter Vol. #01

By Matthew Alexander     June 06, 2006
Release Date: July 01, 2006


Enchanter Vol.#01
© Digital Manga Publishing


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Izumi Kawachi
Translated by:Sachiko Sato
Adapted by:

What They Say
Harukiko is 100% head-over-sneakers for his sweet, shy science teacher Yuka. After all , she's a total brainiac . . . and incredibly hot! But what's he supposed to do when an enchanted vixen named Eukanaria suddenly falls into his lap (in a tiny miniskirt) and demands Haruhiko's help? Demonic battles, powerful sorcery, and a busy bee who can't mind her own business . . . what will happen when magic and mayhem mix?

Enchanterr asks the tough and tender question: when choosing between an adorable dreamgirl and a girl-demon who's almost impossible to dream up, what's a normal guy like Haruhiko to do?! He's got love on the brain and a fantastic quest unraveling right before his eyes . . . not to mention a monster or two who wants his dizzy head on a silver platter. In order to harness the power deep within, he'll have to surrender to a strange new world of spells, incredible weapons . . . and super-flirty costumes!

The Review
Packaging:
Enchanter continues DMP's trend of including a dust jacket cover. The front cover depicts Haruhiko wielding a light-saber like weapon and the hot pants wearing winged demon girl Eukanaria brandishing a handgun. The background is orange, which works well with the domininant blue tones worn by the characters and the blue Enchanter title itself. The back cover is white with a synopsis in black text sharing half of the cover with a pixilated picture of Eukanaria. The printing is quite good with solid blacks from start to finish and extras include a table of contents, two short SD comics and rough prototype sketches of Haruhiko and Eukanaria.

Artwork:
Kawachi's character design is pretty standard shonen fare, but the characters proportions are well drawn and facial expressions are quite varied and descriptive. Not surprisingly the backgrounds are fairly sparse and a little stale when present, but monster design is fairly interesting and the girls are definitely cute, especially when the sexy nighties come out. Line work is clean and the shading is pretty good.

Text/SFX:
The SFX are translated with smaller translations hugging the original Japanese SFX and the translation reads well with good flow and it lacked grammatical problems. Like other DMP titles, the publisher did a nice job using various fonts for dialogue and inner monologue. So far I've been really impressed with the care DMP gives their titles.

Contents: (Warning, Spoiler Xing)
Haruhiko is your typical seventeen-year-old high school student. Like many young boys he has a crush on one of his teachers named Yuka, who just so happens to be a cute young woman who grew up as Haruhiko's neighbor. Also not surprisingly, Yuka doesn't treat Haruhiko any differently than his classmates. Then one day Yuka falls out of the ceiling above Haruhiko wearing hot pants and sporting a pair of bat wings. Even more amazing than Yuka's clothing is the fact that she's not Yuka, but a demon that looks exactly like her named Eukanaria and she has black demon hot on her trail.

Chaos erupts as the black demon tries to catch Eukanaria before disappearing through a wall. Eukarnia turns out to be a demon searching for a body suitable for the misplaced soul of the Enchanter Fulcanelli. Fulcanelli was one of the most powerful Enchanter's and because of this every demon around wants to capture the crystal housing his soul so they can harness his power. So what does this have to do with Haruhiko? Well, Eukanaria wants Haruhiko to give up his body for Fulcanelli and she's willing to use her body and Haruhiko's infatuation with her look alike Yuka as a bargaining chip. Giving up your body is not really an option, but for a babe as hot as Eukanaria it is a somewhat tempting idea, and her constant teasing isn't helping.

But the real problem for Haruhiko is that demons searching for Eukanaria are now mistaking Yuka for her. So Haruhiko finds himself drawn into Eukanaria's world of demons and enchantments as he tries to protect Yuka. In the process, he shows his prowess for building tools and weapons, which Fulcanelli's soul helps Haruhiko to infuse with magical power. But why would Fulcanelli help Haruhiko when he could just take his body for himself? Then there's Eukanaria and her playful advances, will she be able to trick Haruhiko out of his body? Will Haruhiko be able to protect the fair Yuka?

Comments
What's better than a hot little cutie? Twins! Or at least a demon that looks exactly like your high school crush. But life isn't all jiggles and cuteness for Haruhiko. The object of his affection, his high school teacher Yuka, doesn't think of him more than just another student and her demon look alike Eukanaria only wants Haruhiko for his body. Even that isn't anything to be excited about because Eukanaria wants to replace Haruhiko's soul with the Enchanter Fulcanelli's soul.

This first volume does a nice job of setting up the main characters and circumstances. I really enjoyed the story and Haruhiko's character because he's quick thinking and not a complete perv. Especially considering the multitude of chances he has to take advantage of his teenage hormones and the very willing Eukanaria. Eukanaria's character is delightfully naughty and a fun mirror to Yuka's innocence. Overall, Enchanter is a fun read with plenty of energy, comedy and innocent fan service along the way.

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