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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translation Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 16+
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 9781569708583
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Enchanter

Enchanter Vol. #09

By Matthew Alexander     December 18, 2008
Release Date: August 12, 2008

Enchanter Vol. #09
© Digital Manga Publishing

Action packed with gorgeous demon girls wearing outfits that would make a stripper blush!

Creative Talent:
Writer/Artist: Izumi Kawachi
Translation: Sachiko Sato
Adaptation: Sachiko Sato

What They Say:

Poor, tortured Mercurio! The dueling personalities at war insider her body are ripping her sanity to shreds. Haruhiko will have to fight harder than ever to protect her, but an unknown history hides its own secrets... and Mercurio's problems may be too big to battle alone. The hardest lessons of Haruhiko's young life await him. And if saying sorry is difficult, imagine having to say goodbye... forever.

The scandalous outfites may be skimpy, but the adventures are larger than life in Enchanter! Young Haruhiko is slowly gaining the technical skills and fierce power needed to stand up for himself and those he cares for... but he's really got to steel himself if he wants to resist the saucy minx Eukanaria (and an army of other crafty creatures, too!). Can Haruhiko resist temptation long enough to find his true calling?

The Review:

This really is a great series and I wish it were getting the amount of love it deserves.  I guess it isn’t too big a surprise that a romantic comedy with harem undertones like <i>Enchanter</i> would get lost in a publishing company that churns out yaoi like there is no tomorrow.  Not only is this story funny with an interesting premise, but it also has amazingly sexy scantily clad women (drawn by a female manga-ka) and character development.  These later volumes even have an emotional powerfulness that few comedies ever attempt.  There is no better example of this than the conclusion of the Mercurio arc.

With the Enchanter Mercurio finally able to reclaim control of her body by suppressing the sweet Demon Mercurio’s soul, there is going to be hell to pay.  Enchanter Mercurio is pissed.  The Demon Mercurio has suppressed her soul for the last ten years and Enchanter Mercurio will be dead before she gives up her body again.  I really enjoyed the release of her rage after all this time.  While I like Haruhiko, his desire to save Demon Mercurio at the cost of Enchanter Mercurio just doesn’t sit well with me.  Of all people, Haruhiko should understand how Enchanter Mercurio feels.  So, I kind of enjoyed watching him get his ass handed to him.

While the fight is exciting, the real power in this story comes from Enchanter Mercurio’s plight, skillfully expressed in her face by the artist.  For all of Kawachi’s titillating art, she is quite good at conveying emotions and comedy through her character’s facial expressions.  While fighting Haruhiko, Enchanter Mercurio carries an expression that flips back and forth between wickedly happy and sadistically enraged.  Will Haruhiko begin to see things Enchanter Mercurio’s way?  Maybe a few blows to his head will help.

Later, the man responsible for putting Demon Mercurio’s soul in Enchanter Mercurio’s body makes an appearance.  He is a mysterious man that seems to only be looking out for number one.  So why is he interested in a brilliant engineering student?  Only time will tell, but based on what he did to Mercurio, the engineering student had better find a place to hide.


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