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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translation Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 8.99
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 978-1421522593
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Gaba Kawa

Gaba Kawa Vol. #01

By Danielle Van Gorder     January 16, 2009
Release Date: November 25, 2008

Gaba Kawa
© Viz Media

Rara may fail at being a demon, but she's not too bad at love!

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Rie Takada
Translation: Noritaka Minami
Adaptation: Lance Caselman

What They Say
Demons like Rara are supposed to cause mischief in the mortal world and draw humans to darkness. They're not supposed to help mortals and they're definitely not supposed to fall in love with them! But that's just what happens when Rara enters high school, where a hot guy named Retsu Aku calls her "Gaba Kawa"!While demons gain power by causing mischief, the opposite is also true--if Rara uses any of her powers to help mortals, she'll immediately lose that very power. If she loses enough power, she'll disappear! Poor Rara. What's a "Gaba Kawa" demon to do?

The Review!

Viz's book never quite manage to look spectacular, but this one is fairly decent.  The cover is fantastic, dominated by black and white tones, which make the splashes of color stand out that much more.  The print quality is fairly average, with sharp lines and dark blacks, but there are quite a few pages where the screentone reproduction looks off.


Rie Takada's art is polished and distinctive - unmistakably shoujo, but also unmistakably hers.  Facial expressions seem to be one of her strong points, especially when it's Rara's face, and there is some nice variety in the character designs overall.  The page layouts are varied and interesting, if not particularly groundbreaking.


All sound effects are replaced by an English translation in a font that closely matches the original.  For the most part this is very well done, to the point where it's difficult to tell that the translation wasn't the original effect.  The translation flows very smoothly, and I didn't note any rough points that detracted from the story.


Rara is a demon, sent to earth to spread misery, hate, and discontent, and drag human souls down into hell.  But her real mission is different - she wants to find the most famous demon of them all, Akusawa, and earn his love.  Of course, she's never actually seen a picture of him, but anyone that cool has to match the handsome image in her head, right?  Right!?

Things aren't going to be so easy for her, though - she already has a rival in the form of Bibi, another demon with the same goal as Rara.  But Rara gains an edge when she's "rescued" by a handsome guy by the name of Aku, only it turns out that this isn't the demon Aku at all.  Predictably enough, Rara falls in love with this not entirely ordinary human, and wacky hijinks ensue.  See, when a demon uses a power to help a human rather than hurt them, the demon loses that power, and if they lose enough power they cease to exist. 

Of course, it proves to be impossible for Rara to spend much time around Aku and not use her powers to help him.  He's not exactly normal himself, and has a knack for getting into trouble.  Or maybe it's just that Rara has a way of getting herself into trouble around him.  Eventually she's found out, and given an ultimatum by the other demons - kill Aku before tomorrow night, or vanish into nothing!


As romances go, this isn't particularly convincing, and several interesting ideas really could have used more depth, but with only one volume to play with that's not really surprising.  The ending was almost annoyingly predictable, but this sort of story always ends happily.  The best part about this book was unquestionably the humor - there were so many little things thrown in that weren't even a major part of the story, but made me laugh, like the catgirl scene.  If you're in the mood for silly, fluffy romance with a very small side of supernatural and suspense, this is fairly decent, but there's nothing even remotely like depth to it.


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mahamad5632 1/16/2009 7:05:24 PM

how downloud 



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