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  • Art Rating: C+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 978-1-933617-58-9
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Hikkatsu!

Hikkatsu! Vol. #02

By Sakura Eries     March 12, 2008
Release Date: December 30, 2007

Hikkatsu! Vol.#02
© Go! Comi

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Yu Yagami
Translated by:Christine Schilling
Adapted by:Kai Connick

What They Say
The saga of man vs. appliance continues! Shota and his friends travel through the desert, where they are challenged by a bizarre assortment of Enthusiast Clans. Can Shota master his Repair Blow before the giant robots, prospectors and people in animal suits do him in?

The Review
After putting to rest a years-old grudge borne by his karate master's daughter, Shota sets out on a mission: to end the Malfunctioning Era by whacking the earth into shape! His Repair Blow has vastly improved, but how will he find the right place to strike when the problem lies at the center of the earth? His quest takes them into the wacky and treacherous world of the outlands where he and his friends encounter the colorful characters of the Pitfall, Bean-Gun, and Inside-inspection Enthusiast Clans!

This manga continues in its completely non-serious vein. Somehow between Volume 1 and 2, Shota goes from mostly futile smashing to hundred percent effectiveness with his Repair Blow. Yagami never quite explains the sudden improvement in ability, but his universe is so wacky that it's just one of many things the mangaka simply expects his audience to accept. Now that Shota's Repair Blow is actually consistent, the focus shifts from his appliance smashing training sessions to silly hijinks with the outrageous "enthusiast clans" that were only hinted at in Volume 1.

We learn more about the reasons behind the malfunctioning machines and the crazy fringe groups that exist in Shota's world, but the relationships between Shota, Kanji, and Momoko remain at a standstill. A tiny bit more of Shota's character is revealed during his fight with his instructor's daughter, but a backstory on Kanji or how Momoko ended up with pigeons as a child has yet to be provided. Apparently, encounters with random obsessive groups take priority over character development in this title.

Translation notes, seven pages of 4-panel comics, and ads for other Go! Comi titles are included as extras in this volume.


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