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  • Art Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: DrMaster
  • MSRP: 9.95
  • Pages: 196
  • ISBN: 1-59796-018-7
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Hinado Girl (aka: Hinadori Girl) Vol. #03

By Eduardo M. Chavez     August 23, 2006
Release Date: April 24, 2006

Hinado Girl (aka: Hinadori Girl) Vol.#03
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Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Matsuzawa Mari
Translated by:Michiko Nakayama
Adapted by:Cris Robson

What They Say
Secrets are revealed and Akira steps toward adulthood. Secrets like the hidden past of Akira's father and her mother's top secret data in Sally 001... Akira's growing love for her brother Yoshiki... The real reason Tsukiko wants to obtain Sally 001's data... And is Sasuke's pedophiliac obsession with Sally 001 a cover-up for his secret admiration for Tsukiko? Well, some secrets are better kept in the dark. The pieces come together in this final installment of Hinadori Gril.

The Review
Sally is broken and Akira is in a panic. For the first time since they first met Akira has finally shown concern for her robotic little sister. Now, Akira is diligently working through the night trying her hardest to do her part in the care of her little rival. Not because her brother will kill her and not because a cross-dresser will insult her, but because she feels guilty for she really has always cared about Sally. That might sound strange when Sally is often selfish, stubborn and lazy. Even if Sally is a learning support robot that causes more trouble than what she fixes, she is apart of the family and in Akira's family no one is honest but everyone loves each other. Considering the dynamics maybe it is about time these three should make up and be open with their feelings.

With Sally up and running again the hijinks pick up again as the manga quickly tries to wrap up some loose strings. But before that happens there is the introduction of Luna Hoshizaki. If there weren't enough robot thieves in these series, Matsuzawa casually tosses in a "cute" younger character that is supposed to be Sally and Yoshiki new rival. Talk about timing, with less than a volume left we are treated with the pleasure of another brat in this series. Luna is the lonely "genius" daughter the person who employs Akira's father. For some reason she only has robo-friends but she only likes the ones she can know inside and out. Get ready for some robo-battles and capers, and prepare yourself for some hurt feelings. The secret to Sally 001 is going to be revealed and more than one girl is going to cry.

Hinadori Girl could not have ended sooner. As a series This was little more than an elementary school level comedy. On the surface readers might be tricked into believing this is a robo-maid manga but it is really a slice of live romance working off many manga conventions. With very few of them really coming through well. The robot maid element is quickly dismissed in this series. Sally as a maid is laughable. She causes more messes than she fixes. She gets bored with her work quickly. There is a robo-otaku idea with Yoshiki that is never properly developed. Yoshiki is socially inept and naive, but after volume one we hardly see him tinker much. Who knows why one character is a cross dresser. That did nothing to add towards the sexual tension because there was none to begin with. The team rocket clones for antagonists were clich� at best. They barely tried to steal Sally and the mangaka even decided to give up on them when she decided to have them shopping instead of plotting. The mangaka consistently searched for something to work before running out of old ideas and drying out. I will not miss three volumes of Hinadori Girl. But I have to hand it to this series, at least someone here knew when enough was enough.


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