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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-56970-893-2
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Il Gato Sul G (aka: G-senjou no Neko) Vol. #02

By Julie Rosato     October 25, 2006
Release Date: October 04, 2006

Il Gato Sul G (aka: G-senjou no Neko) Vol.#02
© Digital Manga Publishing

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Tooko Miyagi
Translated by:Duane Johnson
Adapted by:

What They Say
The "black" personality Riya gives Atsushi back his key, saying he doesn't need it, and informs Atsushi that the "white" Riya slept with another man... Has Atsushi fallen for this stray cat that appeared on his door step?

The Review
This volume introduces a new character, Riya's lively older cousin Saki. A piano prodigy himself, he's in Japan to perform, but also to check up on Riya at his uncle's request. Riya's instability and apparent emotional attachment to Atsushi leads Saki to offer Atsushi a job as a live-in housekeeper and guardian. He accepts the job without hesitation, but this naturally leads to all sorts of emotional conflicts. It isn't long before Atsushi realizes his feelings for Riya extend beyond that of a guardian, and Riya, in full lost-kitty glory, only makes matters worse. Kousaka, too, having come to learn of Riya's affliction, struggles with both concern and jealousy. To cap it all off, Riya's father expects him to study abroad in America in the coming year - a feat impossible for Black and frightening for White. Black might get the page time here, but it's White who drives this volume's angst. There is to be one more volume to wrap it all up, according to the author's afterward.

My first thought after reading this volume was "man, this book really wants to mess the characters up!" It's bad enough for Riya - Black for his identity crisis, White for his lapsing memories, and both for their confused feelings - but nice guy Atsushi's getting his heart put through the ringer and Kousaka's bullying just proves he's having a hard time coming to terms with his feelings, too.

But then there's the reader, too! The part of me that thrives on angsty reads enjoys the twists and turns this book takes, but I also feel a bit like it's intended to bully us, the way Kousaka bullies Riya. Our sensitivities take hit after hit between the ups and downs (and back and forths) of both Riya's relationships. I don't know who I am supposed to root for, or maybe even for whom I want to, but I suppose that's the point. This book offers us two kinds of semes - a nice guy and a cruel one - and it taunts us with a wish for both to work out. Ultimately however, it is both strength and weakness that this book tries to please both camps; yes it makes for an addicting read, but I wonder if at the end neither will be happy.

I continue to have some trouble with the flatness of the script. However, as I am unfamiliar with the original work, I don't know if this is a problem with the translation itself, or merely an example of something lost in translation. The ambiguity of the dialogue, paired with subtle changes in the art style also made it a little harder to differentiate between the two Riyas at times. Once again a few sentences seemed awkward, or perhaps just too literal, but at least the SFX looked better this time around.


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