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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Released By: DrMaster
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 206
  • ISBN: 1-59796-036-5
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Iron Wok Jan Vol. #18

By Eduardo M. Chavez     May 24, 2006
Release Date: May 10, 2006

Iron Wok Jan Vol.#18
© DrMaster

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Saijyo Shinji
Translated by:Nakayama Michiko
Adapted by:

What They Say
It's the third round of the Chinese Cuisine Cooking Competition with eight contestants remaining. Jan and Kiriko learn the legendary King of Chinese Cuisine " Bai Lan Wang, is amongst the contestants. But that's not all. There are highly trained candidates from Riku clan who are determined to take over the Bai Lan Wang's title by winning the competition. Witness the most unusual and creative pot sticker dishes from the best Chi

The Review
The 2nd Annual Chinese Cooking Competition continues in the latest volume of Iron Wok Jan! and all four trainees from Gobancho are still in the running. The next competition is battle gyoza, a familiar subject for these young chefs as they had to prepare gyoza for a new recipe contest at their restuarant. Last time they had to battle it out lucky loser Okonogi Takao won by proving that the best gyoza are the easiest ones to make. This is a completely different type of arena, though; where the objectives are national (and at times international). Taste, style, creativity, scent and health are all considered, simple is not going to cut it.

After a few volumes where the battles began to drag out a bit, this volume kicks things up a notch. The reason - Saijyo adds a clear rival. The introduction of BaiLan Wang (head of the Chinese Food Cartel) has added a level of drama and a sense of direction that this title has long been missing. Early on IWJ! sank into a rut of a tournament manga, focusing on a battle a volume. And while there is continuity here, there was never much of a plot. Well, Saijyo has finally decided it was time for a pinch of fresh conflict that was not processed and prepackaged. And boy does BaiLan Wang deliver in taste. He spices up this dish with arrogance and charm that blows Jan away. And his skill is ridiculous even for this series. Right now he looks like the ultimate chef warrior, but after 17 volumes of IWJ I have figured out that the better the chef the flashier Saijyo and in turn Jan's magic becomes!

Overall another solid job from DrMaster. After some issues very early in this series, IWJ seems to now consistently have the best prints from DrMaster on nice yellowish paper. This volume also has its share of Japanese fan art, a handful of recipes and a couple cooking quizes that make this title an active read.


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