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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: 186
  • ISBN: 1-59796-048-9
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Iron Wok Jan

Iron Wok Jan Vol. #25

By Eduardo M. Chavez     October 17, 2007
Release Date: August 31, 2007

Iron Wok Jan Vol.#25
© DrMaster

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Saijyo Shinji
Translated by:Toshikazu Hosaka
Adapted by:Ailen Lujo

What They Say
While Kou and Kiriko are sweating over their dish to add personality to the bland ostrich meat, Jan pulls out his secret weapon: "the magic box." He hangs the meat inside the box and... voila! What is this box that turns the ostrich meat black, then white, then red again? Find out the secret behind Akiyama's magic!

The Review
Cooking for the 21st Century is the theme of the latest and final round of the All Japan Chinese Cuisine Cook Off. And each of the finalists is using dark depressing visions of the future as their inspiration for their new wave dishes. While using the 'bland' meat of the ostrich Jan devices a way to make the lean bird as flavorful as Kobe beef. Kiriko ignores the main ingredient to design a new way to spice up the future. But did she consider the potential heart problems her food might cause? And then there is Ransei Koh... Well he has prepared a meal that might look tough on your teeth and gums, but might be as soft as gum (and hopefully much tastier). I don't know if I'd want to taste either one of the three, but for some reason looking at their dishes the future looks really bleak!

Volume 25 of IWJ is Jan at its best and its most frustrating. It is great because it is mind-bending unadulterated bat-shit crazy cooking manga. It takes readers somewhere comfortable and warm like the dinner table and then feeds them nothing but salt and deep fried insects. I often don't know whether to drool over his dishes or to gag over the ingredients and over-the-top cooking technique. And it is that technique that frustrates me to no end. After 25 volumes, I still cannot cook a single dish from this series. The food from this volume in particular seems impossible to make in a day, let alone a few hours. And who would want to actually eat any of it unless the conditions were as extreme as Jan's apocalyptic future entails.

At this point the magic is starting to loose its charm. The food is losing its flavor and I am starting to get tired of watching bad people give people indigestion before feeding them. For once, I almost wish I could see Okonogi-kun bumble around the kitchen cooking up wontons and hot & sour soup. At least I know how to make those and I would definitely know if his would taste bad.

Don't get me wrong, IWJ is still better than Shaman King or YuGiOh but I am not sure either of these three titles should have been more than 18 volumes long. After a while, even the best tournament manga leaves a bad taste in one's mouth.


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