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  • Art Rating: A+
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 1-59307-540-5
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Octopus Girl Vol. #02

By Josephine Fortune     July 26, 2006
Release Date: June 21, 2006

Octopus Girl Vol.#02
© Dark Horse

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Toru Yamazaki
Translated by:Kumar Sivasubramanian
Adapted by:

What They Say
Now that she has control over her transformations, Takako is happy to be known as the "Octopus Girl"! Being able to change herself into a teenage head with octopus tentacles allows her to discover horrors in the ocean as well as in Japan. Octopus Girl and Sakae (a wicked girl with the body of a moray eel) face satanic cults, pregnancy, death-trap elevators, violent family strife, and their own backbiting rivalry!

The Review
The question as to whether or not this series would take a direction or continue to be episodic is answered in the first chapter of this volume when the Sea Witch gives Sakae a body, so now nothing stops the girls from moving freely between land and sea. The Sea Witch also, uh, sorta fixes Sakae's teeth. After that, we get a series of one-shot chapters mostly about the girls working odd jobs together, Sakae getting a more mature, medical-related position much of the time, with Takako usually taking on the role of a student or some sort of secondary job. The situations are pretty much as described in the publisher's summary.

There are a handful of stories this time around that, while the plots are kind of silly, the endings are actually somewhat... heartbreaking, which is a strange thing here. There are also a number of short stories that are either marignally or not at all related to Takako and Sakae, some of them funny and very sad at the same time.

If you're looking for more of the same from the first volume, you'll definitely get it. This volume's full of hilarious gags, and Sakae and Takako getting together on a variety of odd job situations makes for a lot more "cute" jokes this time around. It's not quite as dark as the first volume, but you'll still get plenty of gore if that's your thing. The only thing missing was the slight continuity from last volume, but other than that, here we get more humor and story variation as well as some bizarre heartbreak to add to the mix.

The Japanese covers are not duplicated on the English release likely due to a great decision on Dark Horse's part (the Japanese covers are some of the worst I've seen on manga), but this time we at least get a color image done by Toru Yamazaki. There's a ton of extras included in this volume, too. At the end of a lot of chapters, a bonus illustration is included that is usually unrelated. At the end of the volume, we get two pages of 4-panel omake comics that are retellings of fairy tales, then we get a page of Yamazaki's family photos, followed by a page of author free talk. The back inside cover also contains a rather funny illustration, though it's one that can also be found in the chapters.


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