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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: CMX
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-4012-1119-4
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Omukae desu. Vol. #04

By Eduardo M. Chavez     May 16, 2007
Release Date: May 01, 2007

Omukae desu. Vol.#04

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Meca Tanaka
Translated by:Sheldon Drzka
Adapted by:Sheldon Drzka

What They Say
After a high school teacher dies before teaching her very first class, Madoka lets her take temporary possession of him so she can experience what it's like to actually teach. Then the ghost of a pretty but fatally frail high school girl enlists Madoka's help to take revenge on a former classmate: GSG agent Aguma!

The Review
With the GSG not paying Madoka in this realm finances are tight for the college student. To make ends meet, he picks up jobs here and there. And everywhere he seems to land another GSG job seems to follow. Most of them are straight-forward enough. Help some old soul with their hang-ups and send them on their way to heaven/hell. But what about the problems that may lay hidden in this realm? What about the feelings of those who are not going to leave anytime soon? Madoka's job as a teacher's aide and a high school softball coach will bring him face to face with people with emotions just as strong as those ghosts. Can he do his job without breaking some hearts and getting negative karma along the way?

When I initially picked up Omukae desu. I completely embraced this episodic title for what it was... A quirky situational-comedy fantasy in the realm of Koreeda Hirokazu's After Life. Each chapter was a short self-contained tale about a random person's connection with this realm. In keeping with Japanese tradition, that connection prevents them from going to the next realm - the after life. The occult theme was never fully utilized, even if it was hinted early on. Instead, the focus revolved on the relationships the deceased still have with the world of the living.

Four volumes in Tanaka has changed the format a bit. The spirts are still there. And slice of life afterlife transportation service is still the main theme. With experience though, the members of the GSG have grown up. As individuals they have changed and become more aware of themselves and their connection to those around them in this world. So now as they go about their business with more confidence and they interact with each other with less formality, a subtle romance is developing. Each new event with the dead allows these earthbound characters to see what they have been missing because of their hang-ups with the afterlife. And in a very honest way, Tanaka-sensei gives her characters more doubt and fear when Sachi and Madoka come to terms with the possibility of having a real relationship. The romance is very natural and even if slightly one-sided at this point, I felt no pretentious attitude. And that can only be created by time.

Omukae Desu is one of those titles that doesn't dazzle with fancy art. It does not shock or thrill with action or suspense. Instead it relies on heartfelt storytelling and casual writing. In a market of gimmicks and flash, Omukae does the basics better than most and remains entertaining for that reason.


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