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  • Art Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: C+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: ADV Manga
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 184
  • ISBN: 1-4139-0149-2
  • Size: Tall B6
  • Orientation: Left to Right

Quantum Mistake Vol. #01

By Eduardo M. Chavez     August 09, 2004
Release Date: August 27, 2004


Quantum Mistake Vol.#01
© ADV Manga


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Son Eun-ho/Choi Myung-su
Translated by:Trisha Eggleston
Adapted by:

What They Say
STRANGER IN A STRANGE BODY?
When mild-mannered Woo-Soo and thuggish Too-Ji become test subjects for a mad scientist and her latest invention - the quantum teleporter - these two high school opposites literally find that they've switched bodies! Madcap adventures await Woo-Soo and Too-Ji as they must assume lives they never thought they would lead. Will Too-Ji be able to hack it as an ace student? And how will Woo-Soo compete against enemies he's never known? Will their peers notice anything "new" about their classmates? Get to know Too-Ji and Woo-Soo - or is it Woo-Soo and Too-Ji - in this exciting adventure of Quantum Mistake!


The Review
Packaging:
Presented in a tall B6 this title is in left to right format (which is standard for manhwa). The front cover features red-headed Too-ji hanging out at by the sea. Upon further inspection of this piece, one might notice his shadow happens to be the image of Woo-soo, the other main character of this series. The opposite cover has Too-ji on a motorcycle next to the large volume description blurb. Inside the printing is not too bad. Choi uses really heavy inking, so what little tone he uses is looking pretty good. There were some alignment issues but nothing was cut off or distorted. This series was void of extras, but ADV did have a short description of volume two at the end of this GN.

Artwork:
Choi's art is solid, but is not my style. His character designs use very thick lines, often giving eyes, mouths and hair a little more depth than I would like to see. Actually, in a way it really works with this title as his main character often appears to be much more aggressive than he usually is but because of his new body people mistake concentration for anger. He also uses a lot of detail in his facial expressions. The looks are similar to those readers may have seen in yanki manga, like GTO. Characters appear to be to scale and while the costume designs do not change they have a unique look with some nice style. Backgrounds are pretty good, which is great since the layout is average. The detailed backgrounds give depth and perspective to Choi's art, and his layout, as simple as it is, is pretty active and controls the pace of the story well.

SFX/Text:
ADV does a pretty good job with the SFX in this title. I like how they sub their SFX, but with Choi having so much art in his panels the large subs occasionally compromise background and character art. Even though I have not read this series raw (I could not even if I wanted to, as I do not know Korean), I still felt the writing read well and flowed well. My copy is an uncorrected proof so there are a few errors and placement issues that should be fixed when this title hits the shelves.

Contents: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Kang Too-ji and Choi Woo-soo are complete opposites. Woo-soo is a walking, talking brain. He spends hours upon hours studying and studying his study habits working on his academic excellence. If one were to run into Woo-soo at a library as he is reading a book, one would possibly be forced to inflict physical harm to Woo-soo before he takes his attention away from his studies. His concentration is possibly his best attribute; recently his attitude has gotten him into quite a bit of trouble.

Too-ji, on the other hand, is a thuggish punk. He may not be a hulk, but physically he is a strong warrior who has no equal at fighting. When the time comes he cannot back down from a fight, and he does not quit until his opponents have been beaten to a pulp. Even as a freshman in high school, Too-ji has made a name for himself as a lone wolf that cowers to no one. His hot-headed attitude brought a big change in his life.

A few days ago, these two young men crossed paths on a train. At the time neither of two noticed each other - one was studying so hard he was unaware he walked into a gang battle, while the other was taking on the gang on his own. When the fight moved on to the station platform, down to the street level lobby, out to the street and into an alley Woo-soo followed. When Woo-soo finally realized he was no longer in route to school, he was shocked! Bodies had been tossed all over the street he was on, as if they were dolls. When he tried to find his way out of here he finally met Too-ji. But there was little time to chat for these two.

Kids, please, do not stand in the middle of streets. Cars can kill!

After an accident, kidnapping, a mad scientist's experiment, and random abandonment these two would end up awaking in each other's body! For Woo-soo this meant an unwanted break in his studies. He had to find his bearings and get down to some studying fast. He is in Too-ji's body; he has his school and personal I.D., so he knows where to study. He needs materials: Too-ji doesn't own a dictionary and only owns one notebook. He needs to get to know his teachers. Why do his teachers avoid him? Maybe a study group, as Too-ji appears to have plenty of friends, since everyone acts to humble around his body. If he could keep his spirits up he should be able to keep his grades up. Nothing really fazes Woo-soo, and lucky for him nothing has come after Too-ji, yet.

Oh, by the way what happened to Too-ji??

Comments
This is the second body swap title from in the past few months and much like the other title, Your and My Secret, this title just falls flat. Where this title fails is in its characters. While there is some direction to the story (with Son forgetting about Too-ji for almost the entire volume after the switch, I wonder about that), but these characters are basically sociopathic. One may be a gift to humanity, a potential super-genius with potential to make great things. Though, he is clueless in regards to relationships and anything outside of his studies. He comes off so aggressive at times that his teachers do not see a difference between him and Too-ji. Too-ji is a menace to society, without friends or even family. And with the author focusing on Woo-soo for this volume, there were no moments to find out if he had any finer qualities.

Take away these two and there are some entertaining moments. The supporting cast reminds me of characters from a variety of teenage punk titles. Their character designs, clothing and hairstyles in particular, are great and they really keep a mood of fun potentially rowdy times. Unfortunately, with Woo-soo in Too-ji's body those moments do not come. Instead there are some ridiculous action scenes based on silly comedy that comes off feeling awkward and dull. Seeing Woo-soo not even make an effort to get his old body back is also unbelievable, but in this story it almost seems appropriate.

Quantum Mistake is a big mistake. When I first picked up the title, I thought there might be some potential; believing that these characters would have a hard time adapting to their new roles. Instead the story has focused solely on one character that has not been changed despite the obvious physical and social differences. I just could not relate to the main characters (okay, main character) at all. To be honest, I often ended up wishing he would get into deeper trouble just to see him struggle to keep his life in check. I think that is a bad sign. With twenty-two volumes to go through there is plenty of room to grow, but with so many titles out there now sticking with a title that starts off poorly might be a mistake in the long haul.

Not recommended

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