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  • Art Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: ADV Manga
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 194
  • ISBN: 1-4139-0008-9
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Seven of Seven Vol. #01

By Eduardo M. Chavez     June 01, 2005
Release Date: October 01, 2003


Seven of Seven Vol.#01
© ADV Manga


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Imagawa Yasuhiro/Kunihiro Azusa (concept: Yoshizaki Mine/GENCO)
Translated by:Yoshimi Sheridan
Adapted by:

What They Say
Nana has split into seven?

The fiasco started one ordinary night when Nana Suzuki, a typically shy teenage girl, allowed the light of the full moon to fall upon a mysterious crystal and split her into seven different versions. How could anyone keep them straight? You won’t believe the story of how Dynamic Nana, Sexy Nana, Smart Nana, Easygoing Nana, and Mean Nana fit into everyday life of the original Nana. Different though they may be, each Nana shares one common trait - they all have a huge crush on the same guy, Yuichi! Follow the adventures of Nana and her best friend Hitomi as the secret seven-way split is revealed. What kinds of craziness will the Nanas go through as they try to adjust to junior high school? Which Nana will win Yuichi’s heart? What will be exams be like? Will Nana ever be in one body again? Find out when you join all seven Nanas in the hilarious new manga romance Seven of Seven!

This isn't the same as the TV anime, so enjoy Imagawa’s world to the fullest!

The Review
Packaging:
Once again ADV does almost everything right. This is in shinsho size! Yup, just like the Akita Shoten version. It practically confirms my theory that ADV will be keeping original sizes and not giving us sizes that will not coordinate with originals (FMP! And Azuamanga look so good next to their Japanese sisters).

And once again they keep on using the original cover art. Cannot go wrong with that. And finally, SFX are intact with translations. Yeah!

Only extras are translator notes and ads for Steel Angel Kurumi and NewType USA.

Artwork:
The art is a mixed bag. The character designs are cute but with seven Nanas things can get a little confusing. Some of the designs are different. Kunihuro-sensei notes that easy-going Nana is increasingly looking more like an animal. Obviously sexy Nana is busty but when she is fully clothed her face looks almost exactly like mean Nana’s. If smart Nana didn’t have glasses she would be dynamic Nana.

I will say that I find that all the characters being short and round is pretty cool. The students in this series are in middle school and while they can dress up sexy or not they are not all fan service for shonen readers. On the other hand sexy Nana is pretty scary. She is huge and seeing a middle schooler drawn the way she is might be a little weird to some (i know I occasionally got chills, the bad kind) especially since she does not appear very attractive.

Backgrounds are pretty good in this series but they are used ever so often (which is pretty standard for a shonen title). The layout is hyper. And that really is to be expected. With all of the chaos behind most of the stories perspective is going to be all over the place and the really showed.

SFX/Text:
This series is presented right to left in a shinsho sized GN. Just like the original!

The SFX are all translated with subs. With the layout being really hyper panels can get crowded but it usually worked out fine. ADV is getting better at their translation of SFX but readers will still find some awkward translations of sounds (a friend confused the SFX translation for an aside because of how it was interpreted.)

Contents: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Shy middle schooler Nana gets a present from her dad and the next day there are seven of her. How would you deal with this and how would you prevent all of them from taking the heart of the guy you (all of you) like?

Suzuki Nana is an underachieving middle school student. She has a few friends and she has a crush on the top scorer in her class. And despite the fact that he is geeky, is not very good looking and doesn’t have average interests Nana and others cannot seem to have the courage to confess their feelings to him. But things are looking up today as Nana she feels that this strange crystal her dad gave her might give her that courage. Instead the crystal brings her six copies of her, each with representing one of her personal traits. Sexy, mean, smart, easy-going, crybaby and dynamic were all a part of her and are now living with her and are all hunting for Yuichi.

As the days went on the obvious problems were starting to arise. Who will be going to school? Who is going to try to date Yuichi? Will they share their secret to everyone? How will they split their allowance seven ways? Most of these questions are answered in a chapter and they usually end up with the troop all being happy or embarrassed in some way.

Comments
Relying on humor and visual gags Seven of Seven reads rather quickly. And with this volume being episodic so far there really is not much of a plot. You know that Nana will want to be one person again but you really do not see much progress to that resolution. Instead Nana has to deal with the problems that the six other hers create because of their extreme personalities. Sometimes stories are cute and sometimes they are just whacked. And with personalities like sexy, dynamic and mean some of the situations are just bizarre.

To make matters worse there really does not appear to be much character development. With seven Nanas the writing usually focuses on the chaos and the comedic situations that can arise but you really do not get much of a chance to get to know these parts of Nana more. You also do not get to know Yuichi more because all the Nanas and their rivals are eating up panel time. And while that type of thing can be fun it really does not do much for me as I would really like to get to know the characters a little more, especially in a romance.

While Seven of Seven is a fun title it really does not have much going for it. Yeah it’s a fun concept, full of potential for mayhem, confusion and excitement and there is a little of that but it really doesn’t go beyond that. Its episodic and practically every chapter ends with a happy ending for all seven of the Nanas and there is little development of a plot.

I am okay with this but not at all impressed. I did not like the character designs at all. Etchi SD characters (nnoooo!!). And for some reason I almost felt as if each chapter gave me a lesson. I am 26 years old; maybe a little old for that. I might be passing on this one soon

Not recommended.

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