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  • Art Rating: C
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: C
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: ADV Manga
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 190
  • ISBN: 1-41-390009-7
  • Size: Shinsho
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Seven of Seven Vol. #02

By Eduardo M. Chavez     June 16, 2005
Release Date: January 01, 2004


Seven of Seven Vol.#02
© ADV Manga


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

What They Say
The Nanas strike again in this hilarious sequel!

Join in the adventure as they lie, cheat, fight like wildcats, and play some serious hardball to win Yuichi's heart! The seven obsessed and love hungry temptresses will stop at nothing to be close to this boy. Follow along as they scramble to find love and pass their classes, encountering new friends and old rivals along the way. Can they keep it straight long enough to continue attending the same high school as heartthrob Yuichi? Will the voluptuous and smart transfer student steal them away from the girls? Volume two of this rollicking comedy with the seven Nanas has as many twists and turns you'll have to read it to believe it.

The Review
Packaging:
Once again ADV does practically everything right. This is in shinsho size! Yup, just like the Akita Shoten version. It is something that I wished they did with all their series (Happy Lesson is not). And once again they keep on using the original cover art. Cannot go wrong with that. The front cover has all the Nana's in boy sailor suits doing various acts on what looks like a ship. The back has a framed image of Nana, Yuichi and Hitomi on the ship with the other six Nana's heads bobbing in the ocean behind them. Freaky!

Logo Check!! (©2003 Megs)... ADV uses the Japanese logo. All of it even the kanji/kana. Nice!

This volume has a lot of assistant pages and a few mangaka afterthoughts. I am sorry to say I think I like some of the assistants' designs better than those used by Ms. Kunihiro.

Artwork:
The art is a mixed bag. The character designs are cute but with seven Nana's things can get a little confusing. After two volumes telling them apart is not as hard as it used to be. I will say that I find that all the characters being short and round is pretty cool. The characters 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 costumes often rip right off these gals so there is at least a little skin in almost every chapter.

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.

Text/SFX:
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.)

The translation looks okay. Not having read the original I felt this translation flowed well and did not compromise the humor. Honorifics are not used in this series, which is a little disappointing since one of the Nanas, Nana-sama, uses them.

Contents (Watch out potential spoilers ahead)
With the Nana's now situated in school, they now must prepare for their high school entrance exams. Early results look poor and if they want to have a chance at going to the same school as Yuichi they all have to hit the books hard. A little work and dedication should get those grades up into the 50's and higher in no time. But to some people a little studying is too much. Some would rather cheat than have studying eat into their beauty sleep. Others need special training to get by (and still struggle.)

Once these gals get their grades up they still have to find out where Yuichi is going. They could ask him but that would not make for much comedy. Following Yuichi should turn up some clues but things do not look good. These gals are not the brightest bunch (well maybe Nana-sama is pretty sharp) but how are they going to be able to go to an elite high school? Ultra-miniskirts should do the job, right. Maybe their grandfather can help? Or maybe magic or a lucky charm?

And if things were not bad enough for team Nana Yuichi has been having some trouble recently. A classmate wants to take his place at the top of the class. This nerd has hired goons to do his dirty work and even made himself a power-suit to give him inhuman abilities. And then there is this new transfer student who treats Yuichi like a servant. Some people say this girl is Yuichi's cousin, but why is she so cold? The Nana's might be able to handle a nerd with their self-destructing Nana Ranger outfits but can they stop Tsukie from taking Yuichi to super-elite Gojobashi High?

Comments
The episodes presented in volume two are pretty bad. There are a couple sweet stories and I did have a few laughs here and there but in general I had a queasy feeling that was too hard to shake. This series is just not funny and while I love fan service these characters do not look very attractive (yes, even sexy Nana). So when I went through it and ran into a chapter like Hitomi, Age 24 I found a really sexy character, good fan service and a touching comedy where I could sympathize with the characters. It's a shame that there really was not more of that type of storytelling here. Instead we find different ways to get the Nana's stripped or humiliated.

I was having trouble with these Nanas at the end of volume one and now with one volume left I about ready to jump ship. This series is finally going somewhere but the stories that are carrying it there are so poor I was just lost. While there are a few good chapters, this episodic series usually goes for the lowest denominator - middle school fan service - in every one of them. There really isn't anything wrong with that if you are a shonen and reading this but as a 26-year-old I just couldn't get it. Give me some romance (question 13, A Valentine's Day Love Test), some friendship (question 17: Hitomi, Age 24) and some good humor and fan service in my shonen. Nana-sama forcing Nanappon to wear melting bathing suits and grandpa rigging costumes to dematerialize is not for me.

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