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  • Art Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 15 & Up
  • Released By: ADV Manga
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 196
  • ISBN: 1-4139-0098-4
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Those Who Hunt Elves Vol. #06

By Eduardo M. Chavez     July 01, 2005
Release Date: August 01, 2004


Those Who Hunt Elves Vol.#06
© ADV Manga


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Yagami Yu
Translated by:Eiko McGregor
Adapted by:

What They Say
That madcap gang of elf hunters is back and more determined than ever to disrobe every elf who crosses their path! Desperate to return to their homeland and craving a little curry, Junpei and his fellow fighters will find themselves in yet another sticky situation - they must battle none other than the evil Madame Grandbelle. It's a fight to free this foreign world from a power-hungry conquerer, but can a group of elf-hunting adventurers and their elf-turned-panda bear-friend/tour guide save the day? They're taking on more than a few elves and their out-of-control adventure becomes even more outrageous with every retrieved spell fragment!

The Review
Packaging:
Once again ADV's titles continue to have the original cover art on the front and back of the graphic novel. The front cover has an image of all the main characters giving Miike the tank/cat a wash. The back cover has a framed image of Ritsuko hugging a panda version of Celcia above the long volume description (which by the way describes volume 3 and not this one).

Logo Check!!! (2003 Megs).... the logo used by ADV is from their anime release. It's a funky looking font with spirals use in or as some of the letters. It looks okay and personally I like it better than the original (big 3D block kanji/kana) but I think they could have thought of something smaller.

Inside the manga includes the color volume header and contents page and a review of the story so far. The rest of the printing is clean but a little dark. Compared to the MediaWork's version you really see the difference, but it is not as bad as previous volumes. I also found this kinda funny, but even with the larger book size (this is a large B6 and the MediaWorks version is a B6), ADV ended up losing some of the art on some pages as they would scan the pages larger resulting in images that would be cut off the page. At the end of the GN ADV includes translator notes, a preview blurb for volume 7 and an ad for Cat Android Girl NukuNuku

Artwork:
For those familiar with the anime you might be thrown off a little by the character designs. Yagami's designs are a lot longer and they look very lanky. Airi and Ritsuko have waists that cannot be more than 16 inches in circumference. They look very lean and long and its consistent from head to leg. Even beefy Jumpei, who in the anime has a big upper body and skinny legs, looks much smaller and should have lower back issues cause his chest area is still massive on top of his tiny abs. If he has a six-pack it must be of mini 7-Up cans. Faces look very familiar though and for you Celcia fans out there she looks exactly the same.

Costumes in this fantasy can be pretty interesting. Considering that the concept of this series is to take them off you should expect to see a little variety in that area and Yagami-sensei does a good job here. Even "Those Who Hunt Elves" tend to use different costumes here ever so often (IE Ritsuko has a cape with breast and shoulder armor in some chapters).

The backgrounds are just as good and also have that same fantasy look. It is detailed to the point where buildings are full of brick, masonry, wood and tapestry. The panel layout is pretty simple but with some decent action and nice background art the flow is still good.

There is a little frontal nudity in this series (its a manga about stripping female elves!!!) but you'll have to wait till the end of each chapter to see it.

Text/SFX:
ADV does a good job here with the SFX. They have subbed them and the translation of SFX is improving with experience. But there are occasions where SFX are overlaid in situations where subbing would compromise art.

The translation is okay. The context has greatly improved since the first volume and while there is some slang here but it's not bad. I also like ADV's use of the translator notes. In the past they would simply rewrite jokes, often missing the context of Yagami's jokes all together. In this volume they admitted there was at least one pun so horrible they could not re-write it if they wanted to. God I love Japanese puns! Thanks for keeping it in and thanks for translating it in the notes.

Contents: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
How long has it been since they were transported to this world? How much longer must they search, hunt and strip to collect the missing spell fragments that will send them back to their home world? How much must they endure in regards to isolation and prejudice? The three Japanese members of TWHE have been robbed of their regular lives and must now become villains if they even have a chance to return home someday. Meanwhile, the elf in their group has become a traitor to her people. None of these people enjoy what they have been forced to do. No one wants to always be seen as the bad guy.

Unfortunately, that is what they are right now. They are the infamous strippers who with their strength, tactics, cunning and magic are determined to unrobe every elf on this planet if that is what it takes. They do not discriminate, however elves do not appreciate that they see that they have been specifically targeted. The process of hunting and stripping often leads to much more than humiliation. Violence and destruction, it is all rather selfish abusive behavior. Each one of them acknowledges this, and they would rather play the role of the hero. However those moments are few and far between. And how can they be seen that way, when they are essentially criminals.

But should they even consider a change in their behavior? They seriously should play this role. Stripping is easier for them if they do not have an attachment to a damsel in distress. Is there another way to strip a warrior elf outside of defeating her in and to hand combat? Mermaid elves must be caught with cunning and a good fishing rod. Are you supposed to roll over when an elf threatens you with blackmail? Its a panda beat panda world out there and no number of eat me bears or dream pillows can heal the pain felt on both sides of this problem.

Comments
I have to admit that as much as I am a fan of this series the episodic nature it takes on for the majority of the time really makes for a tough review. The episodes themselves are pretty unique and each little story-line brings a new aspect to the plot (as was apparent in the first major arch which ended in the previous volume). However, even Yagami's characters are starting to feel the strain that comes from having to repeat the same thing over and over. But the monthly format this was printed in is perfect for long self-contained chapters; so what is Yagami to do.

This volume that moves away from stripping and focuses on the everyday lives of the gang is a nice touch. Everyday will obviously not be filled with chances to strip elves. Occasionally there will be times when characters will have time to be "normal" people. Maybe they do not get go to Ikebukuro for shopping or they do not get to spend '1800 to go see a movie, but they can still go to a street side cafe for coffee and curry. They get to travel and experience new cultures, maybe life not as repetitive as it sounds. And readers have been given a chance to follow them as they go through these days as well.

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