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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: DramaQueen L.L.C
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 188
  • ISBN: 1-933809-05-1
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Vision of the Other Side Vol. #02

By Eduardo M. Chavez     June 20, 2007
Release Date: June 01, 2006

Vision of the Other Side Vol.#02
© DramaQueen L.L.C

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Yu-Chin Lin
Translated by:Lin An
Adapted by:Lin An

What They Say
Princess Nan-Fan finally manages to escape from her forced marriage to find herself kidnapped by a young, blonde man! Who is he and what does he want?! Nan-Fan desperately wants to find out, as she discovers life outside of the palace.

Sheltered all her life, she begins to experience the hardships of the common folk. Nan-Fan also begins to feel the first stirings of love. Alas, behind all of this new adventure lurks a sinister shadow... Who will protect Nan-Fan from the lingering darkness?

The Review
Nan-Fan's stubborn nature has landed her in a dangerous situation where she is now in the arms of her homeland's former ally turned enemy. Having lived a sheltered life the princess has always had her way with those around her. Void of real responsibilities, she has never known real disappointment or desperation. Now on the run, she can see first hand the power of taxation, which she once took lightly. She can see the fear, hunger, and loneliness that the peasants of her land endure. And yet even as she walks among those less-fortunate than her, she does not understand how she can help. Nor does she understand why she is part of the problem.

Reading Vision of the Other Side is like watching a simplified black and white version of a Chinese drama. Like those programs the content presented here is generally derivative. The drama resembles what could be seen in a soap opera with high-wire action elements tossed in to bring up the intensity. Even with an old formula, the entertainment value is pretty high. What makes Vision work is how Lin-sensei makes good use of the genre.

Shoujo fantasy does not require much realism. Good looking characters and a troubled romance can go a long way for a title like this. In Vision, Lin has done that with a style that resembles a few Japanese titles I have read before. Because of the era this manga is set in, not only do her characters look great but the costumes are outstanding as well given an impression that the manga is exotic. The kidnapped Princess Nan-Fan makes an ideal lead also. She may be a bit naive, yet her beauty and strong sense of justice makes her memorable. Readers can appreciate her attitude, while they envy her status and beauty. And then there's the romance. Definitely hot from the get go. These two are two stunning animals, but every other minute they are either embracing or fighting... What more does a shoujo reader want?

With so much shoujo manga out there I find it hard to find titles that really stand out for a seinen reader. I imagine it must be even harder for a shoujo reader to dig through so much mediocrity. Vision might be in the middle of the pack as far as its content is concerned, but it does have its points. Production is top notch - dust jacket, great translation and a few nice extras from DramaQueen. But Yu-Chin Lin has also written a title that while simple is unique to anything else in English and that should be worth a look.


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