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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 7.95
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 1-4215-0652-1
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

I\'s Vol. #11

By Eduardo M. Chavez     March 28, 2007
Release Date: January 02, 2007

I\'s Vol.#11
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Katsura Masakazu
Translated by:Arashi Productions
Adapted by:Arashi Productions

What They Say
The winds of change are blowing for Ichitaka, with high school graduation and college entrance exams fast approaching. And against all odds, he might finally be able to get together with Iori. After an awkward Christmas Eve date, Ichitaka hears from a friend that Iori wants to see him again. But his problems aren't over yet.

Iori's new talent agency forbids her to have a boyfriend. And vivacious schoolmate Izumi is still as determined as ever to get Ichitaka for herself. With their school days coming to an end, can Ichitaka finally take control of his life?

The Review
At one point I was a huge I"s fan. I think the first time I read this through in Japanese, I could not see the weaknesses at all in Katsura's story-telling. I was enamored with his characters. I was enjoying all of the comedy and the fanservice was keeping the otaku in me quite pleased. Having gone through the series three times now I almost find this series repulsive. This story looks less like romance and more like obsession to me. I can handle obsession but I have a hard time when a favorite artist of mine starts to look pathetic.

Ichitaka's character is designed to be one of pure heart. A guy who has tried hard to get the girl of his dreams but his good nature consistently gets in his way. In this volume, the guy is coming of a big-time rejection. He feels he should be depressed but as been his nature he moves on. There is nothing wrong with that. Actually that is so rare in manga, I found that refreshing. However, Katsura's solution to Ichitaka's brief moment of melancholy is flashes of irresponsibility.

Right when I feel Ichitaka's character has matured a bit, a curveball changes everything. Katsura decides to turn the tables on shounen romances and gives him girl of his dreams and the girl in his dreams. Iori is now suddenly his girlfriend and Izuki is not only appearing in his wet dreams but is making his real life a dream filled deep kisses and dangerous softness. A guy cannot be placed in a situation like that. He will always choose both if given the opportunity. Even if Izumi's behavior is pure lolita with all the teasing and youthful energy passing on the possibility is foolish (even if reckless).

So what does Ichitaka do? He sets himself up for trouble of the worst kind. Allowing himself to be two a relationships that cannot be made public. And the readers have to go through the motions all over again.

I"s is an entertaining read. And even if the art quality is not as clean as it can get, this is still a great looking title. I just am tired of the same old formula. This is cliche; derivative of what Katsura has done before. Worst of all this is set with a cast that is so abrassive I almost wish the I's - Iori, Ichitaka and Izuki - were the only characters in this world. No wonder all the other characters have romance problems also. I could only stand so much time with any one of them.

There is one positive note for this volume. Viz has begun to print this series uncensored. So now there is plenty more of Katsura's art to experience! That bumped the packaging grade half a letter!


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