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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 194
  • ISBN: 978-1-56970-833-0
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Waru

Waru Vol. #01

By Danielle Van Gorder     October 22, 2007
Release Date: May 23, 2007


Waru Vol.#01
© Digital Manga Publishing


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Yukari Hashida
Translated by:Sachiko Sato
Adapted by:

What They Say
With a mouth almost as bad as his looks, Joh is the worst of the worst. Now, he has committed the biggest crime of the year: he's kidnapped Yuushi, the son of a politician - and he's on the run from the law! To make matters worse, it looks like the captor is falling for his hostage...


The Review
Packaging:
Waru comes with DMP's standard larger sized pages and dustjacket. The cover features a shot of Joe holding a knife to a handcuffed Yuushi's throat. It's a nice piece of art and very eye-catching, but the overall red tone of it contrasts oddly with the pink band at the bottom of the cover, and the logo doesn't mesh well with the rest of the cover. The print quality is good overall and the blacks are acceptably dark.

Art:
In a sea of BL manga with characters who look so similar that they could be interchangeable, Hashida manages to come up with character designs that are distinctive - no worries about confusing characters here. For the most part her art is highly detailed, filling pages with creative page layouts without ever looking too busy. Even the simpler portions manage to avoid looking sloppy. Overall, it's one of the more visually interesting BL titles I've read recently.

Text/SFX:
All sound effects are subtitled on the page in a font similar to the original. The translation flows smoothly without any rough spots.

Contents (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Deciding he has nothing to lose, Joe decides to go out in a blaze of glory and kidnaps Yuushi, the son of a politician. But Yuushi ends up falling for Joe, and decides he wants to run away with him. When their kidnapping adventure comes to an end, Yuushi ends up having his father pull some strings to get Joe out of jail, and hires him as a bodyguard.

Their relationship doesn't progress smoothly. Joe's attraction to Yuushi is undeniable, but he's less willing to admit to an emotional attachment. When complications arise in the form of Yuushi's young mother, who looks quite a bit like him, Joe's willpower and devotion to Yuushi are put to the test. Further complications arise when Yuushi's former lover, a handsome economist with entirely too much ambition, arrives on the scene as well.

Comments
The basic story sounds like enough of a cliche that it almost turned me away altogether, but the execution manages to be extremely entertaining in the end. There's a surprising amount of humor in this book, especially in scenes involving Joe's father, and a tongue-in-cheek edge that shows that, amidst all the excessive melodrama and hard to credit twists, it never falls into the trap of actually taking itself too seriously.

This is a fun book - Joe and Yuuchi make for a nice contrast, Joe's father is just funny, and Kurokawa is almost as over-the-top as a Bond villain. Character development isn't extensive, but it isn't supposed to be the focus of this story, either. While not great literature, Waru is undeniably a fun read.

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