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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 7.95
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-59116-727-2
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Whistle! Vol. #04

By Eduardo M. Chavez     May 10, 2006
Release Date: March 15, 2005

Whistle! Vol.#04
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Higuchi Daisuke
Translated by:Naomi Kokubo
Adapted by:

What They Say
After playing an incredible and inspirational match against their cross-town rivals, the gang at Josui Junior High is now fielding queries from players who want to join their team. One of these hopefuls is Yuki Kojima, the team's pretty manager. She's not only cute and sweet but she's also an awesome soccer player, to boot. Slowly but surely, Sho is surrounding himself with a bunch of all-star athletes... now all he has to do is find a coach!

The Review
As the first match of the district tournament winds down, Sakura Josui MS has scratched and clawed themselves back into a draw against perennial champion Musashinomori MS. Sho's hyper agressive play is draining the opposing defence, but at the same time it is wearing down his team of benchwarmers. This is a tournament, so the only result that matters is a win (win or you're done). Playing to hang in with the big boys means waiting until next semester for another chance.

Sakura Josui's season might have been over before it started, but now this team has become immensely popular. New kids are coming out for the same reason - popularity. This team is based on hard play and practice. Those who don't follow that mantra is not going to make it; especially with a new hard working coach and manager joining the team.

Even with all the printing problems and the horrid soccer term translations, Whistle! is still one of the better sports manga in recent memory. Higuchi gives you a taste of glory and takes it away. She gives you some great soccer with its drama and suspense and leaves wanting to spend more time in practice.


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