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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translation Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: CMX Manga
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 162
  • ISBN: 978-1401224493
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: The World I Create

The World I Create Vol. #01

The World I Create Vol. #01 Manga Review

By Matthew Warner     March 10, 2010
Release Date: January 12, 2010


The World I Create Vol. #01
© CMX Manga

A unique and well thought out concept executed expertly makes this a very entertaining read

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Ayami Kazama
Translation: Sheldon Drzka
Adaptation: Sheldon Drzka

What They Say
Collection of 4 episodes of students at a high school for "Projectionists," people who can create four-dimensional illusions. Eight students form bonds and relationships while honing their skills for fame and fortune. Ritsuki and Yuzuru are in danger of failing their final exam until they practice together and bring out the best in each other, falling in love along the way. Kinoto is an introverted freshman who maintains equipment for Projectionists, but he ends up becoming a project partner with sassy Soyoka, a junior student who has lost almost all of their Projecting power. Imai is working on his senior project, but is continually sabotaged by Suzume, a girl he accidentally insulted. Imai's powerless younger brother thinks Projectionists are elitist snob, and this convinces his Projectionist girlfriend to almost give up training - but later he changes his mind and supports her to becomes a Projectionist.

The Review!

Technical:
The cover on this book is a great one, showing Shogo and Chiho standing as the wind blows past them.  There is certainly a decent bit of detail present here, but what matters more is how great it is at showing off the simplistic yet striking look of the artwork.  The logo does look a bit cheap though, with the basic yellow color and the Earth replacing the “o” which is a tad disappointing, but it works well enough that it doesn’t really detract from the image.  The back contains a summary and another really nice image, this time of Ritsuki and Yuzuru with their lanterns.  Sadly, the insides aren’t quite impressive as the covers, as the paper feels rather thin and cheap.  However, a few extras such as a color page, a short bonus chapter, and a word from the author are included, which is nice.
 
The book reads smoothly, honorifics are retained, and sound effects are replaced with stylized text.  As mentioned in regards to the cover, the artwork is stunning with its simplistic style, and it absolutely oozes emotion.  This is one book that is a joy to look at.
 
Content:
A projectionist is one who has the ability to take their imagination and use it to create an imaginary world.  It’s a skill that brings fame and fortune, and one that few people possess.   Ritsuki Nakahara is one such person, one who possesses the ability to be a projectionist.  However, he’s not the most enthusiastic and motivated at it, which isn’t exactly helped by his eccentric, dress wearing, projectionist dad (he likes to “walk the fine line between genders.”)  He happens to be in risk of failing out of his school as a result of this lack of motivation, but that changes when he is introduced to Yuzuru, a young girl who is also in danger of flunking out.  They begin to practice together, but Ritsuki soon realizes that while he can now project a beautiful scene, it always has an image of Yuzuru in it.  He becomes embarrassed of this, but eventually comes to accept his feelings and tries to get them across to Yuzuru during the promotion exams.
 
In the second chapter, we change our focus to Kinoto Akitsu, a young man in the same school who prefers to fix peoples’ lanterns, instead of actually creating projections himself.  Before long, he is introduced to Soyoka Kawanami, a bossy upperclassman who likes to ditch class and hide out.  Throughout the chapter, her secrets come out and the two begin to be drawn to one another in their own unique way.
 
In the last two chapters, we are introduced to a young man who can’t hold back his love of money and his rivalry with a small girl who can create huge projections, and a boy who hates projectionists yet wants to support his love, a girl who’s been holding back her ability to project so as not to hurt him.  To wrap things up, we are treated to a short chapter focused on a trip to the beach with all the main characters.
 
In Summary:
The clean, simple art combined with the interesting concept of “projectionists” make for a very enjoyable book.  With each chapter focused on a different pair of characters, we are able to see some very interesting possibilities in the unique foundation of this book.  Each of the characters has their own unique personality and situation, and each of the chapters has their own touching little tale to tell.  The only shame here is that there’s only one volume, as this is a great book that could’ve been a great series.  If you’re looking for something charming and unique, give this one a shot.

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