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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: TOKYOPOP
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 193
  • ISBN: 1-5918-2380-3
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

X day (Kanojo-tachi no) Vol. #02

By Eduardo M. Chavez     January 09, 2005
Release Date: October 01, 2003


X day (Kanojo-tachi no) Vol.#02
© TOKYOPOP


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Mizushiro Setona
Translated by:Shirley Kubo
Adapted by:

What They Say
X-Day is fast approaching and everyone is super excited. Rika suspects that all is not right with Mr. Money when she begins noticing bruises. When she sees Mr. Money;s mother abusing him, she steps in to protect him, and a new love starts to blossom.

The Review
Packaging:
TOKYOPOP provided a nice presentation to this one. With volume header art, keeping the sub-title X-day is coming was a nice touch (one that I griped about before).

The front cover has Mr Money and Jangalian in front of a window at school. TP frames this original cover art with a green chalkboard and has the back cover art in white on green to continue that chalkboard feel. I really wished TP didn't frame this cover as the front covers for 1&2 if put side by side are one continuous piece with all four main characters.

TOKYOPOP also included the one-chapter-long manga the Last Supper and ads for: Fake, Kodocha, Mars, Peach Girl: Change of Heart, Zodiac PI, and Confidential Confessions.

Artwork:
The art is very good. While I am usually not a fan of thin lines like the ones used hear Mizushiro-sensei gives her characters depth and a lot of expression. Those expressions are really important to an emotional story like this and seeing the looks on these characters almost tells the story as much as the dialogue does. Character designs are very nice and are a fun mix. Whether its long haired beautiful 11, dark maid Polaris, tall and mature looking Jangarian or average looking Mr. Money each one has their own look and style. Add to that a few supporting characters with genki or mature looks and you can really appreciate Mizushiro's skill.

Backgrounds can be pretty nice when they are there but quite often they are not present. The layout is really interesting. More often than not the panels are laid out really simply, almost to a routine, but the close-ups, the perspective and the SFX can really set a tone to the manga that makes things feel a bit uncomfortable. It doesn't take away from the manga but I felt it was so simple and subtle that it kept me on edge.

Text/SFX:
The translation was good and this time they put in some of the emoticons that were not present in the translation for the first volume. As the cast gets to initially meet each other over the net, emoticons and cyber-jargen was crucial to the story, therefore I was disappointed to see this ignored.

SFX are not translated. Yeah there are not many SFX this series, but come on we want the original SFX but we also want to know what they sound like.

Contents:
At the end of the first volume of X-Day things appeared to be progressing towards X-Day at a good rate. Everyone was on the same page and were motivated to destroy the school because of what it stood for and not the people in it.

Unfortunately for the four involved with this plan circumstances will arise which will make them wonder if it was just the school or maybe it was all in their minds. Their views of what is right and wrong is getting more skewed as tragedy and chaos starts to almost tear them apart.

At only chapters long the ending of X-day was not as climatic as one would have thought but as still pretty intense. With each character going through a lot of growth learning more about themselves and each other there was never really time for a let down. Even the quieter moments had a lot of reflection and emotion and they kept the pace of the manga high. So in a way each character had their own X-day even if it was not the one they planned together. And luckily for all of them things ended up for the better after X-day came.

Comments
Mizushiro-sensei really did something very special here. She presented a manga with a good story to tell, everyday characters going through a lot of everyday things with a fantastic yet possible goal. Those characters continued with their everyday lives until they were taken off track and arrived at the notion that they can get past their problems now that they are stronger and know that they are not alone. Nine chapters is long enough to present that and in between we also got a few new romances and some deep friendships as well

Short, simple but powerful and emotional X-Day is a wonderful short series that anyone can relate to. These are regular people having issues that are well known in our societies. They live regular lives but it's the combination of realism in this fiction that can make you think back to when you were in high school and those days you thought nothing is going your way.

With some nice art, good character designs, lots of character development and an interesting concept this is an easy read that would be best read one volume after the other. And with a fun one shot at the end of volume one you get a taste of Mizushiro's other works for your $9.95. Looking back this is still one of the better short titles in my collection. I thank TOKYOPOP for picking this up and I can only hope you all can enjoy this one as much as I did. This one goes up there with Life, Yuukan Club and KareKano as my favorite shojo titles of all time.

Highly recommended.

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