Written by GLX
on Friday, October 30 2009 and posted in Reviews
GLX reviews Marmalade Boy vol. 1.
Writer/Artist - Wataru Yoshizumi
hearing about this manga a while back, but I never gave it a shot.
Recently, I saw it at my local library and I picked it up. What I ended
up reading was quite bizarre.
Marmalade Boy tells the tale of Miki. One day, her
parents decide to divorce, but things get odd from there. They're
divorcing each other because they met a nice couple, while on vacation.
Now, they're trading spouses and living together in the same house. If
that wasn't enough, Miki may have a thing for her new stepbrother named
Needless to say, this manga is off the wall. I
don't think I've ever read a piece of sequential art with such odd
relationships as in Marmalade Boy. Despite the quirky nature of the
work, the writing is slightly entertaining. The character is enjoyable,
though I would've liked to see the parents have a little more depth to
them. One thing that stuck out(outside of the bizarre relationships)
was the inclusion of side notes. Even though they provided some nice
tidbits of information, they felt a little off.
Yoshizumi's art is nice, for the most part. The
story is told clearly, though there could be some more style in
depicting day-to-day scenes. Not to say that there aren't any nice
artistic choices in some scenes, but Yoshizumi's style needs a little
umph to make the art pop.
Marmalade Boy is one weird work. It's weirdness has
a certain charm to it, but that doesn't mean that there isn't room for
improvement. The only thing that would get me to read volume 2 would be
to see how odd the story can get.
6* out of 10*
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About the Author - GLX
For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers covering comics, video games and comics - among other things. He currently resides in The South. Yes, that's capitalized, and, no, that doesn't mean it's a place full of sunshine and butterflies.
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