Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Soul Rescue, v. 1

Created by Aya Kanno
Published in the US by TokyoPop

Slugline: Another entry in my list of proof that Japanese creators don't
know the difference between angels, fairies and Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Sorry, it is my genetic Catholicism expressing itself, but the portrayal of
angels and God here is just so, well, generic. They could have called them spirits, aliens or even Muggles and it wouldn't make a difference. I'm sorry, there would have been one difference -- they wouldn't have had all that cool wing imagery. I'm no dogmatic, but I do ask that if a creator uses an archetype, they do some basic research. If I did a story featuring Kabbalists, I would have done as much research on Jewish beliefs as I could.

But it's not like the creator spent a lot of time coming up with the story. It is a basic "got to save X number of people/souls/hamsters" storyline. Main character begins with an almost immediate change of heart, no real resistance, even though he proclaims his so-called resistance every change he gets. There is one good plot twist, the failure-in-success bit, which usually shows up later in these type of series, but it is still fairly standard.

Art is okay, but occasionally hard to follow. Not very much to be excited
about either way. It's just an overwhelmingly average book, and not very well executed.

- Ferdinand


Anonymous said...

It's a great and funny book, the protrayal of "God" and his "Angels" arnt too realistic so much as to be any religons such as christianality and such. The storyline is generic but funny, it doesnt really matter that there are many stories with the whole "1000" souls and such. It just depends on how u protray and write the story. I would give this book 5 out of five *****'s

Anonymous said...

too realistic so much as to be HURTING*** (srri)