Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Calling You

by Otsuichi, art by Setsuri Tsuzuki
Published in the U.S. by Tokyopop

Slugline: Two stories, both intended to be tear-jerkers of the first water but also showing some cleverness.

Both of these stories, "Calling You" and "Kiz/Kids" follow tear-jerker templates but do have their better details. Those details stem from consistency of character (don't want to spoil anything, though) in the Shakespearian tragedy sense (that these character aspects mean there could be no other outcome,) so I approve.

There are mild fantasy elements -- psychic "cell phones" in the first and wound transferrence in the second -- but otherwise these stories are set in the here and now, focused on realistic people and problems. Angst, anguish and alienation are plentiful and described at length. But the dialogue is good, the plots are sound and the characters consistent, so I won't say too much and spoil anything in case you don't see the twists coming.

Calling You is also available from Right Stuf, Intl., an online retailer specializing in anime and manga.

- Miranda

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