Thursday, November 01, 2007

Heaven!!, v 1

By Shizuru Seino
Published in the U.S. by Tokyopop

Slugline: The “god of good times” starts skin-riding the school’s “yankee” and turns him into a bishonen – while the yankee watches from the body of a stuffed monkey. Wackiness ensues!

The story is nominally supposed to be about Rinne, who can whack spirits with her magic paper fan, but she’s really only a prop. It’s Keiju and Uzaki’s story.

When Uzaki gets hit by a truck and dies, Keiju hops into his body and his godly aura makes an instant heartthrob out of the troublemaker. When Uzaki complains about Keiju “ruining his reputation” as a badass, he gets turned into a stuffed monkey. This does not stop the complaining, but it does make it more interesting. Spirits and bodies trade places a few times and everybody’s well on their way to confusion and comedy.

Amusingly, I find the “yankee” version of Uzaki cuter than the bishie version… probably because when I was in high school, guys did their hair that way. Yes, I’m old. Anyway, this book did get some laughs out of me even though the deck was stacked against it – the art is mostly rough and flat, and the dialog is nothing to write home about – so maybe I will look for volume 2

Heaven!!, v 1 is also available from Right Stuf, Intl., an online retailer specializing in anime and manga.

- Miranda

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