Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Rose Hip Rose, vol. 1

By Tohru Fujisawa
Released in the US by TokyoPop

Slugline: Perverts and the Psychopaths of the World, Unite!

Shohei Aiba has a problem, in that he is bored with school and the life that school seems to be preparing for him. So he does some things that he is not exactly proud of just to alleviate his boredom, such as taking under the skirt shots of students on the subway and putting the pictures up on a website. This was working fine until a new student at the school named Kasumi catches him taking cellphone pics. Kasumi is more than a little bit odd, with gymnastic skills and an interest in men's magazines. Because of course Shohei does not make the connection between Kasumi and the mysterious new police officer Rose Hip. Not that in real life a person would really make that connection, but the connection was so obviously made for the reader that you have to wonder why Shohei doesn't make it himself. Actually, I liked it as an action piece, though at the end where any reasonable cop would have take the sniper headshot and taken down the antagonist of the piece, the fact that Kasumi or Rose Hip does not seems to be a bit of disconnect for me. I don't know how much of a connection that there will be made with the other Rose Hip series, since I have only reviewed the first volume of Rose Hip Zero (reviewed here) but there seems to be some. It is an okay action story, but if the characters continue to insist on pulling punches, so to speak, I can see this going downhill quickly.

Rose Hip Rose, vol. 1 is also available from Right Stuf, Intl., an online retailer specializing in anime and manga.


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