Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Guardian Hearts, vol. 1

Created by Sae Amatsu
Published in the US by TokyoPop

Slugline: A harem comedy that doesn't even try to be funny or good for that matter

Kazuya has the devil's own luck. Alien guardians, miko's, magical girls etc., all accidentally reveal their extranormal natures within moments of meeting him and thus end up living in Kazuya's house with his really accommodating mother. Wait, that is not luck, but it is really annoying and slipshod story creation. Despite all of these women revealing their super secret natures to him within moments, somehow or another most of them manage to keep their various abilities secret from each other, to allow the maximum 'comedic' misunderstandings. All while doing the maximum fan service, or course. I try to restrain my natural incredulity at harem stories (not sure it is because the girls manage to mostly get along in them or the fact the guy never seems to abuse his position) but this one isn't even trying to be anything other than filler, it seems. Impossible things happen and the characters just nod along. Five female characters move into the house, one per chapter, with the first real chapter that actually has a story at the end of the volume. The characters are dumped on you so fast that collectively they mean nothing to the reader. The cat has more personality than most of the harem girls. So yeah, not wild about this, at all. At least the book delivers on its fan service, though that is about the only positive thing that can be said about it.

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


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