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This Week at Manga Village ** 5/29/08

Come Visit Manga Village!

Well, it’s been a tough week at the Manga Village, but still, we persevere! First, Memorial Day greeted us with the site being hacked, but it’s all patched up now, with practically no damage. But then, yours truly went and caught a nasty flu bug. Trust me, don’t want this! So, things are a little late, but still up before the end of the week!

The week starts out with Enchanter Volume 1 from Digital Manga Publishing? Was I spellbound by it?  Check out the review to find out! Revisit the Museum of Terror Volume 2 from Dark Horse with Charles Tan. Dan Polley’s on vacation this week, and John Thomas had a bout with real life, but they’ll both be back next week. There’s also our weekly picks. It’s an eclectic selection as always.

Over at Good Comics for Kids, I’ve got the newest All Ages Comics list up. Sabrina Fritz has a review of many of the All Ages comics that were available on Free Comic Book Day. Come check out what she found, and the other reviews that are up!

Jenny's Journal: Dragon Drive Volume 4

Dragon Drive Volume 4
By Kenichi Sakura
Publisher: Viz Media

Genre: Fantasy
Rating: All Ages
Price: $7.99

Rating: ★★★★★

Storyline

The three heroes are in Yaudim, the most dangerous place in Rikyu, eating. Reiji is ready to go into the first round in the tournament when they meet Taiyo. He’s the Reigning Champion Sun Wols, and he’s waiting in the second round. After saving Maiko, they head back to their hotel. The next morning, a team of rookies have beaten Taiyo. Reiji gets extremely pumped.

Review

This one was awesome. I liked Taiyo and the way Reiji and Hikaru battled. Rokkaku was also funny, how he loved to drink and party. The flashbacks got me looking at them again and again.

What I liked about it

It was cute. Rokkakku’s flashback was so funny as his friend picked on him. Taiyo was pretty good as well.

What I didn’t like

Not even uno. (one, for those who can’t read Spanish.)

What you could do to make it better

Nada. (nothing)

Is this suitable for children?

There’s blood in it, but yes, yes it is.

Jenny's Journal: Dragon Drive Volume 3


Dragon Drive Vol 3

by Keiichi Sakura
Published by Viz Media
Genre: Fantasy, Gaming

Rating: All Ages

Grade: B

Storyline

After a battle against Rokkaku, he joins Reiji and friends to compete in the Dragonic Heaven. As time goes on, Reiji meets two small children, Lyn and Sue, abusing a small water dragon, along with Chibi. Reiji battles their dragons and defeats them. Time goes on, his team meets the same two children, engulfed in darkness. After Reiji recovers from anger, He tries to save the children AND go to the next round.

Review

A new character! Okay but seriously, a new “fun” character to the series! In Volume 3 of Dragon Drive, we see Reiji and a powerhouse of Chibi, fueled with anger. There’re some mysterious people creating a dark aura. The tournament looks like quite a challenge. And the rest will be revealed.

What I liked about it

Angered Chibi looked really awesome. Huge teeth stuck out of his mouth and there was some pretty huge muscles. I also liked the suspense the manga held. I think it was pretty cool.

What I didn’t like

Berserker Reiji and Chibi kind of freak me out, even if they look cool.

What you could do to make it better

Nothing.

Is this suitable for children?

Yes.

Kids Comic List ** 2/20/08

There’s a lot of comics for teens and adults, and there’s a lot of manga for teens and adults. But what about the kids to ‘tweens? There’s not a lot, but they are out there. Starting this week, I’m going to be listing these books, and spotlighting the ones I recommend.

ARCHIE COMICS
Archie #582, $2.25
Archie Double Digest #186, $3.69
Veronica #187, $2.25

BONGO
Simpsons Comics #139, $2.99

DC COMICS/CMX
Cartoon Network Action Pack #22, $2.25
MAD Kids #10, $4.99
MAD Magazine #487, $4.99
Palette Of 12 Secret Colors Vol 02, $9.99 **Spotlight**
Scooby Doo #129, $2.25

IMAGE COMICS
Lions Tigers & Bears TP Vol 02, $14.99 **Spotlight**

JACK LAKE PRODUCTIONS INC
Classic Illus Jr #505 Sleeping Beauty, $5.99
Classic Illus Jr #506 Three Little Pigs, $5.99
Classic Illus Jr #507 Jack & The Beanstalk, $5.99
Classic Illus Jr #510 Little Red Riding Hood, $5.99
Classics Illustrated Frankenstein, $9.99
Classics Illustrated Gullivers Travels, $9.99
Classics Illustrated Huckleberry Finn, $9.99
Classics Illustrated Tale Of Two Cities, $9.99

MARVEL COMICS
Marvel Adventures Avengers #21, $2.99
Marvel Adventures Two-In-One #8, $4.99

PAPERCUTZ
Classics Illustrated HC Vol 01 Great Expectations, $9.95
Hardy Boys GN Vol 12 Dude Ranch O Death, $7.95
Hardy Boys HC Vol 12 Dude Ranch O Death, $12.95

RANDOM HOUSE
Garfield Large & In Charge TP Vol 45, $12.00

I have two titles to spotlight this week.

CMXPalette of 12 Secret Colors Vol 2. It is rated for Everyone, and is about a girl named Cello. She wants to be a Palette, and magic user that can take color from something (usually a partner bird they received) and apply it to other things. Cello, unfortunately, isn’t very good at it. The series follows Cello as she tries to get through school with her friend, and the school’s doctor, who is always having to clean up after Cello’s mistakes. It’s a nice series for younger children. There’s some excitement and adventure, but no fighting or battles. The art compliments the stories by being simple but entertaining.

ImageLions, Tigers & Bears TP Vol 2. This is a collection of the 4 issue comic series from Image. It’s about a boy who was given a set of stuffed animals called the Night Pride; a tiger, black panther, white tiger and lion. These stuffed animals have a secret; they can come to life at night. They protect children from the Beasties, creatures the come out of closets and under beds to eat children. This second volume picks where the first left off. The future of the Stuffed Animal kingdom has been saved, but a new danger threatens Joey, Courtney, and the very existance of the Stuffed Animal Kingdom! I really enjoyed both volumes of this series. The art looks like animation cells and it just fantastic. It was that and the big cats that drew me to the series. Young reader will enjoy it too I think, with leads 8-9 years old, fighting against the age old fear of the “monster in the closet”.

Jenny's Journal: Dragon Drive Volume 2

Dragon Drive Volume 2

by Keiichi Sakura
Published by Viz Media
Genre: Fantasy, Gaming

Rating: All Ages

Grade B

Storyline

Reiji, recalling the events from last battle, wants to train so he does so in a secret training room that Agent L, the female associate that watches the battles and presents who is in the game, shows him. He trains there, determined not to give up. Soon he starts using class time for naps, and also starts avoiding Yuniko. Yuniko is starting to get worried when she sees Agent L and Reiji walking together down the halls. She gets jealous and follows with Hagiwara being dragged away by her. When they enter, a crazy dragon appears and attacks them. Reiji simply defeats the dragon, leaving his friends in amazement. Later, they’re having Summer Vacation when a mysterious girl comes and takes them from Dragon Drive to some place mysterious.

Review

Reiji and Chibi train and sync together so much, Reiji is able to control Chibi’s power. Then comes a surprise which twists the story up. It keeps the reader going, giving them motivation to read more. It’s happening to me right now. My brain is telling me “Read more Dragon Drive!”I simply CANNOT wait for more.

What I liked about it

I liked how Reiji could easily control Chibi’s power. He could take down a dragon in a few simple hits! Amazing, it was simply amazing.

What I didn’t like

Absolutely nothing. I cannot think of ONE THING that it does not have.

What you could do to make it better?

Look up one statement.

Is this suitable for children?

Yes. The most simple answer, yes.

Jenny's Journal: Dragon Drive Volume 1

Dragon Drive Volume 1

by Keniichi Sakura
Published by Viz Media
Genre: Fantasy, Game

Rating: All Ages

Grade: A

Storyline

This high-schooler, named Reiji, is a video game player. He’s late to his school most of the time and his friend, Yukino, scolds him for it. One day she shows him this awesome game called Dragon Drive, a virtual game where the player is chosen his dragon and will fight other dragons for points to level up their character. His dragon is a sleepy, lazy one. He eventually calls him “Chibi” in a sudden match with this guy named Hagiwara, who seems to love Yukino. When in a situation where he would lose, he links with Chibi and Chibi levels up, and knocking out the opponent. The girl saying who’s in suspects he’s “special” and something will come out from this.

Review

Dragon Drive is a funny manga. The character’s personalities and the drawings are nice. Chibi, the little dragon, is quite funny, not obeying Reiji’s commands. Even though he just wants to be cool, he can’t get his act together. But this is when the cool part happens; he and Chibi can synch together in tight situations. It’s a good manga, I can’t wait to read more.

What I liked about it

The cuteness factor. Chibi is.. well, chibi and the funny scenes with Reiji drooling over the point of being ‘cool’ make me laugh. It’s funny overall and it makes the reader want more. I also like the suspense of when it ends a chapter and the reader will want more. After amazing battles, Reiji wants more out of being cool with Chibi. No one believes him though, which makes it even more funny.

What I didn’t like

In general, nothing. But if I was to get picky, I’d say that Chibi leveled up too quickly, but that’s just me. Other than that, there’s basically nothing wrong about it, from my eyes anyways.

What could make it better?

Let the proccess of Chibi leveling up quickly… go a bit slower. Just a teensy bit. Even though the factor of Reiji losing 30 times levels it.. I still say make it go slower by a bit.

Is this suitable for children?

Yes, there is no mature content, no cussing, no references to sexual content. There isn’t any PG content as far as I can see, if there is, I don’t see it.