Quick comic comments: Wild Adapter vol. 3

Are Kazuya Minekura’s Saiyuki and Saiyuki Reload as insanely entertaining as Wild Adapter (Tokyopop)? If they are, I have a daunting amount of catching up to do. (Dear Tokyopop: All I want for Christmas is an inexpensive Saiyuki omnibus series.)

The third volume of Wild Adapter offers everything I loved about the first two: improbably sexy characters posing through mostly outlandish scenarios, all of which manage to be unexpectedly involving beyond their considerable surface sheen. From time to time, it’s also hysterically, intentionally funny.

There’s a bit in the third volume that I don’t want to spoil, but it made me laugh out loud. It combines everything that I love about the book: deft plotting, high style, and Minekura’s standing as one of manga’s premiere teases.

3 Responses to Quick comic comments: Wild Adapter vol. 3

  1. huff says:

    “Are Kazuya Minekura’s Saiyuki and Saiyuki Reload as insanely entertaining as Wild Adapter (Tokyopop)?”

    I thought Saiyuki kind of sucked. If your going to adapt one of the greatest epics in literary history you should construct a pretty absorbing world and story IMO, not just have bishonen brooding about their tragic pasts with vaguely homo-erotic overtones. The author literally just took a generic ancient China and threw in some random modern features like guns and a dragon that transforms into a jeep. I guess the main appeal is the drama and the pretty boys, but the whole thing felt poorly-executed for me.

    But I also wasn’t particularly impressed with the first volume of Wild Adapter, so you might end up loving it.

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  3. Lilliandp says:

    I’m extremely fond of Saiyuki, but I do find it frustrating at times. It’s clearly not as mature or thoughtful a work as Wild Adapter, but it’s got some gorgeous art, Lianne does a great adaptation (and the Nibley twins give her a great translation to work with) and it’s got plenty of fantastic character moments, even though it’s 17 volumes and counting, and shows no sign of any real resolution.

    Be warned, though: Things don’t start getting really good until vol. 3 & 4. I had 1 & 2 in Japanese for *years* before I finally read 3 and got hooked. Saiyuki is at its strongest when she’s doing flashbacks to everyone’s angsty past and how they ended up where they were when the story started, so 3 & 4 of the first series, and then 3 & 4 of Reload are series highlights (although the 7-9 arc of the first series is pretty great as well, and Reload 7 set many a fangirl a-squeal).

    Good call on the bind-ups… Especially given my complaint about the slow start. 🙂

    Isn’t that scene in WA 3 classic, though? 😀 Oh, boy.

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