Sexy Voice and Robo MMF: Reverse Thieves

February 12, 2010

The Reverse Thieves, Hisui and Narutaki, provide a tag-team review of Sexy Voice and Robo:

“It has a amazingly unique visual style and storytelling approach that sets it apart from your stereotypical manga while still retaining the greatest strengths and powers of Japanese visual story telling as well. This is a good series for anyone looking to shake up their regular manga reading habits, anyone interested in indy comics no matter where they come from, and even for people who dislike anything manga related but still are interested in graphic story telling.”

Click here for a running list of entries to this edition of the Manga Moveable Feast.

Sexy Voice and Robo MMF: Michelle Smith

February 12, 2010

Michelle (Soliloquy in Blue) Smith adds her thoughts to the Sexy Voice and Robo Manga Moveable Feast:

“I really admire how Kuroda-sensei tells the story, because he doesn’t feed one the conclusions about Nico’s revelation on a spoon; all the clues are there, but one must make one’s own connections.”

Click here for a running list of entries to this edition of the Manga Moveable Feast.

License request day: Japan Tengu Party Illustrated

February 12, 2010

The focus of this week is Iou Kuroda’s Sexy Voice and Robo (Viz), and while I’ll happily suspend some of this blog’s regular features, the Manga Moveable Feast seems like a good opportunity to cast a spotlight on some of Kuroda’s unlicensed work. I’ve already made a plea for his eggplant-inspired Nasu, so the next logical choice is Japan Tengu Party Illustrated.

This four-volume series originally ran in Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine and was later collected in a three-volume set, as near as I can tell. Let me just tell you that this title has been pirated within an inch of its life. There are about three pages of copyright-violating search results. Way back in 2005, Jog named it as one of ten manga he’d like to see licensed. Here’s his description:

“This was Kuroda’s first-ever extended narrative work, the only one (I believe) to build to a finale, four volumes of aged martial-arts master bird spirits inhabiting human costumes and periodically jumping out to flap around. They’re often rude and/or lazy, even though they’re nominally around to punish vanity, and there’s a pair of mysterious girls hanging around them, one of whom might be an artificial twin of the other, except she looks and acts nothing like her. Rendered in a rough, thick, black-heavy style. A beauty!”

Some of you may already be familiar with tengu courtesy of Kanoko Sakurakoji’s Black Bird (Viz), but I’m not a fan of that title, so I’ll hold out hope for an English version of Kuroda’s take on this class of yôkai.

Sexy Voice and Robo MMF: Tangognat

February 12, 2010

Tangognat takes a second look at Sexy Voice and Robo for the Manga Moveable Feast:

“One of the things that I like about Nico is that her character is more complex than the typical precocious child you’d expect to see investigating human behavior. While she might be worldly enough to manipulate Robo in order to get help her whenever she wants, she still maintains an element of innocence and a childlike point of view.”

Click here for a running list of entries to this edition of the Manga Moveable Feast.


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