Amazing obscure manga series
- While last in Book-Off, I found a bunch of oolllllddd series that
starred girls who kicked serious butt. And some Paros no Ken (which
is bleeding coming out of the wood work, these days) among other
Since most of you are children weaned on stolen free digisubs and
don't read Japanese, I guess I'll start with this - for a great list
of Shoujoai manga titles, get thee to the Yuri Bonbons page:
This is a list of shoujo manga (written by women for girls) *only*
and does not include yuri titles written by men, or doujinshi, but
it's a great place to start your collection.
So is Yuricon auctions, which will resume with a load of new shoujoai
titles next week... ;-)
But I digress. Here are my reviews of two titles I *finally* had a
chance to glance at while tuning out my parents in Florida. :-)
Yaji Kita Gakuen Dochuuki
This is the tale of two ridiculously cool girls, who work for some
old guy and solve problems that occur at various schools, like crime,
corruption, gang problems, other random unbelivable stuff. Rather
than reinvent the wheel, here's Kishiji bando's review at the Yuri
Bonbons site: http://www.mangabonbons.net/yuri/shitou_f.html
It's a wacky little series, and I'll probably buy it all as a lark.
Yaji is the dark-haired girl, all the boys fall for her - Kita is the
sour, bitter-looking (so you just *know* she's really gay) blonde
that all the girls go absolutely gaga for.
The one I was so pleased in finding (and absolutely *sure* it wasn't
on the Bonbons list...I was so wrong, once again Kishiji-san is three
steps ahead of me) was:
Hana no Asuka-gumi (Asuka of the Flower's Gang)
Since there's no review for this one, here it is. :-)
This series sent my eyebrows *so* far into my hairline, I needed a
rescue team to find them.
Kuraku Asuka is a sweet, normal, young girl, for about one half of
one page. Then, due to a bullying episode she experiences in school,
she has her hair cut off, beats the living daylights out of her
persecutors and wanders off into the depths of Tokyo's nightlife to
be a tough. And what a tough she is (insert random gutteral animal
noise here. LOL)
Asuka's first adventure starts when she meets a girl being hit
on/solicited in the Shinjiku ni-chome (the gay business area of
Tokyo.) Asuka tells the girl to say no, then kick the women who are
bothering her, which she then illustrates - to show the girl how it
is done. The rescuee says her name is Mika, that she's come to Tokyo
to find her older sister who left home 3 years ago.
Asuka, who's raison d'etre is obviously saving young women in
distress, helps Mika find her sister's club. Asuka asks the young man
who answers the door to ask Rika the hostess, Mika's sister, to come
out. The man grabs Asuka and drags her into the club. There are no
hostesses here, the young man explains. Only "hosts," you know, wink,
nudge. Only women who dress as hosts.
Oh, says Asuka, after noting loudly that the young man is a very
fetching young woman in drag.
Oh, so do you think that Rika wants to be found? She ran away three
years ago, but has recently married another cross-dressing young lady
and they are living together in Yokohama. Happily. So bag off. The
young "man" continues.
So...Asuka tells Mika the deal, that her sister is a lesbian and
would like to reamin hidden away, at which Mika has a conniption.
Asuka sets her straight (as it were,) reminding her that Rika is
still her sister, you know, and they part, Mika much chastened by
Asuka's tolerant coolness.
We next see Mika once again in Shinjuku, now a hostess, and the young
man from the bar (now why would Asuka be talking to her again, I
wonder?) comments that the Shinjuku nightlife has swallowed Mika up
too, as it does all of them. The curtain falls, and Erica's eyebrows
return from whence they departed.
And this was the first story in a three-story volume of a manga that
went about 10 volumes long. :-)
Asuka, 14-year old tough that she is, is cool as hell, and all the
girls want her. I can't blame them. You gotta love a girl in a long
coat, zoot-suit pants and chest bandages for a shirt. (Where on earth
did *that* look come from?!?)
A rival gang leader obssesses about Asuka, and wants to force her to
join their gang. Girls everywhere end up throwing themselves into her
arms to find a kind of cold comfort and kick-ass assistance and I
think this series is a scream.
I'll probably pick up some for the Yuricon auctions, when I get a