B.B. Explosion

 BBEX   (Viz, 2004-2005)

ô and © 2004 Yasue Imai
Graphic novel; Reads right to left; b&w.

Although the unholy specter of American Idol is invoked in the back-cover copy, happily this is more along the lines of Fame, as readers follow personable lead Airi as she survives the pitfalls and pressures (from a dad that just doesnít understand to overly competitive classmates) of a year in a school for the performing arts.

Itís a fairly realistic look at the subject, except for the lone fantasy element: Ceasar, Airiís mascot and guardian angel in the form of a ceramic fu dog that appears alive only for those who have a future in showbiz. Being a girlís manga, itís not relentless hard work and practice that make her dreams come true so much as her feelings; itís only when Airi feels the pure joy of performing that she really excels. Solid in every respect, it especially benefits from a sharp translation from Trina Robbins. This one should do well with its intended audience of teen girls.

ó S.A. Bennett

Jump to issue:
  NotesWriterArtist

#1

  4/9/2004
  $10.00
  $10.00
No copies available
B&WYasue ImaiYasue Imai

#2

  6/1/2004
  $10.00
  $10.00
No copies available
B&WYasue ImaiYasue Imai

#3

  9/1/2004
  $10.00
  $10.00
No copies available
B&WYasue ImaiYasue Imai

#4

  12/1/2004
  $10.00
  $10.00
No copies available
B&WYasue ImaiYasue Imai

#5

  3/1/2005
  $10.00
  $10.00
No copies available
B&WYasue ImaiYasue Imai