Those Who Hunt Elves

 TWHE   (ADV Manga, 2004)

™ and © 2004 Yu Yagami

While the ante for world’s strangest anime has been upped considerably since the release of Those Who Hunt Elves—as high concepts go, a story about a group of contemporary Japanese sent to another world having to strip elves to find the magic spell that’ll send them home is plenty “high.”

Unfortunately, the manga shares the same flaw of the source material; there’s not nearly enough elf stripping. (Or stripper elves, for that matter; ooh, Stripper Elves, there’s a comic book you could put right next to Poison Elves.) It’s just another cheap comedy full of unsympathetic characters so you don’t care if they get home or not. And it doesn’t help that the art’s done in the “barely drawn” school of manga in which the main figures are sketchy and backgrounds nonexistent—this could pass for cheap American mock manga instead of the real thing.

— S.A. Bennett

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