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ES (Eternal Sabbath)

ES (Eternal Sabbath) by Fuyumi Soryo 4/5 stars (amazon)

I’ve read Soryo’s shojo title Mars and enjoyed it very much, so I was excited when I heard that Del Rey was going to translate her 8 volume seinen series ES. The manga opens with a young man waking up in a hotel room. He drops off his key at the desk and the clerk reminds him that he hasn’t paid his bill. The young man glances at the clerk, and the clerk thanks him. Next he goes shopping, using only a glance at the saleslady for currency. Ryousuke Akiba has the power to hack into people’s minds, rewriting their memories and perceptions. He uses his power to briefly assume other identities and sometimes finds himself meddling in the lives of strangers. In some ways he reminds me of a less malicious version of the Purple Man.
Mine Kujyou is a researcher who is so dedicated to her work, she has a hard time functioning outside of a lab. She’ll show up at an omiai (arranged marriage meeting) and scare off her potential partner by lecturing about brain physiology. Mine is perplexed by a recent case that she is consulting on – a young man with odd psychological problems. She witnesses a horrible event that is made more memorable by the fact that a strange young man passing by seems to be totally unaffected. As she tries to unravel both mysteries, she begins to learn more about Ryousuke Akiba’s past and the source of his special powers.
Soryo’s art was very pretty in Mars, but she seems to be exercising her abilites more in ES, showing the surreal landscapes of the minds Ryousuke manipulates. ES is a psychological thriller with a dash of the paranormal. I think it would appeal to people who also like Naoki Urasawa’s Monster.

Sugar Sugar Rune

Sugar Sugar Rune (amazon) by Moyoco Anno 3.5 stars

Sugar Sugar Rune is an ideal book to read close to Halloween, since it features candy, witches, and witches named after candy. Vanilla and Chocolat are best friends in the witch world, but they are sent to earth for a rite of passage – whoever collects the most human hearts will become the new Witch Queen. Vanilla and Chocolat have an adult caretaker in the human world – Robin is an idol singer who captures hearts with ease during his concerts. The girls live in a little cottage on top of a building, and start attending school. In the human world Vanilla’s retiring and sweet personality make her instantly popular. Chocolat was extremely popular in the witch world but she finds that humans don’t react to her glaring, threats to beat people up, and her love for frogs with the enthusiasm that she’s used to.

Anno’s art is more baroque in Sugar Sugar Rune than in Happy Mania – the panels are frequently decorated with elaborate borders and some of the word balloons appear as hearts. This is a cute book and another solid release from Del Rey. You can view the first few pages of the manga on the Del Rey Manga site. The series has also been adapted as an anime and videogame.