Book Review, Manga / Graphic Novels

CITY Volume 1 – Keiichi Arawi [Manga Review]

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CITY
Volume 1
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: March 27, 2018
Genre: YA, Manga
Pages: 175
Format Read: Protected PDF
Source: NetGalley
Buy: Amazon | IndieBound
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⭐⭐⭐
Reviewed by Megan

From the creator of nichijou, this surreal-slapstick series revolves around a penniless college student, Midori Nagumo, who lives in an ordinary city filled with not-quite-ordinary people. And as this reckless girl runs about, she sets the city in motion.

Midori is in a bit of a bind. She is in debt, and her landlady is trying to shake her down for unpaid rent. Her best friend refuses to loan her cash since she’s wised up to her tricks. Maybe some bullying would help. Or a bit of petty theft? Neither is sustainable. Maybe getting a job would settle things. But working means less time for fun adventures in the big city. 

I received a copy via NetGalley and the publisher. The
gifting of this book in no way influenced my review and all
opinions expressed within are entirely my own. 

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I feel like this book was the preview of a really awesome series. We were introduced first to Midori – this young girl with an extremely snarky and self-serving attitude. She’s avoiding her landlady – a crazy strong old lady – because she can’t pay her rent. Why? Because she gambled it all away! I was surprised when the synopsis referred to the girl she is constantly pestering for money as her “best friend”. Midori isn’t exactly the type of girl I would want as a best friend. One who can be described as keep your friends close, your enemies closer. As I said, self-serving.

Then there was a brief blip about a girl who thought crumbling an eraser was fun. Was this a flashback of Midori before she became a college student? If so, oh my gosh girl, what happened to you?!

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Image Source: Adobe Digital Editions NetGalley review copy

Though I consider our broccoli-photographing girl a bit crazy to consider Midori a friend, I enjoyed their encounters. And the hilarious thing is – as she’s laying on the floor taking a photo of broccoli, I thought oh my gosh, you’re a booknerd with food! Because how many times have I set books up on the floor and sat there with my phone, trying to get just the right picture?

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Image Source: Adobe Digital Editions NetGalley review copy

Really? Duck lips? I wasn’t sure if this girl was messing with Midori’s head because she kept asking her for money but then she cites a magazine that actually promotes this. Really?

Final verdict – I am eager to see how this series progresses. It’s definitely one that I will be buying in paperback format so that I can give it the attention it deserves. Midori is definitely one frustratingly intriguing character.

Happy #MangaMonday!
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