Maoh: Juvenile Remix, note by note

August 26th, 2009
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Pg. 1-3: “He who fights with monsters should be careful,
lest he thereby become a monster himself. And if thou
gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into
thee.” — quote that will probably play a big role in
this series sooner or later.
Pg. 6: Ando (11th grader): could use ESP as a kid.(At least, that’s what he claims. Just kidding? Yup, just kidding.
But he *believed* he could use it. (Would think things
and other people would complete his thoughts)
Ando fixates on “do not eat” packet??? Why? And then he
goes on a long monologue about evolution/growth of man
through breaking laws and taboos? Weeeeird … (And
others certainly feel the same way …)
Tries to blend in with others. “I haven’t made the wrong
choices. This is the best I can hope for.” Great –
another otherwise shy kid who’ll come into his own and
discover something about himself and his latent powers in
the progress.
And now … 10TH GRADER JUNYA ANDO~~!!! (He must be a key
character based on the big boxed-out intro.) Junya gets
call from Shiori? Guess she’s his girlfriend, Junya’s
brother of Ando.
Ooh, gang of bullies attack! Junya upset. Ando wants to
calm him down.
DRAMATIC 2-PAGE SPREAD! Group led by either a woman or a
bishonen. Can never tell these days.
… aaaaand it’s a bishie. Inukai. Who snaps cell phone
pic of guy with bat. Inukai is with Grasshopper,
“vigilante squad made up of dreamers.” Inukai is a man
who speaks in flowery phrases: “It is my dream to make
this city beautiful,” “As long as you believe in yourself
and tackle the issue head-on, you can even change the
world.”
Deal: Crack Inukai in head with bat, gang will leave.
Inukai agrees; crack. And Inukai answers his phone
without any ill effects. Apparently knows everything
about the gangster (Taro “Cat” Nakamura), too.
Inukai is very … *convincing*. Nakamura turns and
leaves.
(Inukai is leader of Grasshopper.)
Ando is the anti-confrontation person; don’t take risks.
Disagrees with Inukai’s stance to willingly get face
smashed in.
Later: train scene. guy gropes girl (panty fanservice!),
then accuses her of lying about it. Junya wants to help;
Ando, as usual, wants to resist. At first, anyway. But
desire to help girl (and strong sense of justice) wins
out.
He thinks of something for her to say … she says it.
And then a psychic flash makes her say a WHOLE buncha
things.
Later: Ando seeks out Inukai. Return of Nakamura! Return
of Inukai! Kick-a**ery! And Inukai spouts more flowery
prose.
… maaaaan, I hope this series gets better, andMost fast.

Many of the anime and manga I write about fall into two broad categories: series that I know about already and have fallen in love (or hate) with by the time I get around to writing up full reviews, and series that I know nothing about aside from the fact that they exist and someone thought highly enough of them to bring them over stateside for English translation. For the latter series, I often find myself jotting down comprehensive notes so that (a) I can keep track of who’s who (a difficult task sometimes when an artist draws characters that look similar to one another) and (b) I can add in suitably snarky or complimentary comments whenever the situation warrants.

Many of those comments ultimately never make it into the final drafts of my reviews. But as I was working on an upcoming profile of the English Shonen Sunday series posted online — specifically, while I was reading the first chapter of Maoh: Juvenile Remix today — I came to realize that my notes for this chapter in particular could end up being more interesting than the final review itself. So here’s a rare look at the thought process behind my reviews courtesy of my raw Maoh notes. Page numbers correspond to the version of Maoh posted online, for those of you who want to play along at home:

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Pg. 1-3: “He who fights with monsters should be careful, lest he thereby become a monster himself. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.” — quote that will probably play a big role in this series sooner or later.

Pg. 6: Ando (11th grader): could use ESP as a kid. (At least, that’s what he claims.) Just kidding? Yup, just kidding. But he *believed* he could use it. (Would think things and other people would complete his thoughts)

Pg. 12: Ando fixates on “do not eat” packet??? Why? And then he goes on a long monologue about evolution/growth of man through breaking laws and taboos? Weeeeird … (And others certainly feel the same way …)

Pg. 14: Tries to blend in with others. “I haven’t made the wrong choices. This is the best I can hope for.” Great – another otherwise shy kid who’ll come into his own and discover something about himself and his latent powers in the process.

Pg. 16: And now … 10TH GRADER JUNYA ANDO~~!!! (He must be a key character based on the big box-out intro.) Junya gets call from Shiori? Guess she’s his girlfriend, and Junya’s brother of Ando.

Pg. 18: Ooh, gang of bullies attack! Junya upset. Ando wants to calm him down.

Pg. 20-21: DRAMATIC 2-PAGE SPREAD! Group led by either a woman or a bishonen. Can never tell these days.

Pg. 22: … aaaaand it’s a bishie. Inukai. Who snaps cell phone pic of guy with bat. Inukai is with Grasshopper, “vigilante squad made up of dreamers.” Inukai is a man who speaks in flowery phrases: “It is my dream to make this city beautiful,” “As long as you believe in yourself and tackle the issue head-on, you can even change the world.” Aaaaauuuugggh … not another one of these enigmatic leader-types …

Pg. 26: Deal: Crack Inukai in head with bat, gang will leave. Inukai agrees; crack. And Inukai answers his phone without any ill effects. Apparently knows everything about the gangster (Taro “Cat” Nakamura), too.

Pg. 30: Inukai is very … *convincing*. Nakamura turns and leaves. (Inukai is leader of Grasshopper.)

Pg. 33: Ando is the anti-confrontation person; don’t take risks. Disagrees with Inukai’s stance to willingly get face smashed in.

Pg. 34: Later: train scene. Guy gropes girl (hello, panty fanservice!), then accuses her of lying about it. Junya wants to help; Ando, as usual, wants to resist. At first, anyway. But desire to help girl (and strong sense of justice) wins out.

Pg. 43-44: He thinks of something for her to say … she says it. And then a psychic flash makes her say a WHOLE buncha things.

Pg. 53: Later: Ando seeks out Inukai. Return of Nakamura! Return of Inukai! Kick-a**ery! And Inukai spouts more flowery prose.

… maaaaan, I hope this series gets better, and fast.

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A complete look at Shonen Sunday coming soon …

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