FUJII Mihona. GALS! Vol.1
looking for a story full of action, humour and honesty, look no farther than
GALS! In this new graphic novel
series, we follow the story of Kotobuki Ran, 16 years old and one of the
most famous Kogals in Shibuya. At the same time, Ran has to deal with a
usual teenage life; school, parents, boyfriends and rival Kogals. Her
parents are both in the police force (her dad's the chief detective) and her
brother just started his career as a cop, so there is a lot of pressure on
Ran to do her duty and join the force. But Ran doesn't want to have anything
to do with the police; she's just interested in having fun! With her two
best friends, Yamazaki Miyu and Hoshino Aya, Ran strolls the streets of
Shibuya, looking out for the latest deals and cute guys. From the very first
pages (where she's teaching some mixed-up guys a lesson) through to the very
end, Ran deals with each new problem with courage, spunk and Kogal sense!
I was amazed at the detail with which the characters' eyes are drawn; they convey emotion very clearly! I'm new to the manga format and style of drawing, but I was really impressed by how clearly each character's personality is laid out through their hair, face shape and style of clothes. You get to know them in no time at all.
readers who are new to graphic novels, GALS! would be a good place to
start. I'll admit it's a little confusing having to read backwards, (GALS!
is a Japanese novel, so it reads right to left) but after the first twenty
pages, you get used to it and it's smooth sailing from then on. I was really
impressed by the honesty with which FUJII portrays the life of average
teens. This graphic novel is rated T (for teens) and for a good reason.
FUJII attacks issues such as schoolgirl prostitution and gang violence
without hesitation. She also makes use of strong language (swear words) but
it fits in with the charactersí personalities and the story. I really
enjoyed reading GALS! and I'm sure that all other girls, ages 13 and
up will enjoy reading it, too!
This page was last updated on May 01, 2006 by the KIWW Webmaster.