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- Mangaka : Momose Wataru
- Writer : Comedy, Romance, Shoujo
- Style : Viz
- Printed : October 2022
Deconstructing a style in a self-referential method is tough. To actually satirize your personal content material, you must be punching exhausting on the tropes that outline it after which subverting the reader’s expectations to ship sudden twists.
Romantic Killer tries to poke enjoyable on the “common shoujo story”, however as an alternative delivers an amusing however finally shallow facsimile of a romantic comedy. Not all hope is misplaced, nonetheless, and there may be a number of readers who can discover a silver lining on this new launch.
Be part of us at present on Honey’s Anime as we evaluate Romantic Killer, Quantity 1!
Romantic Killer began out life as a full-color vertical webcomic, and even received the Shonen Bounce 2nd Vertical Scroll Manga Award. Studying a manga in full colour is a novel expertise, though readers of manhwa shall be dissatisfied by the artwork model—this feels very very like a “colored-in manga.” Certainly, we really feel like many of the manga might have been carried out in black-and-white, and it’s positively missing a few of the stunning visible results shoujo readers love.
Romantic Killer stars Anzu Hoshino, a first-year excessive schooler who prioritizes chocolate, gaming, and her beloved cat over discovering romance. This received’t do for the magical fairy Riri, who wants to avoid wasting the plummeting start fee of Japan so extra kids are born, thus providing their harmless energy to maintain the fairy trade rolling. With a number of tongue-in-cheek references to frequent shoujo tropes, Anzu finds her dad and mom relocated to America, all of her chocolate and video games gone, and left alone in her home for the subsequent three years…all because of her pesky fairy!
Decided to thwart the fairy and its want for her to fall in love, Anzu tries to keep away from the new man, Tsukasa Kazuki, who’s fallen into her life. Regardless of the fairy inflicting her all method of hassle—together with a storm that forces Kazuki to remain at her place in a single day—Anzu manages to maintain her emotions at bay.
It’s right here that the story derails. Organising the shoujo tropes and utilizing them as a punchline is enjoyable, however on the similar time, it’s so painfully apparent that Anzu will inevitably understand she has romantic emotions of her personal accord. The fairy is solely a plot machine and the whole lot else is window dressing.
In that regard, it looks like we’ve learn Romantic Killer earlier than, as a result of, in attempting to parody shoujo tropes, the collection has one way or the other replicated the precise trope of “woman slowly falling in love” anyway. Thus the setup feels compromised, and the potential payoff is weakened.
Romantic Killer does have a number of saving graces. Particularly, it’s comfortable to reference widespread media franchises and even different manga, and the full-color paintings does provide a uniqueness not seen in different shoujo manga. Anzu has an important persona, and her love for cats and chocolate is each quirky and endearing. Kazuki is commonplace shoujo fare—good-looking, widespread, and sullen however with coronary heart.
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1. Satirizing Shoujo Setups
If—like us—you learn a number of shounen and shoujo rom-coms, then there’s a sure attraction to seeing drained tropes identified and satirized. From “residing at house by your self” to “saving the woman exterior within the rain,” these tropes type a staple a part of the romance style, however they’re getting lengthy within the tooth.
Romantic Killer fortunately breaks the fourth wall to snort at these tropes, which makes for a refreshing tackle the usual method.
1. Satire Must be Humorous
The entire level of satirizing your personal style is putting a stability between comedy and irony. Sadly, Romantic Killer doesn’t hit almost exhausting sufficient to actually make you snort because it dismantles the shoujo romance tropes. Because it stands, Romantic Killer must go more durable to determine the irony in Anzu falling in love whereas attempting desperately to thwart the fairy disrupting her life.
2. Full-Shade Worth Hike
As we talked about earlier, Romantic Killer began out life as a webcomic, which suggests this manga adaptation is in full colour. Sadly, that makes its advised retail value US$7 increased than comparative titles within the Shojo Beat vary. Presumably, that is as a result of higher-quality inventory paper used for colour pages—a pricing problem frequent for readers of physical-edition manhwa.
Sadly, the coloured paintings actually isn’t doing something to make Romantic Killer stand out. It will look equally good in black-and-white, even perhaps higher, and can be priced according to different shoujo rom-coms.
A powerful central concept finds itself on shaky legs in Romantic Killer. Taking a satirical tone with the shoujo rom-com tropes of different collection on the shelf, Romantic Killer stops simply wanting sticking the touchdown. Regardless of having a full-color presentation, the paintings is exceptionally common, neither capturing the magical appeal of a shoujo, nor hitting the absurdist artwork model of a comedy.
Are you going to take a look at Romantic Killer Vol 1? Tell us down within the feedback under, and as all the time, thanks for studying!
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