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Review: Kanpai!

May 1, 2009 Review

A month or two ago, BookCloseouts was having a $0.99 TOKYOPOP sale. Browsing through, there were a bunch of old, random titles I cared little about… along with Planetes vol. 1 and both volumes of Kanpai! The former was more of an impulse, but the latter was something I’d kindasorta wanted to check out for a while, but never wanted to put down the money for since I was half-certain that it would suck. I guess it’s kind of sad that as much as I love Gravitation, I never had too much respect for Maki Murakami. Maybe it’s because of her doujinshi. Maybe it’s because of Gravitation EX. But yeah — even though I liked the one-shot off which Kanpai! is based, I wasn’t too inclined towards the title.

But come on, for ninety-nine cents? The whole order plus shipping cost less than a normally-priced TP manga. So here is a review.

I actually finished reading Kanpai! a few weeks ago but never got around to writing a review. I had to sit down and force myself to just do it tonight though since I’m bringing the two volumes with me to a departmental garage sale thing tomorrow — if I’m lucky, I might actually profit a little from them, hahaha. Maybe I’ll also be able to get rid of this copy of Catcher in the Rye.

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  1. Martin on May 1, 2009 2:48 pm

    You haven’t watched any of the Planetes anime, have you? I was just wondering how the manga and the TV adaptation compared since my early impressions suggest the anime is, well, awesome on every level actually. I’m tempted by the manga but I’m not sure how the two differ in the approach to the storytelling. It’s a wonderfully refreshing take on a well-trodden theme, in the anime at least.

  2. Kiriska on May 1, 2009 3:42 pm

    I have seen all of the Planetes anime and my review of it is here. The manga is pretty spot on with several of the episodes, though they’re in a different order. The thing that struck me the most is that Ai Tanabe is completely absent in the first volume of the manga and Hachimaki is undoubtedly the star of the series. I’m really interested in picking up the rest of the manga just to see how Tanabe works her way in.