Thursday, August 19, 2010
The second volume of my favorite running manga series, Kaishaku's Zettai Shoujo Seiiki Amnesian.
Shimura Takako, eat your heart out. This is excellent yuri, a series that I would be proud to display on my bookshelf and recommend to any newcomer to the yuri genre who wants to know what the fuss is all about, or a teenager questioning her sexual identity.
Amnesian volume 2 continues Kaishaku's masterfully crafted narrative about an ordinary, pure-hearted yet frequently abused high school student who works as a nun, the large-breasted magical fighter who attempts to protect her and feel her up on a regular basis, and the cohort of villains and allies who free the protagonists from the binding restrictions of clothing.
Every page is like a painting, brimming with visual significance. Take special note of the cover, which uses Himeko's shredded nun habit and her struggle against the chains binding her as a critique of the patriarchy that persists against women today. On the interior pages, Chikane is clearly re-claiming her agency and subverting chauvinistic societal standards by swinging a sword around (Freudian imagery, I suppose?) even as her skin-tight clothing fails to provide any adequate coverage or support. The bottom line is that any self-respecting comics fan should get started reading this series a.s.a.p. You won't regret it.
I originally planned on reviewing this series in its entirety because of its Kannazuki no Miko connections, but this is the last volume I'm covering. Chew on that, Kaishaku.