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Line Volume 1 [Paperback]

Yua Kotegawa
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Book Description

10 Oct 2006
When popular high school student Chiko finds a cell phone, the voice on the other end tells her where she can witness a suicide! The phone doesn't stop ringing, and soon Chiko and her classmate Bando will have to race against time to save these lost souls. Tokyo has never seemed so big as in this first thrilling adventure of Line Volume 1!

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: ADV Manga (10 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413902499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413902495
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.2 x 18.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,280,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 17 July 2007
I first found `Line' when I was looking for scanlations of yuri mangas on the internet. I found this one in a bittorrent and decided to get it and give it a go. I was not disappointed.

The main character is a large-breasted girl named Chiko, who finds an abandoned mobile phone at a train station. And this starts a tale of suicide and friendships that form, as well as some true-to-life lessons being learnt.

The shoujo-ai in this story is supplied through Chiko's classmates and their opinions on Bando, though it is obvious in the way that Bando constantly tries to protect Chiko that she likes her.

The way that Chiko acts around her friends and the things they do are actually quite shallow, such as Chiko's nails being a point of conversation early on and the fact that the guys pick on one of the other girls, calling her `lardo' and saying that she reeks all the time in a childish way. However, like the other reviewer said; "the shallowness of it all is actually part of the point".

Though it is a dark manga, it has a nice feel-good ending that I enjoyed very much. The artwork reminds me of Bleach and Excel saga, and Chiko herself reminds me of Orihime from Bleach in particular.

When I realised I could purchase the title, I did so straight away. For fans of the mysterious, and those who like shoujo-ai, this is a great manga. I finished it feeling happy and satisfied.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great single-volume story. 21 Oct 2006
I just read 'Line' by Yua Kotegawa. It's a single volume story published by ADV. It's a really good story with some interesting themes and good progression. The book is something I probably wouldn't have picked up were it not for the fact that I had already read a review of it elsewhere (and the cover art is really nice). The artwork is pretty cheesy and 'anime'-esque, and the main character is a japanese schoolgirl with large breasts. Despite this it picks up fairly quickly, and the shallowness of it all is actually part of the point. It probably isn't the best thing I've read, it certainly is good and does a nice job of demonstrating the progression of a character throughout the development of a story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasent Suprises 29 Nov 2007
A manga I kept seeing advertised in magazines, and I finally stumbled upon a copy in a local book shop. I didnt hesitate to buy it.
I wasn't particularly aware of what the story was or the genre, It turned out to be rather good.
It's got lovely, clean artwork, somewhat reminicent of a mature Tokyo Mew Mew(Mia Ikumi). The story was a nice thriller I think, well... not nice. But nicely done. Bit cliched in places, but nice. Reminded me a bit of "Remote" by Seimaru Amagi.

It's only 1 volume on its own. Like Rizelmine. So its not expensive to buy. If your looking for something a bit different, try it. It won't cost much and its worth it even if its just for the pretty art.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but lacking 9 July 2007
By J. Gebhard - Published on Amazon.com
The plot summary says it all - a girl picks up a cell left at the subway and them begins to receive calls telling her that people will die. Sounds creepy enough right?

Unfortunately the plot nevers reaches it potential. In fact the book could have used another volume or additional chapters to flesh out what was really happening. The ending is lack luster and somewhat confusing. I had to reread the book to really understand what happened.

That said, the book was still enjoyable. The plot is fast paced and does draw out a number of creepy lines and interactions. (If these had been played up more that would have made it perfect.) I also wish the plot would have explored both the main character and "sidekick" character further. The sidekick character especially seemed very interesting but was left untouched.

The artwork is clean but not memorable. It is rather mediocre. Still it is pretty to look at. The "horror" aspect of the work is not in the artwork at all. The worst you see are black shadows of people jumping off buildings and one guy lights himself on fire with only the fire visiable (no gory details if you're into that). I also found it annoying that all of the "saved" potential suicides looked very much alike. I'm not sure if this was intentional so that all of the "saved" and unsaved suicides are essentailly the same person since they all were going to do the same thing? I just prefer varitey in character design.

Overall, I would treat this like a summer movie. Interesting, fast paced, and over before the plot gets too involved.

P.S. Yes there are hints of yuri, but nothing really. The girls in Loveless (vol. 3 & 4) show more yuri than this.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I'm glad it was you that picked up the phone." 29 Oct 2006
By Scott Promish - Published on Amazon.com
Chiko is a mouthy, underachieving high school girl who finds a mobile phone left on a train station bench. Before she has a chance to turn it in, it rings and she answers. The voice on the other end of the line tells her that at a certain time and place, someone will die, and that she must get there in time to prevent it. The caller knows Chiko's name and claims to see the future. Dragging along a classmate who takes the situation oddly in stride, Chiko arrives too late. But before long, there is another call, and then another, and Chiko finds herself trapped in someone's twisted game.

LINE is an interesting exploration of human nature in the modern world but I found it a bit light considering its subject matter. It's never as dark as it pretends to be, nor does the drama ever reach the intensity I was hoping for. Its conclusions are somewhat vague and open-ended which is common in eastern storytelling, but I wished the two main characters had at least been more developed, as we learn very little about them. In the end, it seems to be about seeing one's life in a new perspective, and how people bond with each other under extreme or bizarre circumstances.

The artwork in LINE is rather nice but more or less typical. It appears to be complete in one volume, which makes it a good purchase for those who want to buy manga but are intimidated by the length of some of the series out there. While I wished this book had a little more depth and atmosphere, it is thought-provoking and enjoyable.
5.0 out of 5 stars "A single cell phone. That's all it took... to drop me into a deep, dark hole." 17 May 2012
By para - Published on Amazon.com
A high school girl named Chiko picks up a cell phone she assumes someone lost. Before she can drop it off with the police or try to return it she gets a call from someone who says they can see the future. In fifteen minutes, someone will die, and only Chiko can save them...

Line is a stand alone volume containing the complete story. Chiko and her classmate Bando get pulled into a tense race to save a stranger. And that's only the beginning. The story builds well and remains gripping throughout. Chiko and Bando seem two-dimensional when we meet them (albeit in different ways), but that's part of the point. These are normal students thrown into an extremely abnormal situation.

I've seen two major complaints out of other readers (that still like it): that it needed to be longer (which I would've been fine with but don't feel is necessary) and that it ends poorly. I disagree with that last - the setup has a ton of potential and certainly could've been used to build a different story, but I felt Line was well constructed and made sense both plotwise and in terms of the characters' actions, up through and including the ending. I bring up the differing opinion because it seems readers are split on this and figured it was worth mentioning.

The art is solid. It's not particularly elaborate but is well done none the less and works for the story. The author/artist also uses some unique framing, layouts and angles which give the manga a nice style and really accentuates certain moments.

A dark tale of danger, choices and strangers, Line is a well executed, compelling read.

Highly recommended.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Line" - A strange yet compelling read. 22 Mar 2007
By Kurt Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Having previously read Yua Kotegawa's Anne*Freaks, I was intrigued enough by both her talent and the ads for this single-volume story to pick it up. The interplay between the two main characters as they race to stop people from comiting suicide, as well as the desperation of the people caught up in the game, make it a thrilling page-turner from beginning to end. Another worthy story from one of suspense manga's rising stars.
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