It was just your average Manga day when the fabric of space ripped, flinging Ryoko Kiyama into the real world, a strange place where fighting can actually lead to hospitalizations and action lines fall awkwardly on the ground. Ryoko's having trouble fitting in - there's that gorgeous androgynous hair and the awkward way that people can see his thought bubbles. But some things transcend time and space - like love and, apparently, comic panels.
While this story cannot claim to be completely original (and will certainly have its detractors for no other reason), it is still very imaginative and fun. I have never read Manga before, but I am somewhat familiar with comic books and anime. Doubtless, I missed a few of the finer points of this graphic novel, but I found that just a basic familiarity with the genres is enough to not only understand, but also thoroughly enjoy, this book. I also enjoyed wondering about the implications - what is reality; and what is reality within the book?
Excellent though it is, MANGAMAN is not without its issues (I won't say "flaws" because in this case, it is clearly in the eye of the beholder). Some of the artwork seemed overdrawn. To someone not used to the Manga style, Ryoko is distractingly effeminate in his look (if not his actions).Finally, I found the beginning and ending a tad abrupt.
Overall, though, I enjoyed this fast-paced, clever, and amusing book. If the plot sounds like it would intrigue you, get Mangaman. You won't regret it.