Fake and Fantastic Panic Manga


This influential shônen ai title brings out the latent homoseuality in the “cop buddy” movie formula. Randy “Ryo” Maclean, a part-Japanese NYPD rookie, is partnered up with Dee Laytner, a biseual detective who hits on him as they work together on various cases. Two cute street urchins, pickpocket Carol and the homophobic, roller-skating Bikky, fill the daughter and son roles of Randy and Dee’s informal family. Like most yaoi, Fake is anything but realistic (the occasional racial elements are particularly poorly handled), but the 1980s cop-show hijinks are pleasantly cheesy, down to the foul-tempered police chief yelling at the heroes. The best aspect of the series is that Sanami Matoh is fully aware of how ridiculous it all is, and goes for City Hunter–esque comedy and funny dialogue as well as guy-on-guy seiness (“I’ve seen with more shame than you, you horny ape! Oh, well … maybe just this once …”). The platonic first six volumes are rated 16+ for older teens; only the final volume delivers the long-awaited 18+-rated scenes. An untranslated sequel, Fake: Second Season, was begun in 2007.Review of attack on titan manga


A generic fantasy RPG parody with anthropomorphic “furry” characters; the main character is Nee the heroic mouse, but the ever-changing supporting cast includes Taigar the warrior cat, Kyau the cow girl, and Onui the dog priestess, as well as horses, lizards, tigers, and so on. Everyone is happy and plucky, with dialogue like “It’s my duty to help people! Because I’m the hero!” and lots of “woofs” and “meows” written in. The art is mediocre and looks washed-out, the dialogue is uninspired, and if they weren’t animals it’d have no distinguishing points. Additional material was printed in monthly comics format but never collected.

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