Spring (Miki Falls) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2008/3/1
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First of an exciting new graphic-novel quartet for teenagers by renowned comic book artist Mark Crilley. Miki is intrigued by handsome Hiro, a quiet and secretive boy who has just arrived at her rural school. But Hiro is even more mysterious than Miki realises: as she overcomes his reluctance and slowly gets him to open up, she is drawn into an amazing new world. Hiro is a 'deliverer', a real-life cupid who keeps love alive in the world. He works full-time to maintain the balance, gathering the dying flame of love from those on the verge of breaking up and transferring it carefully to new couples. His private nature is an essential part of his job -- he is not sentimental about love, viewing it merely as a commodity to be distributed. But as his feelings for Miki grow, both their lives are going to get complicated!
Mark Crilley is from Detroit. After college, he spent several years teaching English in the Far East, first in Taiwan then in Japan. While living in Japan he wrote his first comic: Akiko on the Planet Smoo. The Akiko comics quickly became a success and in 1998 Mark was named one of the '100 most creative people in entertainment' by Entertainment Weekly. This led to a deal with Random House for a graphic novel series aimed at younger readers. Miki Falls, which draws on Mark's experiences in Japan, is his first graphic novel for teenagers.
You know that the story is great when you're hooked in. I had read a bit before dinner and gone to watch TV. It wasn't long before I came back to this because I had to know what Miki's next move would be. 3/4 of the book later, my TV is still on pause and I'm tempted to order the next volume.
1. It's cliched and the introduction reminded me of Twilight: Girl changing her attitude towards life, mysterious guy shows up, she obsesses with him and sh*t his the fan, eventually things go south and blah-blah-blah.
2. He could have done it better: Crilley's art on YouTube is AMAZING most of the time. The level of detail is astonishing, the perspective magnificent, the anatomy mostly accurate and the line art very well controlled. However, the art in Miki Falls feels far too rushed and, sad to say, really far from an actual manga style. Though I did like the style a bit, it could have been a lot better.
3. Too much narrative: Crilley relied too much on narrative boxes to explain what's going on rather than showing it, which only made it feel even more rushed. However, this would be more acceptable if he weren't attempting to create manga, since in comics narration is key. Yet, in manga, narration is very limited and most of what happens is shown through the character's movements, actions, expressions, etc. and much of this is missing in Miki Falls.
Those were my main three issues with this, and giving this 3 stars was already biased by my liking for Mr. Crilley. However, I can't be blind about this, so yeah, that's what's up.
She finished all three books on Christmas morning! Then read them again. And again!
I've read 2 of the three we have and the story is sweet and interesting. It's a love story lite, with likable characters and a good but simple plot.
I'd recommend this for tweens and up.