J-Pop Idol: Volume 1
Millenni+M & Toko Yahiro
TOKYOPOP, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto
usic is a big part of pop culture, but it is not easy to capture on the page. Despite this obstacle, many manga have attempted to do just that.
by Millenni+M and Toko Yahiro is one of the latest to hit stateside.
fter winning the 9th annual AiDA Asian Idol Auditon, friends Mika, Kay, and Naomi (the members of
), are psyched for stardom. Unfortunately, the record label only wants to sign Mika. Mika is torn between achieving her dream and losing her friend Kay. However, Ken, Mika's idol from the band
, agrees to be Mika's producer and
make her a star
if she will sign up on her own. Mika decides to go for it and starts falling in love with Ken. Soon, though, she learns Ken's secret, and is determined to make it big if it means helping the man she loves.
hile the storyline of
is at times hard to follow and seems similar to other music manga, it has a good message about friendship and becoming your own person. The story may get a little heavy at times, but Yashiro's artwork is fun throughout. It's drawn with typical shojo flair, the characters having eyes that literally sparkle as emotions practically leap off their faces.
, fans may see
as a new manga to embrace or as a knock-off of other manga. Readers will just have to
it to see what they think.
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