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Nosatsu Junkie

The other day while Athena was out visiting teaching, I was going through our emails to figure out what the exact chronology was on all the manga series we've been assigned. It was kind of intense. There are a couple of things that I do not remember at all. I was like, "Oh yeah, I guess we did do a Tsuda anthology..." We may have to check if we have any LJ posts to enlighten us about those.

Anyway, we're still copying and pasting from our last multi-part series.

Nosatsu Junkie

As I mentioned in the Elemental Gelade entry, Nosatsu Junkie seemed like kind of a peace offering so that we wouldn't be too annoyed about doing Elemental Gelade. It's kind of ironic, too, because, as Athena puts it, if we had to decide which series is cuter, we might have to go with Elemental Gelade, because eventually it would just come down to art style. And how much the main guy doesn't beat up on the main girl. But Nosatsu Junkie does have more "aww!" moments.

We actually didn't research Nosatsu Junkie at all before taking it on, which is a little surprising. Maybe we just couldn't find anything so we decided to trust Hana to Yume. And Hana to Yume came through, as always! Nosatsu Junkie is hilarious and adorable, even if the art style is a little more stylized than Elemental Gelade. But we can't show it to people like Steve, because he'd take it far too seriously and be appalled and horrified. There's a lot of slapstick/cartoon humor, which is hilarious, but is most often the main guy being a demon to the main girl. Now I'm afraid I'm scaring people off. But it's really not that bad--you'll just have to check it out for yourselves. You know, if you happen to be somewhere that sells it.

I actually sort of get the feeling that Nosatsu Junkie is TokyoPop's consolation for not getting Host Club, because I kind of get the feeling the two were licensed around the same time. But considering the fact that like a million more English volumes of Host Club have been printed than Nosatsu Junkie, I could be way off on that. Still, Nosatsu Junkie isn't a bad consolation. It's one of our favorites!

We so wanted the main guy to be played by Akira Ishida, because we know he could have pulled it off, and very very well. But alas, in the CD drama he's played by Junko Minagawa. She kind of got on our nerves for a while because everytime there was a cute boy, he ended up being played by her and we're like, "Aw, man, a girl?" We're like Hikaru and Kaoru in that respect. But Ishida-san played the evil photographer, who's like the main guy only older (and, you know, the villain), and has the same birthday and bloodtype as Hakkai, so it was destiny. Actually, the guy who used to be our awesome home teacher is an evil photographer. But he's more the pranskter type than the evil mastermind type. And now I'm rambling.

How can I choose a favorite character in this series!? They're all so awesome! I even like the girls. Though of course I like the boys better. I'm biased like that. For good guys, I think Chihiro is the best. He started out being evil, but for some reason he's not anymore. I guess it just depends on who else is around. We were a little surprised when Ryoko Fukuyama (the artist) said he was the sensible one, but then it turned out he really is, and it was pretty weird. He looks really sexy with his hair tied back.

Of course Ikue gets a lot of credit, because he's a villain played by Ishida-san. But we liked him before that. He's obsessed with strawberries, which is just highly amusing for some reason. And he's at least as bad as Legato in that he's constantly munching on something.

One of the many highlights of Nosatsu Junkie is the Afro Festival at the end of each volume. Fukuyama-sensei will choose a scene and redo it with everyone in afros. Then there are testimonials like, "It cured my acne!" But the best extra is when she does "What if the three main guys were brothers?" Sadly, that doesn't start until volume 4, and volume 3 doesn't even come out until August.

On the translation difficulty scale, I'd give it an eight. The first volume was especially hard because it is super packed with text. That's the problem with Hana to Yume comics. It seems it takes Hakusensha authors some time before they stop cramming as much text as possible into every page. I wonder if that's because they don't know how long the series will be allowed to go on. Also, since the series is about modeling, there's a lot of lingo that we kept getting stuck on because we weren't used to it. That's why we decided we need to watch America's Next Top Model. I'm not sure if it really helped, though, because once we started watching it, they seemed more into character relationships than modeling. Alas.

Nosatsu Junkie is a bittersweet series for us. It was probably the first series we worked on that fell victim to the TokyoPop cutbacks back in...whenever they made cutbacks. One day we got an email from our boss that said basically, "You guys haven't started Nosatsu Junkie 8 yet, have you? Because don't." At the time there was still hope that it was just a brief hiatus until they reworked the schedule, but no such luck. We still have our copy of volume eight, but we haven't read it. When TokyoPop officially sank, we tried to get the rest of the series, but again no luck. What we need is for Fukuyama-sensei to become so popular that they reprint all her work. In the meantime, her recently finished Monochrome Kids is now in storage, and I think we've each read about half of it. It's really good, too, but we just got so distracted.

Anyway, Nosatsu Junkie is about a girl named Naka who gets into modeling kind of as revenge against a boy she liked who cruelly rejected her. She has the looks to pull it off...but whenever she gets nervous, the tension makes her look more than a little scary. The guy who rejected her was a huge fan of a model named Umi, who's like the cutest model in the industry. Naka happens across Umi's secret--that she's actually *gasp!* a boy!--and hilarity ensues. Or something.

The title means "charming junkie," sort of. The kanji for "nosatsu" literally mean "brain kill," and is kind of like "enchanting," like to the point of turning the charmee into a mindless zombie. The word was originally used to describe Umi--the model who was stupefyingly adorable.

Right about where we left off, two new characters--fashion designers--were introduced, and one of them was named Ichigo (strawberry), so we're curious to see how she gets along with the strawberry-loving Ikue...but obviously not curious enough to read volume eight. We were hoping we'd get to translate it, and then we had a million other things to do, and besides it wouldn't be as satisfying without the rest of the series, and anyway it's in storage now.

We did keep watching America's Next Top Model until we canceled our cable. We really liked all the photo shoots because most of them are like cosplay.

Today I'm thankful for having read the first half of Nosatsu Junkie, Page not yet discovering the cat door (I actually kind of want to let her outside, but we don't want her getting used to bringing in dead birds or anything), the Relief Society president treating us to ice cream yesterday, getting to eat Pringles last night, and getting to watch anime this week.
Tags: multi-part series 2, nosatsu junkie

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