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Product Details

  • Series: Kujibiki Unbalance (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (July 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345506286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345506283
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,414,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Originally, Kujibiki Unbalance was an imaginary manga and anime series enjoyed by the characters of Genshiken, a popular series about otaku (geek) culture and its fans. Genshiken was written and drawn by Shimoku, who provides the story here for Koume. Because of its origin, Kujibiki Unbalance was meant to be stereotypical, so it comprises clichés. Kujibiki means lottery, and the setting is a high school where everything is decided by random draw. The lead is a regular guy, his best friend is a cute girl, and their antagonist is a mean genius with cat ears and a love of explosions. There's a ruling school elite to order them around, upskirt panty shots, a destructive giant robot, a little girl with superpowers, flashbacks to childhood friends, a harem gathered around the lead and, surprisingly, the occasional profanity. The characters appear very young, yet there's plenty of emphasis on the body parts of the girls in very short skirts. For fans of the original Genshiken, there's a self-congratulatory three-page bonus at the end in which the characters read this volume. (July)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 10 Up—Kujibiki Unbalance, already an anime series, takes place in Rikkyoin High School, where all decisions are made by kujibiki, a lottery game. This full-length manga previously existed as a "comic-within-a-comic in the creator's "Genshiken" series (Del Rey). On the first day at his new school (selected by lottery, of course), Chihiro and his friend Tokino find themselves chosen as student council president and vice president, respectively, for the following school year. After dismantling a bomb and fighting a demon swordsman, Chihiro and his team realize that "winning" the kujibiki and serving as school leaders require far more than anticipated. The graphics are classically manga, with a definite slant toward the style in "Sailor Moon," and with the sci-fi and fantasy twists of Anthony Horowitz's Stormbreaker, Kujibiki goes beyond the visual and provides a new take on the current high school spy phenomenon. With frequent close-ups of breasts, glances up skirts, and odd sexual relationships, this book is a better fit for public libraries and high school libraries with flexible collection-development policies.—Sarah Krygier, Solano County Library, Fairfield, CA
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. S. Michael VINE VOICE on July 24, 2008
When I first saw Kujibiki Unbalance it was playing in the background of Genshiken as a spoof anime within an anime. It was very shallow, but strangely entertaining as it lampooned the various archetypes and tropes of the medium. Then, about halfway through the manga, the spoof hit another idea that occurs rather frequently in the culture... the second season that's an alternate universe. Same characters, mostly, and pretty much the same basic setup in terms of story, but it's a world reset (for examples, look to the plethora of Tenchi anime).

And that's what we have here.

KujiUn, the manga, starts us off at the second season reset with completely new character designs and party makeup. Instead of playing second fiddle to Tokino's clueless president, Chihiro is now picked for the top role himself, returning the tradition of the main character in the most important position. Tokino is still here, of course, but instead of the vapid, mushroom hungry flake of the first season, she is now a genki childhood friend type who may or may not be head over heels for Chihiro. Komaki and Izumi were both dropped from the roster and replaced by Renko who has been put into tsundere-loli-moe overdrive (super-science/cute cat ears and all) and Izumi's younger sister, Koyuki, to capitalize on her vulnerable-loli moe'ness.

Yes, I'm bandying about very specialized terms here that the uninitiated won't know off-hand (though they've probably heard them, at the very least SOMEwhere, in a discussion about anime).... Moe, loli, tsundere, etc., are all very important in the anime lexicon, which is why they're overdone to the extreme here... both for cuteness and for the irony.

In any case...

KujiUn's premise is the lottery...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zombie phreak on October 6, 2012
So my introduction to Kujibiki Unbalance is from Genshiken as it was playing in the background in both seasons. It was an interesting little show and I'll admit it looked a little silly but when I saw this as an actual manga I had to pick it up.

***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS***

So everything at this school is decided by a lottery. I mean, EVERYTHING!!! The first drawing is to decide who is going to be the student council for next year. This is just a bad idea. I mean I know here in the United States of America our political system is a complete joke. But at LEAST we have people who are half-way intelligent who at least have some idea what they're doing running for political office and then elected by the people. I mean we have people who know how to do the job, they present their skills to the American people and then we elect one of them for the position.

I know it's not perfect but it's a lot better than putting everyone's name in a hat and drawing one out and saying, "Okay you're the new president." You might get someone who's completely clueless, heck you might get some guy who dropped outta high school and pumps gas for a living. Would you really want someone like that in office?

The storyline is pretty basic for a manga. You've got a bunch of school kids running around a school doing crazy things involving robots, super spies, advanced technology, psychic powers, ninjas, etc. If you look at it in those terms it's pretty silly, but it's actually a pretty good storyline.

The main thing I didn't like of this manga is that we have just a few too many shots up girls's skirts showing their panties.
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Let me get started by saying that I loved Genshiken from top to bottom. I fell in love with the story idea of Kuji-Un, as it was originally an in-story joke to the series. The whole point of Kuji-Un was for it to be the stereotypical anime series that otaku go nuts over, with love triangles, bizarre characters, aliens, magic, and pretty much any other anime stereotype. You could literally name a cliche & it would be in there somewhere. The whole point of it was that it was a parody of all anime cliches & it served it's purpose very well in Genshiken. Now it's a manga & anime of it's own, and unfortunately it doesn't shine quite as brightly on it's own.

The plot surrounds Chihiro & his childhood friend Tokino as they try to make their way in their new school. However this school has a peculiar way of choosing their student body government- they choose it by random drawing rather than by election. Chihiro soon finds himself as the president, and that it's not so easy to run this student gov't. In fact, if he or any of the others fail in even one task they'll be expelled! Meanwhile, the mysterious current president Ritsuko has ties to Chihiro from the past that keep resurfacing...

All in all, this *is* a cute manga, but it's still somewhat mediocre in comparison to others out in the genre. Fanservice is pretty high in this book & sometimes is a little annoying when it's in a scene it shouldn't be in. The characters are all pretty bland, so I wasn't really able to get into any of them or their problems. The biggest problem with this series in a nutshell is that it's a parody in-joke that tried to suddenly take itself seriously & put out a real series. It just isn't working. Fans of Genshiken will love this series, but most others will not be impressed. Good thing it's only 2 volumes.
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