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I am an alien. I have a question 01(Graphic Novel) [Kindle Edition]

yoshitoshi ABe , Jonathan Nawrocki
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is yoshitoshi ABe's Graphic Novel.

41pages(English version+Original version).

This story that a strange alien girl contact to Earthlings.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2157 KB
  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Publisher: yoshitoshi ABe; ver2.0 edition (March 6, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003B66J50
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chapter 1? March 26, 2010
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This appears to be the first chapter of a longer manga, apparently originally a doujinshi (self-published). The 14 year old protagonist, Masaharu, is peacefully minding his own business when a very strange young woman bursts in on him, explains that she is an alien, and starts asking weird questions and making very out-of-date pop-culture references; at first it seems like she may just be nuts but it soon develops that, yes, she really is an alien (and has a taste for ants). Masaharu's sister cheerfully lets alien-girl stay with them, so long as she does all the housework. End of installment.

Artwise, this has the looser and scrawlier style that many artists use for doujinshi, which are usually less polished than their professionally published works. The big problem, however, is the English lettering; the translation is readable, although sometimes clunky, but the font choices and placement of the wording looks embarrassingly amateurish. The text is mostly right-justified, words break exactly where they fit the balloon and not according to syllables; basically it looks like it was done in Microsoft Word by someone with no experience and no familiarity with English-language manga lettering.

The story looks like it may go somewhere engagingly silly, so if the lettering won't drive you nuts it's worth a dollar, and maybe the production values will improve as it goes along. The original Japanese pages are included at the end, which those learning Japanese may find a valuable bonus.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is a Kindle version of a short, self-published "doujinshi" by Yoshitoshi ABe, the character-designer for "Serial Experiments Lain", writer/director of "Haibane Renmei", and creator of "NieA_7". As the earlier reviewer says, it reads like chapter one -- the opening of a longer story, unfortunately, I don't think ABe produced more of this work (he did a few volumes about "Pochiyama's Pharmacy", and seems to have moved on to other story ideas).

The translation is workmanlike, with no obvious klinkers. The art is typical of the sketchier style ABe uses for his doujinshi and manga. But, if you're an ABe fan, you'll probably want to pick this up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could be better August 11, 2011
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This one dollar graphic tale is nicely drawn. The basic plot is clever, but it could have been better and more cleverly developed. Part of the tale is close to being silly. It involves a 14 year old Japanese boy with an extremely high IQ who is visited by a beautiful woman who says she is an alien. The alien has been studying Japanese culture and has some questions. Here was a chance to ask more perceptive and even funny questions, perhaps even mocking earthly culture, an overlooked opportunity. The alien likes to eat ant. The boy's sister comes home and allows the alien to remain if she does the housework. These two facts could also have been developed further. The author could have shown other alien idiosyncrasies and the sister could have made some more funny demands. Nevertheless, the book is worth more than the dollar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is it worth $1? January 9, 2011
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As a gigantic fan of Yoshitoshi ABe I couldn't pass this up. Serial Experiments Lain, Haibane Renmei, and Niea_7 all rank among my favourite anime. I own several of his artbooks and they're among my most prised possessions. That said, this was a bit of a disappointment.

First off this doujinshi is quite short. The story just begins and feels like it's abruptly cut off at the end. The art is nice and is unmistakably ABe's work. However, when rendered on the small Kindle screen the caption balloons are tiny and the print is very hard to read in places. The typesetting seems very clumsy and random and different fonts are used in different places. All in all it comes off a lot more like a poorly done scanlation than any kind of professional done work.

So, is it worth $1? I would say yes. If you're a fan of ABe, definitely. Just don't go in expecting too much because, for a soft-copy, it's not worth much more than that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting little read February 2, 2011
By Amanda
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Some liner notes would greatly help. I've seen this comic fan-translated with such, and personally, this would make some of Alien's (out of date) understanding of Japanese humor more understandable. Other than that, the artwork is good, and the story, well, obviously hasn't been continued. But at the same time, it still manages to be a complete short story, though your mileage may vary on that. I give three stars due to the English adaptation and presentation on the Kindle.
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This review applies to the Kindle edition, which I tried unsuccessfully to read on my Android phone.

"Unsuccessfully," because the images are too small to read, and can't be magnified. It looks like there are in fact two pages on each screen, the images merely thumbnails.

If someone can tell me how to make this readable, I will review for content, but until then, I must recommend against purchase.
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2.0 out of 5 stars alien November 26, 2013
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it is way too short and kind of stupid. It should have been like ten cent instead of 0.99. It was goodish overall.
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1.0 out of 5 stars always read the negative reviews first August 6, 2013
By Sun
I broke my own rule and got burned. The description says this is 41 pages, but only the first 10 or so are in English. The rest is the same (very brief) chapter in what looks like 2 different styles of Japanese writing. Not enough of a storyline to pay a buck for even if you can read both languages.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I only got the free preview
I'm not sure how to review this because there was only an excerpt available, but from that little bit of manga, I'm pretty sure I would not have read the rest. Read more
Published on March 20, 2013 by Willow Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Always nice to see something from yoshitoshi ABe
First off, as others have said, this appears to be a doujinshi. It was about 20 pages (so, SHORT!), with a second version in the original Japanese after the English translation,... Read more
Published on March 4, 2013 by Techin' It
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and feisty.
This download has both the English and the Japanese scans of the first issue of I AM AN ALIEN. Recommended.
Published on February 21, 2013 by Angela M. Hatfield
4.0 out of 5 stars It's nice...
...but the story kind of lacks "the kick". I get the idea... "alien girl in alien world". But... it was not convincing. I don't know... Read more
Published on June 28, 2012 by Bitter
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but very short.
I liked the story, and wish there was more, but it is just too short to get attached to any of the characters. Read more
Published on April 24, 2012 by M. Filip
3.0 out of 5 stars Wtf did i just read
It was fun to read though, But to short to really understand what is going on.

I really hope this is not the whole thing. Read more
Published on April 18, 2012 by Logan Awesome
4.0 out of 5 stars reactions
This book was very interesting and funny. I love the reactions to each other and how the alien acts when she meets the boys sister. Read more
Published on March 3, 2012 by gamergirlexp
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