- File Size: 144890 KB
- Print Length: 193 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha Comics Digital-First! (June 19, 2018)
- Publication Date: June 19, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DR6WZ3V
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Shinya is a boy with great posture and who does athletics often. Visiting a new city, he is petting a cat when a pot almost falls on him. The pot is miraculously kicked away by another boy - Takumi. Takumi is impressed that Shinya would take a pot to the head in order to instinctively protect the cat and Shinya is impressed that Takumi could move so fast and annihilate the pot before it brained him. It turns out that Takumi is a karate champion and he finds an eager and promising student to mentor in Shinya. Enter a middle school Karate Club team and their quirky characters who add to Shinya's adventures.
So yes, the illustrations are about what we would expect from this type of manga - kind of generic much like the storyline. Perhaps the appeal here is more in the sport itself - a Japanese Karate Kid but less about bullying and more about how cool the discipline can be, especially for a physically oriented kid like Shinya.
There plenty of challenges and level ups as well as action in this first volume. Younger kids will likely devour it while those a bit older will likely want something a bit more original and nuanced. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.
Thank you NetGalley, Kodansha Comics (one of my favorite manga publishers), and Eiichi Kitano for he opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
I never expected to adore a karate book so much! Karate Heat features two boys: Shinya, a boy who knows nothing about karate, and Takumi, a boy who is a young karate national champion who has adored the sport since childhood. On a chance meeting, Takumi finds that Shinya might just have what it take to match up to his own special strength and stamina...one day. Together, the boys enter junior high and join a karate club where they strive to be the best. As long as Shinya has a set goal, he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to.
This is an excellent middle-grade novel that's not only about karate, but friendship and self-determination as well. The art is excellent and the story is very engaging and fast-paced. The characters are interesting and likable, and I want to root for Shinya as he begins to move from the basics of karate in his own unique way as the series moves forward. Recommended for middle-grade, sports lovers, and manga lovers of all ages!
Shinya is going in to middle school, and he's never been in to sports. He meets another boy named Takumi and they become friends. What Shinya doesn't know is that Takumi is a 6-time school national champion. Takumi is supposed to only be training himself, but he sees natural style in Shinya, and Shinya brings the fun of karate back to Takumi. They find themselves in a karate school and Shinya is determined to learn and become better.
I really liked this sports story with a nice friendship at it's heart. The art is fun. There are notes throughout to introduce concepts to western readers. This was a fun read, and I think young readers who like sports stories would enjoy this quite a bit.
I received a review copy of this manga from Kondansha Comics and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this manga.