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Tekkon Kinkreet / Black & White Paperback – September 25, 2007
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Taiyo Matsumoto is the cult favorite artist of Black & White and NO. 5, both published by VIZ Media. With line work that mirrors his story lines in a combination of smooth and rough styles his work makes for a truly unique look and feel in manga.
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The style is amazing, the writing is strong, the story is multidimensional.
One of these dimensions is the city - Treasure Town - which lives and breathes even if you remove main character from the book. All side characters have their purpose besides the main story. And protagonists themselves are just wonderfully well though. Black and White while being violent and cruel street rats are in fact very realistically portrayed and loveable children and in many ways remind me of my own childhood. Mister Matsumoto (author) mixes harsh reality with childish fantasies. The city is their playground. They call themselves Cats and they don't wag their tails for anybody, beating up anyone in their way, even yakuza members don't want to mess with them. But there's a new power that comes to town and tries it's best to change how everything in this city works.
The style of drawing in this book is an amazing mix of skillful art and childish vision of the world. Matsumoto disguises his extremely mature skill with sloppy childish lines and is being brilliant at it.
I say, everybody in the world must read this book at least two times.
I saw the movie first and then became curious over what had the original work looked like... so I decided to buy the manga!
If you've already seen the movie, you'll understand the dramatic undertones of the story.
The manga isn't as great as the movie in the area of suspense but it is nonetheless still a great place to turn to if you've missed anything in the movie. The manga clarifies the fuzzy parts of the movie that was either unclear or not as detailed as it should be.
The artwork in the manga is more detailed and dramatic than the movie. Same goes for the storyline. If you looked closely enough, you'll notice the subtle differences too. For example, Black/Kuro's scar over his eye is opposite to that in the movie. Same thing happened for White/Shiro's mole; it's on the other cheek than in the movie.
Every manga and anime lover should definitely read this!! Whether it's before or after watching the movie, you'll still find the same satisfaction either way.
The graphics rendered in black and white are a superb visual experience. A point of interest is that the figures are not your conventional manga style. The author has an unique - raw and very detailed - style.
The narrative is clear, easy to follow in the sense that reading flows very smoothly and the layout is not marred with panel dyslexia. The storyline is not as simple as it may seem as there are some very unexpected twists and turns. Rich and dense, violent at times, Black and White's story is one like no other. Think Ranxerox w/o the drugs, Tank Girl without the Sex, Tarantino, Twain...
Another review has accurately mentioned that this is not a bilingual edition. On occasion, some of the background lettering is Japanese, but all dialogues are in English.
Also recommended is the anime (with soundtrack by Plaid) which I saw after reading the book.