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Time Paradox Ghost Writer #3 Review

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Every shonen manga needs a great rival and Itsuki has placed herself as a spectacular rival.

Creative Staff:
Story: Kenji Ichima
Art: Tsunehiro Date
Translation: Stephen Paul
Lettering: Snir Aharon

 What They Say:
On a cold and stormy night, I decided to give up on my dream. But lightning strikes! And now I have an issue of Shonen Jump from the future! Teppei Sasaki is a passionate rookie manga artist who dreams of getting a series in Weekly Shonen Jump. One day, he gets a copy of Jump from ten years in the future. Is it all a coincidence, or is it fate? Whatever the case, destiny is about to change…. Time Warps! Destinies intersected! For a tomorrow that was never meant to be. 

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Teppei comes face to face with Itsuki and she brings a world of pain to Teppei’s journey. She shows Teppei her manuscript of White Knight. Teppei starts getting nervous and starts to cry. One aspect that bothers me in the first two pages is that Teppei is drawn without eyes. This was a chance to show Teppei in his regretful state. It takes away from portraying the emotion he should be showing to the audience. In contrast, Itsuki is drawn with piercing eyes that shake Teppei’s soul. Her state of mind is clearly being shown.

Itsuki takes out a G-Pen and Teppei begins to define what a G-Pen is and how it used to write manga. But Teppei immediately imagines the worst situation and sees it as a murder weapon. Teppei thinks that she is out for blood and starts to run away. He trips away and Itsuki jumps on top and almost stabs his eye out. But again, Teppei’s face isn’t drawn to convey a man facing death. There should be an overflow of emotion on the face as these scenes are happening. 

As Teppei is about to get killed, he attempts to reveal the truth of how he acquired the idea of White Knight. Itsuki refuses to believe his explanation and question him even further. The main question she asks him is “Is there anything that you only can draw?” This question has been a recurring theme. It presents a great challenge that Teppei has to overcome. Teppei has a flashback to several moments that lead him to become a mangaka. An aspect that makes Teppei likable is that he fully embodies the aspect of being the everyday man. He isn’t meant to be someone great. He is empty to the fullest extent of the definition. But even so, he still wants to try even harder despite his mediocracy. 

Itsuki reveals that it wasn’t her goal to want to kill him with the G-Pen. She only did it so that Teppei could acknowledge her as a mangaka.  She reveals that she similar aspirations as Teppei. These two are two sides of the same coin. They both have a waterfall to climb with their manga writing styles. She declares herself to be Teppei’s rival and vows to create a manga better than White Knight. She makes an excellent character foil to Teppei.

I complained about how Teppei is drawn to be emotionless but there was one page that surprised me. On page 12, Teppei is forced to deal with his demons. He has to deal that he is a mediocre mangaka and that he cant create a beautiful manga. The emotion is drawn so astonishingly. He has to acknowledge that he is empty inside but desires to be something of beauty. As Teppei is facing his weakness, he looks up and sees Itsuki as a source of inspiration. That was the most beautiful image in this chapter. It was on page 14 in the last panel. 

In Summary:
My perception of Itsuki Anno’s personality changes from the beginning of the series to the end of this chapter. It was done wonderfully. She started off giving ice queen vibes but she reveals her softcore. She vows to become Tepper rival and create a manga that will surpass White Knight. Every shonen manga needs a great rival and Itsuki has placed herself as a spectacular rival. Teppei is slowly starting to become a more likable protagonist. He is a character that is very easy to identify with. There were some minor issues I had with the art at the beginning of the chapter. But as the chapter moved forward those issues went away. Some breathtaking scenes captivated the sentiment of several pages. 

Content Grade: A-
Art Grade: A
Text/Translation Grade: A

Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Shonen Jump
Release Date: May 31, 2020

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