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Dazzle Vol. #08 Manga Review

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Lots of serious stuff here, but a lot that's also funny and bright.

Creative Staff:
Writer/Artist: Minari Endoh
Translated by: Yukoh Fukami
Adapted by: Peter Ahlstrom

What They Say
After Rahzel’s father kicked her out of the house to test her magical abilities in the real world, she embarked on the adventure of a lifetime when she joined the formidable Alzeid and his search for the woman who killed his father. They finally make it to the town where Alzeid hopes to gather clues – but will he like the answers he finds? The truth behind the night Rahzel was abandoned in the woods as a child is finally revealed – and at long last Rahzel’s father shows his face!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
This is the book of big revelations, not the least of which is how Rahzel managed to maintain such a diverse wardrobe on the road!

Minari Endoh has hinted that the connection between Rahzel, Baroqueheat and Alzeid is not a casual one and in this volume she reveals much of what she only had suggested previously. Dazzle’s multithreaded plot, the elements of which seemed random and unconnected at first, develop cohesion here with disclosure of the characters’ pasts and hints about what they are to each other. But as much as Endoh tells, she lays the groundwork for more speculation. The revelations of this volume do not bring matters to a close; they seem to prepare for the story to be played out on a larger stage.

The road trip for Rahzel, Alzeid and Baroqueheat to search for the woman who killed Alzeid’s father becomes very much in earnest in this volume. The secrets that all three characters have been withholding from each other begin to be disclosed with the result that some suspicion and doubt creep into the relationship. The quick alternation between the serious and the humorous, with dialog to match – very characteristic of Dazzle, sometimes blunts the effect of the what should be more serious and reflective responses by the characters to these revelations. But the pace is so lively that the reader will give it scant thought. Lots of serious stuff here, but a lot that’s also funny and bright.

Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade:B+

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: TOKYOPOP
Release Date: April 30th, 2008
Price: $9.99

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