Sunday, December 30, 2012

Dipping my toes into the sea of manga: Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation vol. 1 by Yoshiyuki Nishi

Roji is an innocent, low-ranking clerk, Muhyo is a genius Executor. Only Muhyo can use magic law to exorcize and punish ghosts. The various stories have them encountering various ghosts, pretty much all horrible, although some are redeemed. Roji sometimes falls for the girls they help, but Muhyo is firm about not mixing with "commoners".

I would guess that the creepy and horrible ghosts probably have some basis in Japanese folklore, but you don't really need that to enjoy the stories. They're actually pretty funny, although there are scary and tragic moments too.

This is a story I'd really to read more of if it was text or a western-style graphic novel, but I still just don't like the manga style. Too many close-ups of talking heads and not enough background and settings keeps distracting and annoying me.

Borrowed from the library

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