Blank Slate, Volume 1

Blank Slate, Volume 1

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by Aya Kanno
     
 

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What does it take to find your true inner self? Zen's memory has been wiped, and he can't remember if he's a killer or a hero. And a lot of people will do anything they can to keep it that way.

Zen's unearthly charm attracts a veritable rogues' gallery. A bounty hunter becomes obsessed enough to become his new partner, while the daughter of General treats him

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What does it take to find your true inner self? Zen's memory has been wiped, and he can't remember if he's a killer or a hero. And a lot of people will do anything they can to keep it that way.

Zen's unearthly charm attracts a veritable rogues' gallery. A bounty hunter becomes obsessed enough to become his new partner, while the daughter of General treats him like some sort of guru. But when he meets a mysterious doctor who may know him from the past, Zen learns that the secret of his lost memory is definitely more sinister than saintly.

What does it take to find your true inner self? Zen's memory has been wiped, and he can't remember if he's a killer or a hero. And a lot of people will do anything they can to keep it that way.

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Publishers Weekly

Kanno, creator of the popular series Soul Rescue, brings fans a compelling story of identity and intrigue in Blank Slate. Zen is a world-class criminal who awakens with no memory of the past. But with his boundless charisma, Zen attracts many different characters as the story progresses. Bounty hunter Russo sets out to find Zen, knowing that this kill will be his biggest yet. But instead of controlling Zen as he had planned, Russo finds himself taken in by the mysterious man and soon becomes his unwilling partner. On one caper, Zen kidnaps a general's daughter, Rian, who becomes smitten with him and feels grateful for him destroying her sheltered world. The story is very lyrical and at the same time harsh, seeming to perfectly mirror the art. Kano's art is beautiful; her characters are androgynous and soft with a truly charming aura. Their actions, though, are harsh and cruel, their demeanor aloof. Blank Slate is unusual, a fresh and exhilarating take on the shojo formula. (Oct.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421519241
Publisher:
VIZ Media LLC
Publication date:
10/07/2008
Series:
Blank Slate Series, #1
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
274,886
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

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Blank Slate, Volume 1 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Kiori More than 1 year ago
This is a rare refreshing find amongst the often familiar plots and themes on the manga shelves. All the characters are edgy and enthralling in their moral ambiguity, while still being empathetic and attractive for their fearless adventurous personalities and lives. The overall theme is unusually deep and perhaps dark for some readers' tastes, but it was an engaging read and extremely refreshing compared to the endless fluff and flaky fantasy tales that occupy most of the shelves these days. Don't be fooled by the Shojo Beat label, this series is perfect for those who prefer shounen manga like BLEACH or Naruto, as well as Ghost in the Shell fans looking for intellectual stimulation. Blank Slate left me desperate for the next volume and with a renewed hope for the future of manga.
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