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She's cute. She's a barrel of fun. She's irrepressible. And...a bit of a klutz. She's Haruo Hattori, and now she's leaving her little country farm town, her boyfriend, and her loony family for college in the big city. Before she leaves, she makes a pledge that she'll remain true to her boyfriend, despite all the temptations a big city can throw at her, and the temptations pile up like cordwood when the need for a few yen to rub together nets her a job at Club 9, a hot hostess bar. The charming country girl lights...
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Overview

She's cute. She's a barrel of fun. She's irrepressible. And...a bit of a klutz. She's Haruo Hattori, and now she's leaving her little country farm town, her boyfriend, and her loony family for college in the big city. Before she leaves, she makes a pledge that she'll remain true to her boyfriend, despite all the temptations a big city can throw at her, and the temptations pile up like cordwood when the need for a few yen to rub together nets her a job at Club 9, a hot hostess bar. The charming country girl lights a lot of fires in the hearts of the club patrons, and her short skirt is fanning the flames! How ya gonna keep `em down on the farm once they been to Club 9? Collecting the story-arc from issues #13-19 of the Super Manga Blast! ongoing series. Club 9 is raucous slice-of-life, fish-out-of-water comedy as only What's Michael? creator Makoto Kobayashi can craft.
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It's been a few months since Haruo "Hello" Hattori left her small farm town to go to college in the big city. To say she's experienced culture shock would be an understatement. Taking the bumpkin Haruo and placing her in the fast-paced city is akin to putting Paris Hilton on a farm. However, Haruo's making new friends, influencing people and becoming one of the most popular hostesses in the Ginza District's tempting Club 9. Her clients include movie stars, captains of industry, comic book artists, sports stars and everything in between; she doesn't put out, but that doesn't stop everyone from being charmed by the naive but bodacious young woman. In this volume, she's showered with expensive gifts on her 19th birthday, trying to stay chaste for her hometown boyfriend and dealing with temptation and life in the fast lane. Club 9 is a laugh-out-loud series that doesn't require a lot of background knowledge. Although there are a few outrageous elements (e.g., haunted apartment buildings), it's not a fantasy tale. Kobayashi knows how to craft likable characters that readers will laugh, cry and cheer for. The facial expressions help explain most scenes, as do the variety of angles, page layouts and interesting perspectives. Club 9 is easy on the eyes and hard on the funny bone. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Adult/High School-Haruo Hatori continues her innocent adventures in the not-so-innocent world of hostessing at Club 9. Here, she learns how to get out of a taxi without having her often-lecherous clients follow her home. She keeps a Japanese baseball star from going on a bender after he blows a perfect game. (In fact, liquor takes a particularly bad rap in this volume.) But what will the future hold for her when the "penniless" man from the isobeyaki cart stops by Club 9? Throughout her latest escapades, the artwork captures Haruo's naivet by depicting her eyes as even more exaggeratedly wide than those of the typical manga girl. She also maintains her virginity, promised to the boy back home. A sweetly comedic tale.-Jamie Watson, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569719152
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 2/12/2003
  • Series: Club Nine Series , #1
  • Edition description: Not Appropriate For Children
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2003

    the only manga to make me laugh out loud!

    i read a good amount of manga, most of which is supposed to be like, funny, don't get me wrong, i love it, but this was the only title to ever make me laugh out loud. i would definatley recommend this to most people except those who can't stomach a little crude humor. this book is great i am raptly anticipating the next installment. so ... go read it! NOW!

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