Gimmick!, Volume 4

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Kohei Nagase is a genius when it comes to makeup and special effects. He uses his skills to expertly disguise people from the press, criminals, or anyone wanting to do them harm.

When they agreed to help protect endangered railway heiress Kasumi Kobayakawa from her scheming uncle, Kohei and his buddy Kannazuki never imagined that they'd be the ones in need of rescuing—least of all from the captain of a fishing boat. Will some of Kohei's impromptu FX magic help lure the real ...

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Overview

Kohei Nagase is a genius when it comes to makeup and special effects. He uses his skills to expertly disguise people from the press, criminals, or anyone wanting to do them harm.

When they agreed to help protect endangered railway heiress Kasumi Kobayakawa from her scheming uncle, Kohei and his buddy Kannazuki never imagined that they'd be the ones in need of rescuing—least of all from the captain of a fishing boat. Will some of Kohei's impromptu FX magic help lure the real villain out into the open? Later, a young, wannabe special effects artist is caught in the middle of a gun-smuggling scheme revolving around a prop weapon that's been modified to fire real bullets. Kohei takes the young boy under his wing and agrees to teach him a thing or two about how to use special effects to get out of tough situations.

Trouble with the wrong side of the law? Paparazzi won't leave you alone? Found yourself in a tight spot and you don't know where to go? Then it's time to get in touch with Kohei Nagase and his friends at Studio Gimmick. A prodigy in the realm of makeup and special effects, Kohei has got the skills to make sure that the people you don't want recognizing you won't.

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Kohei is a special effects genius who uses makeup skills to solve others' problems. He's a terrific, relatable character, especially for the teen male reader. He's cool, he's attractive, he's talented, he's supremely aware of his awesome abilities... but he also goes goo-goo around the actress he has a crush on. His first mission is to protect her from her creepy manager, in an ever-escalating series of double crosses. The makeup process is presented by the authors as intense, with all the importance of a major operation. Later, Kohei and his stuntman partner try to prevent a violent attack on a monster theme park by a vengeful former employee and cover up scars for nude scenes. The book is full of dramatic adventure punctuated with comedy exaggeration (and the occasional breast shot), but it's the high-stakes action that sticks with the reader. The art successfully conveys both the comedy and the life-changing risks. A series about visual trickery is perfect for comics, and this one's well-executed, with some thematic depth, information about effects work and shout-outs to the real-life greats. (June)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421517810
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 12/9/2008
  • Series: Gimmick! Series , #4
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 839,556
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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