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)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Gimmick!, Volume 6by Youzaburou Kanari, Kuroko Yabuguchi
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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
R to L (Japanese Style)
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.
Kohei manages to find Maria Theron, the chart-topping pop princess who hired Studio Gimmick to help weed out a rival spy in her tour staff, but now that someone has swiped Maria's prized necklace, Kohei also needs to track down her trinket before an international scandal blows sky high. Can Kohei sneak into Maria's concert and recover the necklace before her true identity is uncovered?
Meet the Author
Kanari has written many manga stories, including the mystery series Kindaichi Case Files and the school horror series Uroborosu no Wa. His previous series, Mystery Minzoku Gakusha Yakumoitsuki, is well known in Japan and was even made into a live action television drama.
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