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 9by Youzaburou Kanari, Kuroko Yabuguchi (Illustrator)
R to L (Japanese Style). Final Volume! In a battle to preserve the very soul of special effects arts, Kohei must overcome his competition rival Kazuki's underhanded attempts to besmirch special effects. No blow is too low for Kazuki, and his cynical attacks bring down some of Studio Gimmick's best and brightestwhich causes Kohei himself to develop/b>
R to L (Japanese Style). Final Volume! In a battle to preserve the very soul of special effects arts, Kohei must overcome his competition rival Kazuki's underhanded attempts to besmirch special effects. No blow is too low for Kazuki, and his cynical attacks bring down some of Studio Gimmick's best and brightestwhich causes Kohei himself to develop physical symptoms that may prevent him from competing! Will Kohei's sincere love for his art and goodwill toward the audiences of the world be enough to overcome his rival's corrupt ways? Find out in this suspenseful final volume of the GIMMICK! series! 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 speical effects, Kohei has got the skills to make sure that the people you don't want recognizing you won't.
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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