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SCHOOL HERO

Chihiro has been cursed with bad luck all his life. But all that changes when he wins a mysterious lottery that earns him a spot at the prestigious Rikkyoin High School, a strange place where everything is decided by chance–even who gets appointed to the student council. Although Chihiro has drawn the winning ticket, this is no ordinary honor. Each day the student-council members must risk their lives to save the school from various forces of evil. Chihiro’s luck is about to be put to the test yet again, and one wrong move could mean death!

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Originally, Kujibiki Unbalance was an imaginary manga and anime series enjoyed by the characters of Genshiken, a popular series about otaku (geek) culture and its fans. Genshiken was written and drawn by Shimoku, who provides the story here for Koume. Because of its origin, Kujibiki Unbalance was meant to be stereotypical, so it comprises clichés. "Kujibiki" means lottery, and the setting is a high school where everything is decided by random draw. The lead is a regular guy, his best friend is a cute girl, and their antagonist is a mean genius with cat ears and a love of explosions. There's a ruling school elite to order them around, upskirt panty shots, a destructive giant robot, a little girl with superpowers, flashbacks to childhood friends, a harem gathered around the lead and, surprisingly, the occasional profanity. The characters appear very young, yet there's plenty of emphasis on the body parts of the girls in very short skirts. For fans of the original Genshiken, there's a self-congratulatory three-page bonus at the end in which the characters read this volume. (July)

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Kujibiki Unbalance , already an anime series, takes place in Rikkyoin High School, where all decisions are made by kujibiki , a lottery game. This full-length manga previously existed as a "comic-within-a-comic in the creator's "Genshiken" series (Del Rey). On the first day at his new school (selected by lottery, of course), Chihiro and his friend Tokino find themselves chosen as student council president and vice president, respectively, for the following school year. After dismantling a bomb and fighting a demon swordsman, Chihiro and his team realize that "winning" the kujibiki and serving as school leaders require far more than anticipated. The graphics are classically manga, with a definite slant toward the style in "Sailor Moon," and with the sci-fi and fantasy twists of Anthony Horowitz's Stormbreaker , Kujibiki goes beyond the visual and provides a new take on the current high school spy phenomenon. With frequent close-ups of breasts, glances up skirts, and odd sexual relationships, this book is a better fit for public libraries and high school libraries with flexible collection-development policies.-Sarah Krygier, Solano County Library, Fairfield, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345506283
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/22/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    I love it!

    This was amazing! I read it and seeked out the second one immediately! It was kind of confusing and entirely pretty much random, but it's also got a pretty good plot! I recommend reading it! I'm really picky about my manga, but this one was entirely worth it^^!!

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Kujibiki Unbalance Vol. 1

    I recently read this book while at Barnes & Noble. It's soo kawaii ! - ¿ 'Kujibiki' means lottery, and when they say 'unbalance', well... things gets out of balance when you use a kujibiki to decide everything! I thought it was really cool how this manga is one of the Genshiken manga character's favorites. They actually made Kujibiki Unbalance in real life too. ^.^

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2008

    AHHH

    The book is gReat, at first a bit confuzzing but you get the hang later at the end... hehe read it tho!

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