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The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication has established a Magic Section in the Statistics Bureau in order to monitor and assess the growing wizard population. Unfortunately, the two investigators assigned to monitor them are as hapless as their subjects. The first half of this one-shot was serialized in Newtype from November 2006 to May 2007.

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Overview

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication has established a Magic Section in the Statistics Bureau in order to monitor and assess the growing wizard population. Unfortunately, the two investigators assigned to monitor them are as hapless as their subjects. The first half of this one-shot was serialized in Newtype from November 2006 to May 2007.

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In this stand-alone fantasy comedy, all girls have disappeared, and the boys are becoming wizards. While this sounds like an intriguing counterpoint to Y: The Last Man, Suekane goes for a mundane manga starring two government functionaries. In a standard chapter, they're just trying to do their jobs when something explodes. There's yelling and panic, and the reader is dumped into the middle of the action without explanation. The younger agent complains about having to clean up the mess while the older one orders him around, over and over. The premise pales rapidly. Since there's widespread magic, things appear and disappear without reason. The clean art line is fine and precise, which makes the destruction all the more ridiculous when shown against a detailed house or city background. Of course, there's a section where a young wizard tries turning boys into girls-who are dressed like maids. That's typical of the lowest common denominator-style humor. Female roles are quite literal: a bunny girl, an evil witch. The second half becomes more dramatic, with an incestuous relationship responsible for the disappearance of the girls. The implication that without females in the world, males would be able to do amazing things is bizarre at best and unpleasant at worst. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal

In this stand-alone fantasy comedy, all girls have disappeared, and the boys are becoming wizards. While this sounds like an intriguing counterpoint to Y: The Last Man, Suekane goes for a mundane manga starring two government functionaries. In a standard chapter, they're just trying to do their jobs when something explodes. There's yelling and panic, and the reader is dumped into the middle of the action without explanation. The younger agent complains about having to clean up the mess while the older one orders him around, over and over. The premise pales rapidly. Since there's widespread magic, things appear and disappear without reason. The clean art line is fine and precise, which makes the destruction all the more ridiculous when shown against a detailed house or city background. Of course, there's a section where a young wizard tries turning boys into girls-who are dressed like maids. That's typical of the lowest common denominator-style humor. Female roles are quite literal: a bunny girl, an evil witch. The second half becomes more dramatic, with an incestuous relationship responsible for the disappearance of the girls. The implication that without females in the world, males would be able to do amazing things is bizarre at best and unpleasant at worst. (Oct.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413903638
  • Publisher: A. D. Vision, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/26/2007
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Interestingly Intriguing

    "Once Upon a Glashma" is a very entertaining read and I'm glad that I bought it. However, if your sense of humor doesn't include some perversion (*wink wink*), then a few of the installments (chapters) may slightly annoy you.
    One of the many things that I enjoy about this manga is that when you think something sexual is about to happen, something to laugh at occurs instead. To say it in the least amount of words, the book is not inappropriate.
    I would not recommend this manga for younger teenagers, though--due to a bit of incest (but incest like siblings being married in upper-class families from long ago in history) and hidden perversion.
    I would also like to add that "Once Upon a Glashma" has no homosexual content, despite the fact that the existence of girls/women is null.

    Also, the manga's cover that has pink Japanese words is not the one that I received in the mail; my "Once Upon a Glashma" is in English, so the pink words are in--can you guess?--English. The actual cover art is the same, though.

    I hope that my review has helped you make your decision of whether or not to buy "Once Upon a Glashma"~!

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