Yasuhiro Kano made his manga debut in 1992 with Black City, which won Weekly Shonen Jump's Hop Step Award for new artists. From 1993 to 2001, a novel series called MIDNIGHT MAGIC, written by Mugen and illustrated by Kano, was serialized in Japan's Jump Novel magazine. Kano also created a MIDNIGHT MAGIC manga based on the novel. Two collections of manga short stories by Kano have been released: BLACK CITY in 1996 and TOKYO ANTS in 2003. Kano's six-volume series PRETTY FACE appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump from 2002 to 2003, and his newest series, M X 0, began running in WSJ in 2006.
Pretty Face, Volume 6by Yasuhiro Kano
Rando Masashi, a self-centered, brash karate star, was the victim of a horrific bus accident that left him comatose, his face terribly disfigured by extensive burns. Genius plastic surgeon Dr. Manabe saved Rando's life and went to work on his face, gradually reconstructing it based on a photograph found in the wreckage of the bus. When Rando wakes up from his coma,
Rando Masashi, a self-centered, brash karate star, was the victim of a horrific bus accident that left him comatose, his face terribly disfigured by extensive burns. Genius plastic surgeon Dr. Manabe saved Rando's life and went to work on his face, gradually reconstructing it based on a photograph found in the wreckage of the bus. When Rando wakes up from his coma, a year has passed, and Dr. Manabe has made remarkable progress. But in a cruel twist of fate, the photo that the doctor used as his reference was not a picture of Rando, but of Rina Kurimi, the girl whom Rando has a crush on!
The war is on for Rando's affections when Natsuo and Nozomi finally meet! Which of the class's toughest girls will have their way with our not-quite-male, not-quite-shemale hero? Then, Rando finally meets the person whose face he's been wearing all this time: Rina's real twin sister! Will the return of Yuna spell the end of Rando's womanhood...and when the bandages come off, will his chances with Rina be over?
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I highly recommend this series, everything about it is just totaly awesome. I picked up volume 1 while waiting for my car to be worked on and couldn't put it down. This series just grabs onto you and doesn't let go. I'm glad that it's only 6 volumes, missing more than a weekend of studying is costly at college! Even if it did go on longer it would have been worth it. I would have liked it to go on a little longer, but the way that it was ended tied things together very well. The open ending is not my style, but i found plenty of fan-fictions online if you need more Pretty Face. I just made my own :) There are also alternate endings included in the last volume that add a great deal of humor to the story. The suspense that is contained in this series will keep any reader begging for more. The "bad to worst" scinario does kind of get old after a while, but it doesn't drag on like other mangas that i have read. Looking back, it seems like every chapter has a definate end and a new story is close to follow.