|Pixy Junket. By Pure. Translated by James D. Hudnall and Toshifumi Yoshida. San Francisco, CA: Viz Communications, 1997. 190p. $15.95. ISBN 1-56931-239-7.|
With the help of a mysterious old man named Adelgates, they quit the mountain, but the first time the pixy (named Pacifica) accidentally shows her wings in public, everyone wants her. Thus begins a series of narrow escapes from civilians, the military, a disgraced member of royalty, genies, ghosts, etc. Sometimes they are aided by the even more mysterious woman Shiela [sic], who seems to understand what the pixy really means to the world, but sure isn't talking. Eventually the characters, with adversaries hot on their heels, are forced to go beyond the mountains that surround the world in an effort to discover the truth.
For the most part the art is beautiful, classic manga with some very nice touches. Pure definitely has a future in the industry. However, the art suffers from a problem common to a lot of manga: in the action scenes, it's too element-filled and drawn with too many narrow lines for the reader to follow. And sometimes it's simply inadequate to explain what's going on--poor choices made by the artist as to what to depict. Plot-wise, the story is mostly a series of chases, battles, and escapes, with little room for genuine character development. That's not the translators' fault; they have done a good job with making the dialogue sound natural (within the limitations of the plot, anyway).
There is much better manga out there. Try Rumiko Takahashi's work, or one of my favorites, 2001 Nights by Yukinobu Hoshino. Pixy Junket is only recommended for people interested in the art.
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