Unmagical Girl Vol. 1

I was at my local comic shop recently and saw a graphic novel called Unmagical Girl vol. 1 written by Ryouichi Yokohama and illustrated by Manmaru Uetsuki.

 

This is no world for a magical girl!

Pretty Angel NirBrave was once the spirited magical girl heroine of a cult TV show. But when an anime director’s computer goes on the fritz, it brings Pretty Angel NirBrave out of the screen and into our world! With bills and bullies to face, it’ll take more than a sparkly transformation and a frilly skirt to get by in “real” life.

That’s what the description on the back had written and it immediately sounded great to me so I grabbed it and bought it.

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Alex + Ada

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Alex + Ada   
By: Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

In a world completely dominated by technology, people are looking to customize able androids to fulfill their loneliness and needs. Alex, however, does not feel that he needs an android to fill the void that his fiancee left when she decided to leave him without giving any reason. His grandmother feels differently.

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In Real Life

In Real Life is a graphic novel by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang. I decided to pick this book up after seeing it in the local comic shop. This graphic novel takes an interesting spin on MMORPGs, how to be kind to others, and economics.

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In this 616Ubdqmn3L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_graphic novel, Anda, who is a gamer girl, is introduced to an MMO called “Coarsegold Online” and recruited into an all female guild. The guild’s goal is to attack the gold farmers in the game. When battling, Anda’s character is hit and she chases down the character who hit her. After almost being KO’d but then saved by a gold farmer, Anda befriends the gold farmer, Raymond.

Anda later learns that Raymond’s gold farming is what he does to make a living in the real world. Living in China with no healthcare, gold farming on an MMORPG makes him slightly more money and is safer than working in a dangerous factory and making almost nothing. This causes Anda to become curious as to how she can help her friend who lives so far away and is sick with no health care and has to work so many hours just to help his family survive.

This graphic novel is short but tells a beautiful story of friendships online, bravery, and courage while still teaching and making readers curious about global politics and economics.

The art is simplistic, yet beautiful. Because the art isn’t extremely complex, it allows the reader to still indulge into the story but have visuals for how the artists envisioned their characters.

To be honest, I thought that this graphic novel was going to be about feminism. I almost shied away from reading it due to that. However, when I dove in I realized that it isn’t nearly as much about feminism as some of the reviews I read imply. In Real Life is more about true friendship and compassion.

It is a beautiful story and if you are into politics, economics, MMOs or even just have made friends from other countries online, I would highly recommend In Real Life to you.

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