毎週の漫画 - ラットマン

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All the heads look oddly disproportionate to the body they're on. Something's just really off about that...and I don't remember the manga having the same problem. 



Title: Ratman, ラットマン, Ratman - The Smallest Hero!?
Author: Inui Sekihiko
Genre: Shounen, Action, Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Serialized in: Kadokawa Shoten Shounen Ace
Licensed: TokyoPop (dropped)
Total Volume Count: 8 (ongoing)

Series Summary from Mixini Studios: 
Meet Shooto. He's a bit vertically-challenged. He also wants to be a hero. But guess what? Midgets can’t be heroes! Ha! So he becomes a villain instead. Sort of. Not really. Wait a minute here, why is he so heroic if he’s sup­posed to be the bad guy? And what about the so-called good guys? Why are they so… evil? 

Kenn's Comment: Saw it at the bookstore the other day, but with Tokyopop six feet under, finding it's earlier volumes is next to impossible. 

Anywho, the manga is set in a world much like Tiger & Bunny was, a place where Heroes are commercialized icons, much like Korean idols and celebrities. The summary doesn't really do the series justice as it oversimplifies everything, but it does certainly hammer down the important parts. 

It's also pretty interesting to see a stereotypical shounen archetype character getting thrown into a role you'd almost never find one in. A hero playing hero as the villain role. His suit is also freaking awesome. Think Evangelion mixed with Kamen Rider. Awesome right? I know. 

Overall a fun read. It doesn't have a really heavy seriousness to it's story, and tense moments are generally well done. I'm also seriously hoping that the kuudere gets some love for once, and that Inui doesn't go for the 'first-girl wins' because at the moment Mizushima's my more preferred girl.  

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