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BakéGyamon, Vol. 2 (Bakegyamon)

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A book by Mitsuhisa Tamura

R to L (Japanese Style)Sanshiro's chances of having an adventure are slim to none on his tiny island hometown. Until the day when a mysterious stranger invites him to play a game... Without warning, Sanshiro is taken to a reverse universe to play Bakégyamon--a … see full wiki

Tags: Manga, Bakegyamon
Author: Mitsuhisa Tamura
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
1 review about BakéGyamon, Vol. 2 (Bakegyamon)

Volume 2 still feels like a derivative work

  • Jun 20, 2011
Rating:
+3
This volume starts exactly where Volume 1 concluded, with Sanshiro trying to complete the stage of the game that he's in. During the course of this volume, Sanshiro competes in two more stages; he's just starting into a third when the volume ends. Sanshiro also meets some other players in the game: Mikiharo Kawaguchi (a boy who gets ahead in the game by tricking other players), Sayaka Oki (a girl who is friends with a monster who was taken away to be a card in Bakegyamon), and Shu Satomura (a boy believes he must always come in first and be perfect when doing it). We also get a little bit of backstory for Toshio Sageusa (a boy Sanshiro nicknames "London" due to the Union Jack bandana he wears on his head); this character was introduced in the first volume of Bakegyamon.

While this volume does present us some new characters and begins to provide a backstory for an already existing character, I still feel that Bakegyamon feels like a derivative manga property that's simply taking elements from manga titles with similar themes and just adding a few twists in order to make it seem "different" from these other manga titles.

The art style hasn't really changed from the first volume of the manga series. In both this volume and the previous volume, I've seen a background character who hasn't been named with a face design that looks suspiciously similar to Shikamaru from Naruto. Sanshiro still has his look and personality that feels reminiscent to Ask Ketchum from Pokémon. However, most of the other characters that appear in this volume don't look nearly as derivative as Sanshiro.

After reading a second volume of this manga, I'm still left with the impression that Bakegyamon feels like a derivative work. However, if you enjoy such manga titles as Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokémon Adventures, then you might also enjoy Bakegyamon.

Bakegyamon is rated "A," which means it is suitable for readers of all ages.

I wrote this review after checking out a copy of this manga volume through the King County Library System.

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