There were quite a number of books they had for a dollar at Book Off so I bought a bunch of them. Because hey why not? I'll take a stab at anything. Oh, boy did I come with a treasure. Para Para was released in 2001 by the now-defunct publisher ComicsOne. They release some interesting stuff during their time including my beloved Bride of Deimos.
Para Para is a manhua (which are Chinese comics) this one is specifically Hong Kong which has its own comic scene which seems to be an interesting mix of east meets west. They seem to be always in color with art that would be on the realistic end of manga styles. The author/artist Andy Seto seems to be a very popular creator on the scene having done Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and King of Fighters comics. I'm guessing Para Para isn't one of his better works.
So what makes this one so bad it's good?
|Next on the Escher Girls Tumblr|
- Way, way over dramatic about stupid crap and totally serious about it.
- Art that is half decent but weirdly stiff and faces that just look a little off.
- Lines like "You hit me!! You've never hit me before!! I hate you!!"
|Fuck you rain|
|I do what I want!|
Of course Yuki storms off. Admittedly if my Father was that much of an asshole I would too. She then has a chance meeting (in the rain) with Dennis. Where he thinks she is someone called Mary. Also, I am not sure if he gets hit by a trolley car and stops it with his hand or not. The art in this book...
Mary then meets up with her "friend" Ban. Ban is trying hard to get into her pants even though it is obvious she isn't interested and just using him because she must not have any acutal friends. At this is when she is introduced to the amazing world of Para Para. Which is a style of dance from Japan which during this early aughts was very popular with arcade machines. This will be important.
At this club Yuki has a run in with a girl called Vodka (yes, really). Vodka takes her Para Para really seriously and after hearing Yuki trash talk it challenges Yuki to a dance off (yes, really).
|Yuki takes this very seriously|
|Yes, this dumb rabbit is the super secret character|
Of course Dennis beats Vodka. Rhen we get a confusing scene where Vodka tells him she only came here for him even though a few pages before she didn't know who he was. Dennis also tells her "You know nothing about the true meaning of 'dance'." (This dialogue is fucking gold, people, fucking gold).
|Nothing, like a cig after a dance off. |
Also, I can't help but find it amazing that the dance god Dennis lights up a cigarette after this workout.
Yuki to weak after this dance off (guess her "athletics" didn't include endurance training) is swept off her feet by Dennis and carried to her limo waiting outside.
At some point I might wright a part two on this one.