Rating: 4.5/5 – Everything You NEVER Wanted to Know
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Al Sparrow
Are girls always dreaming of the day they become adults? Is it true that if you drink caffeine in the morning, it’ll have a huge effect on your outlook? Is it true that you can’t help moaning when you get a massage? Do High School Girls Really Carry Rubbers?
The answer to these and other – even more disturbing – questions can be found in the pages of Please Tell Me! Galko-chan, a manga that gets high points for originality, fearlessness, and its ability to get you to chuckle at things you probably shouldn’t be chuckling about. Join Galko and her two cohorts, Otako and Ojou, as they do their best to answer a gamut of questions from the perfectly innocent to the perversely crass. High school life gets a thorough examination in this humorous slice-of-bizarro-life book that’s like few others – strike that, like no other – on the shelves right now.
The questions get even more crude, lewd, and rude as the book progresses (or digresses if you want to look at it that way). Be prepared to deal with questions about periods, hair on nipples, and other decidedly un-sexy topics that make this book much more than what it appears to be at first glance. Still, it’s the book’s reckless abandon in tackling these topics that gives it an edge over so many other titles out there right now. I found myself cracking up over topics that honestly should not be as funny as this book makes them. That said, anyone who picks it up after taking one look at Galko’s curvy oversexed figure on the cover is in for a bit of a rude awakening. Consider yourself warned.
It’s rare to find a manga printed in full-color from cover to cover, but the artistic style Kenya Suzuki uses almost demands it. It’d almost be cheating to switch from a few color pages into black and white, as most manga tankobon tend to do. The colored pencil/pen style blended with (I’m guessing) a few computer-enhancements gives the book a truly unique look. I haven’t seen a manga done in quite this fashion. Sure, the jokes and humor would work just as well in black and white, but they work better in full color, particularly in chapters with questions prone to make the characters blush, show anger, or panic (which to be honest is pretty much most of them). The beauty of the artwork belies the crudeness of the tribulations the characters experience, and that’s a huge part of what makes it such an entertaining read.
I knew a girl like Galko-chan growing up. Overly friendly, drop dead gorgeous, and as comfortable hanging out with the geeks as they were the more popular girls in their clique. I don’t think I’d ever go so far as to ask her some of the questions in this book, mind you, but Please Tell Me! Galko-chan did provide an interesting bit of nostalgia. You’ll definitely want to check it out and make sure you’re the right audience for this book before you actually put your money down for it, but if you are the right audience for this book, you’re in for a real treat. Proceed with caution, but by all means, proceed.
Reviewed by: Al Sparrow (email@example.com)
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