Manga Fans Unite! Those Who Hunt Elves GN 1 to 3
Age - Graphic Novel 1 & 2 : Teen (15+), Graphic Novel 3 : Teen (13+)
Creator, Writer, etc - Yu Yagami
Artists/Assistants - "Boomerang" Matsuoka
Kato Akamatsu Ichizoku
Editor - F. Iioka
ADV Manga credits
Translator - Eiko McGregor
ADV Manga Translation Staff - Javier Lopez, Kay Bertrand, Amy Forsyth and Brendan Frayne
Publishing Editor - Susan Itin
Assistant Editor - Margaret Scharold
Editorial Assistant - Varsha Bhuchar
Graphic Novel 1
So how did this come to pass?
How did a martial arts fanatic named Junpei, an Academy Award winning actress named Airi, and a military fanatic who owns her own Type 74 tank (and probably the entire translated works of Tom Clancy) end up in this strange fantasy world?
Sadly it seems Mr. Yagami didn't take the time to detail that out because it starts off with them receiving the aid of a female elf named Celcia who is going to use a return spell (drawn onto her nude body) to send them back home.
Yeah. Too bad it has to be one of those incredibly complex spells that requires complete silence because... what? WHAT? I'M NOT SILENT? I'M TALKING TOO LOUD NOW?? WHAT?? I...
As you guessed the spell is disrupted and decides to run, splitting into fragments that impresses itself on female elves that are attuned to the caster (Celcia).
Thus begins the quest to strip as many female elves as possible to find the fragments.
A quest that goes into days, weeks, months... until finally Celcia, the one who is at the heart of this whole spell thing, FINALLY decides to start helping again but to do so she takes on a guise of a talking dog.
Which leads to a major conflict with a dark elf who is also the first bearer of the spell marks, and the first visually confirmed elf stripping (on paper).
After that there's a story apiece for Airi and Ritsuko (where they meet a cat spirit who inhabits stuffed animals... well, inanimate objects more likely but you'll see that shortly) and then the story of a female elf who actually wants to be stripped!
Then we move on.
Graphic Novel 2
So, here we are, the second of 21 books and so far there's only 20% of the marks accounted for.
Celcia is still trapped in her talking dog form (apparently the first mark is interfering with her ability to change and she'll be that way for awhile), and their T-74 tank is now quite capable of moving without fuel... but why is something you can find out about in Graphic Novel 1.
Highlights of this Graphic Novel include...
- Looks like Junpei has picked the wrong week to go Harry Potter because while he's trying to become a great mage he's about to be challenged by a man whose a great fighter.
Once he gets his head on straight we're in for a treat of a fight.
- Remember the mandrakes from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? Well, here we go again... only this time they're cuter, female, and -- elves? Naked female elf mandrakes? Well, Mandrake Elves... with one of them bearing the second mark.
Looks like a party with heavy amounts of alcohol may be required for this job. Bring a designated driver.
- Celcia runs into an old friend she hasn't thought about in a long time. Thought in thought about killing that is. They don't like each other, Celcia and this female elf named Rebecca, not at all. So that's why she cons Celcia into becoming an act at this failing sideshow, whose owner happens to be this guy they both had a crush on a long time ago. One thing leads to another, they're both captured and imprisoned on a ship, which leads to an impromptu rescue with one elf stripping coming up.
Graphic Novel 3
Continuing from last time it's the rescue of Celcia and Rebecca which leads to her stripping... uh, so we're still baring Elves right? Why did the age limit go down from 15+ to 13+ anyway?
The end result of this rescue is Rebecca stealing the three marks so Celcia can return to her human form, but then she decides to keep said marks and run off... why? Survey says -- she seems to have plans for, of all people, Junpei! Hopefully in a use as a pawn for evil schemes way and not a "I've fallen in love" way because she's aiming awfully low to have become entranced with him.
Other highlights include...
- Don't you just hate it when you run out of toilet paper and the nearest store is one dimension slide away? Ack. Not good. But maybe the cute fuzzy Beanie Bear sized white bears can be of help? They even have their own addiction to -- wiping their butts on -- and when they go -- uh --
Look, are we SURE this is 13+?!? I mean, well, really!
- Ritsuko has a tank, and she looks like she can kick butt but she apparently can't.
Maybe a body swap with Junpei who can kick butt can help her.
In a good way, not the twisted way like in Your and My Secret which I'll clue you in on next week.
Anyway once again we're treated to a good fight and this time it's Ritsuko handing out the beatings.
- Don't you just hate it when your trying to impress a beautiful Hollywood Academy Award winning actress who you'd love to marry by catching a large fish only to have some female magical type come out of the lake your fishing in and ask the age old question "Did you drop a golden worm or a regular worm?"
Nothing good will come of this scenario.
Oh, yeah, abit of "Extra" fun packed into the three books as well so you're getting quite abit here.
That's that. Let's break it down!
Those Who Hunt Elves Breakdown the 1st to 3rd
What's Hot? I didn't think I would like it, but I was dead wrong. It's a fun read, the artwork is solid, and I can see why it's well spoken of as a title. Now I guess I need to see the Anime version.
And no, the elf stripping isn't rampant. You get quite abit of story between the occasional elf stripping so you get a well rounded read that occasionally bares some well rounded... uh -- never mind.
What's Not? Nothing. I thought it'd be flawed but it's solid and good. So I have no complaints here.
Moments to Remember? It's all memorable. So the three books are memorable.
What to Ignore? Nothing... yeah, nothing. Maybe Mr. Yagami's obsession with playing the Dreamcast, the Saturn and later the PSOne... probably adding a PS2 in later Graphic Novels... okay, ignore that.
Overall? You may think that, from the concept, that it's a one trick pony (basically 1001 ways to bare female elf flesh) but it's way deeper than that and is quite a fun little romp with, yes, some elf stripping.
As a read goes it's well rounded, and I think I'm going to enjoy it's entire run of 21 Graphic Novels.
In fact I'm positive I'm going to enjoy this run. Well done.
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