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Othello Vol. 1
Ross Liversidge
Author: Ross Liversidge

Ross founded the UK Anime Network back in 1995 and works in and around the anime industry.

Othello Vol. 1

Satomi Ikezawa

Othello marks the second title by Satomi Ikezawa to be launched in the UK by Tanoshimi (the first being Guru Guru Pon Chan) and it's a welcome addition.

The series focuses on Yaya, whose so called "friends" constantly tease and bully her, either by humiliating her with cheap and nasty tricks, or namecalling with cries of "Yaya the Cry-ya" and "Yaya the Misfi-ya". Poor tortured Yaya is too innocent and naive to believe the worst of them, but a letter from her 6 year old self, delivered as part of a "time travel" project her parents took her to, brings forth her kick-ass alter-ego, Nana.

The events quickly become formula, with Yaya being bullied, and Nana appearing to punish the wrong doers. It works though, primarily because I felt genuinely sorry for Yaya and the punishments are actually rather amusing. The introduction of a romantic interest early on adds some spice, and so long as the series keeps moving forward by introducing new elements, it should remain entertaining.

Ikezawa's gentle humour and light artwork make a fine combination, and every page flows into the next very nicely, which is a refreshing change from a few of the confusing titles I've had to plough through recently.

Although aimed at girls, the book has enough to keep both genders happy, and if you're a soppy old git like me, you should find plenty to enjoy here.

A fun, frothy read that will appeal to oppressed romantics everywhere.
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