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January 11, 2009

Game Plan! v1 Review

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , — Saturday @ 12:45 am

Hey, a post with substance for once.

Kay. Inkhana and Calbhach’s Game Plan! is probably the most current comic I own, at least until I get Josh Alves’ newie in the mail. Honestly I should have reviewed this title a few weeks ago when I finished it, but whatever, I’m sure my memory is fresh enough.

Game Plan!

Alright, Once again I am needlessly reviewing a free webcomic which you could read and judge for yourself if you wanted. Or maybe you’re like me and can no longer tolerate staring at a backlit screen for hours and hours unless something is moving. Yes, that’s right, I don’t read the Game Plan! webcomic, but that doesn’t mean I have anything against it. I bought the book so I could check out the story in traditional comfort.

Now what can I say about it? Notice Game Plan! has a pretty positive following online, which you would expect as it is the main (and to my understanding, hosting) comic of christianmanga.com and I must say that the fan following is pretty much deserved. The first volume was a genuinely decent read.

Normally I’d protest the right-to-left reading style. I mean, it’s English written. If your not Japanese, don’t try to be. You’ll hurt yourself (I know I do). But to be honest I didn’t even notice I was reading the Japanese way for a good couple of chapters. So well done.

The characters came off a little too strong with stereotypical manga personalities at first but I felt they toned down, or at least spaced out, as the book progressed. Or maybe I just got too involved in the story to notice? Anyway, I think that’s evidence of the good job Inkhana and Calbhach has done. Even the “mascot” ends up being less annoying than expected.

The story itself: no real complaints for a first issue. It goes into the main story and progresses steadily without getting much more complex. It follows the stereotypical rolls of a bitter depressed nonchristian befriending an upbeat christian of the opposite sex and the story follows as expected for most of the book. However there is room for plot twists in future volumes which could either be brilliant or disastrous.

But it’s fun and involving. The characters, while mostly typical (as most all mainstream manga is ‘typical’ these days) are developed enough to keep you interested and wanting to read more. And I do get impressed when a christian story isn’t scared to show the possibilities for both the relationship involvements and complications of the characters. I’m not sure what much more you’d want from amature webmanga, but this book has done enough to get on my good side. If you’re not already drowned in this scene, check it out.

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2 Comments »

  1. Good review but I was hoping for a summery of the story too. Is it a
    drama, comedy, sci-fi genre? Oh well. Now I really DO have to read
    it,lol. Thanks for the heads up.

    Comment by mike — January 12, 2009 @ 11:40 pm

    • “school kids” I guess is the technical manga genre for it. But like most manga it blends lots of genres, comedy, drama, and potential romance. Thanks for the comment!

      Comment by jaems — January 13, 2009 @ 12:37 am


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