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Sorcerer Hunters Vol.11
Left-Right Manga
200 pages
Akahori Satoru
Omishi Ray
VIZ Communications
Eleven books into the series and Sorcerer Hunters remains sexy, amusing, and fun to read. It's modestly priced and easy to find, and I'd recommend it to any fan of the Slayers universe.
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Sorcerer Hunters Vol.11
By Patrick King

It seems as if this is the beginning of the end. In this volume, readers are introduced to the most threatening foe the Sorcerer Hunters have ever faced, and she's dangerously close to winning Carrot's heart. This edition brings the "Sorcerer Hunters Retro" segment to an end, conveniently establishing some back story for what's likely coming soon. Rather than present a number of self-contained stories, this volume consists of a continuing storyline that is left unfinished by the book's end, making me anticipate the next issue even more than usual. After all, my psychic pals tell me there's going to be a dramatic battle any minute now...

For the readers not yet into this series, Sorcerer Hunters is a mostly comedic fantasy manga (not quite as slapstick as Slayers, however) centered around the missions of the title group. The Sorcerer Hunters is a group consisting of above-average guys and gals under the direction of Big Mama. This matronly figure guides them so that they may protect non magic-using commoners (known as Parsoners) from the frequently abusive Sorcerers. By this point in the story, powerful forces intent upon upsetting the balance between magic and non-magic have been gathering for quite some time, and they're finally ready to begin their assault on the Sorcerer Hunters and their allies. You'll have to get the book to find out more about the story, though, since I hate to ruin a good plot.

The characters are certainly a major factor keeping me interested in this manga. Carrot Glace is an overzealous (and frequently horny) young man with a more intelligent (and more subdued) younger brother by the name of Marron. Two women - Tira and Chocolat Misu - are simultaneously vying for Carrot's attention as they fight alongside the excitable guy in their dominatrix uniforms for the most part to no avail. The other two companions in the Sorcerer Hunters' party comprise yet another sibling duo, Gateau and Éclair, both vain muscle-bound hotties (a technical term) who are more attracted to themselves than other members of the gang. Of course, the characters are more complex than this simple breakdown, and that's easily the main drawing point to the manga. Carrot is attracted to every woman on the planet except his two extremely lovely compatriots, and the interactions between the three are always amusing.

This manga has a visual style that would almost suggest that it's shoujo manga. That is, the characters are very pretty and delicate and it seems appropriate for girls' comics. However, the story contains enough fan service to most likely draw a male audience faster than it would a female one. That's not to say either sex should appreciate this series more than the other; my girlfriend and I both like it very much. I just want to make sure that Sorcerer Hunters isn't written off as a cute sappy love story. (And don't get me wrong about cute sappy love stories - I can get into those sometimes, too!) There's more than enough action and romance to keep everybody happy, no matter what your preferences.

Technically, this book does a good job of standing out in a bookstore thanks to its bright white spine and thumbnail picture. The cover art is attractive (as always), but I can't help but feel that the cover logo was made with cheap PrintShopish software. It's well-sized, and well-priced, leaving the flipped nature of the release as my only ongoing complaint. I'd love to read this series from the right to the left, as it was meant to be read. Hopefully I'll be able to, one day. In the meantime, this is another exciting romp through the Spooner continent at a good price, and something I'll unwaveringly endorse for fans of the fantastic.

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