is a satirical manga by Felipe Smith. It was one of the first manga series ever to be written and drawn by a mangaka from outside East Asia, but first published in Japanese by a Japanese publisher. It was first published in serial form in the magazine Morning Two
, and then in three collected volumes.
The series is a rude and ultraviolent satire
on US-Japanese mutual cultural misunderstanding. African-American otaku
Milton is a crazed fan of the anime and manga series Peepo Choo
, and is wildly overjoyed when he wins a trip to Japan in a raffle at his local comic shop, believing that the country is nerd heaven. His boss at the comic shop, Jody, despises Milton but hopes that Milton's command of Japanese will help him get laid by hot Japanese girls. What neither of them know is that the whole trip is an excuse for their boss Gill, who has a secret life as international hitman and unstoppable killing machine "Fate", to do a hit.
In Japan the characters are mirrored by Reiko, a cynical teenage gravure idol fed up with her work, Reiko's otaku girl
friend Miki, Morimoto "Rockstar", a psychotic gangster obsessed with his own idea of African-American gangsta culture, and Fate's target, and Aniki, Morimoto's boss who hired Fate to deniably kill him because of his Ax-Crazy
Not unexpectedly, things get messy.
Contains examples of the following:
- Alpha Bitch: Miki's classmates are particularly vicious ones
- Arms Dealer: Miguel's profession, and he's pretty indiscriminate about it.
- Author Filibuster / Character Filibuster: Reiko's explanations of what Japan is really like, though given the subject matter and the Central Theme that Japanese/U.S. relations are full of misunderstandings, it's understandable that any important points would by necessity be beat into the ground, in order to prevent further misunderstandings.
- Ax-Crazy: Morimoto and Gill, in particular, will kill anyone at the drop of a hat.
- Black and Nerdy: Milton is an extreme example.
- Black Comedy Rape: Fate, especially the volume 2/3 cliffhanger.
- Buxom Is Better: This is everyone else's attitude to Rieko, although she doesn't enjoy it too much.
- Casanova Wannabe: Jody likes to pretend to be more successful with the ladies than he is.
- Chase Scene
- Cold-Blooded Torture
- Contemptible Cover: volume 1 of the collected editions, with its focus on Reiko's bosom.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: Reiko, secretly
- Crazy Homeless People: the down-and-out who is Ringo Plum
- Creepy Crossdresser: Gill, after Milton persuades him to stop worrying what other people think of him
- Culture Clash: The whole story is themed around the difference between the real Japan and USA, and respectively American and Japanese peoples' stereotypes of them.
- Darkest Hour: Milton, after he realises just how little he knows about Japan and how different it is from his expectations.
- Depraved Bisexual: Fate, and boy is he.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: both Reiko and Miki dress like this when they visit Akihabara
- Faking the Dead: Aniki
- Fandom Rivalry: Invoked early on with a brawl in the comic store between superhero comic fans and manga fans, both of whom are equally ludicrous.
- Fish out of Water
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Morimoto, as revealed in the flashbacks
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Invoked in-story with both Peepo Choo, a Deranged Animation anime that is despised in Japan but got redubbed in the USA as an orthodox kids' show, and Brick Side, a dreadful American Gang Banger drama that is adored by Morimoto.
- Gorn: any time Fate does his thing
- Gross Out Show
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: Reiko
- Jerk Ass: Jody, for most of the first volume
- The Juggernaut: Fate
- Knife Nut: Fate
- Latex Spacesuit: what Reiko really wants to wear
- Learnt Japanese From Watching Television: Parodied. It doesn't work if the subtitles completely misrepresent what's being said.
- Lightning Bruiser: Fate
- Mad Artist: Ringo Plum
- Malevolent Masked Men: Fate
- Mistaken for Badass: Jody is mistaken for a big-time African-American gangster by Morimoto
- Mistaken for Gay: Jody turns out to look like Camp Gay comedian "Beauty Judy". He's not happy.
- Mob War
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Fate
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Gill develops a bad case of this for Morimoto
- Pervert Revenge Mode: Reiko when she loses it
- Pretty Fly For A Japanese Guy: Morimoto
- Psycho for Hire: Fate
- Scary Black Man: Miguel - huge, gratuitously violent, and African-America.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Gill a lot, but Milton gets to do it in a pitch-black room after his Despair Event Horizon moment.
- Sequel Hook / The Stinger: Reiko and Morimoto go to Chicago
- Show Within a Show: Anime Peepo Choo, and American Gang Banger drama Brick Side.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Reiko
- Sociopathic Soldier: Miguel (and Gill in the past)
- Tattooed Crook: Inevitable when you have Yakuza.
- Translation Train Wreck: in reverse, with Peepo Choo, which was deliberately incomprehensible in Japanese but translated to be a normal kids' show in English
- True Art Is Incomprehensible: Invoked with Peepo Choo
- Tsundere: Reiko
- What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Invoked with Peepo Choo
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Milton, until he gets corrected.