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Club 9. 2
Kobayashi, Makoto, 1958-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Comics, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
"A super manga blast! graphic novel"--Cover.

This volume collects Club 9 stories from issues 20-25 and issue 27 of the Dark Horse comic-book series Super Manga Blast!
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X VOL.2 Graphic Novel Central Library

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When country girl Haruo Hattori left the farm and her nutty family for college in the big city - and we're talking Tokyo big, folks - she promised to remain true to her high school sweetheart, but that was before she began work at Club 9, one of the hottest hostess bars in the Ginza, where temptation rears its ugly head on a nightly basis.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

It's been a few months since Haruo "Hello" Hattori left her small farm town to go to college in the big city. To say she's experienced culture shock would be an understatement. Taking the bumpkin Haruo and placing her in the fast-paced city is akin to putting Paris Hilton on a farm. However, Haruo's making new friends, influencing people and becoming one of the most popular hostesses in the Ginza District's tempting Club 9. Her clients include movie stars, captains of industry, comic book artists, sports stars and everything in between; she doesn't put out, but that doesn't stop everyone from being charmed by the naive but bodacious young woman. In this volume, she's showered with expensive gifts on her 19th birthday, trying to stay chaste for her hometown boyfriend and dealing with temptation and life in the fast lane. Club 9 is a laugh-out-loud series that doesn't require a lot of background knowledge. Although there are a few outrageous elements (e.g., haunted apartment buildings), it's not a fantasy tale. Kobayashi knows how to craft likable characters that readers will laugh, cry and cheer for. The facial expressions help explain most scenes, as do the variety of angles, page layouts and interesting perspectives. Club 9 is easy on the eyes and hard on the funny bone. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-This is slapstick comedy, manga style. Klutzy, small-town-girl Haruo goes to Tokyo for college. She promises herself to remain a virgin until she returns home to her high school boyfriend, now a farmer. After she sees a ghost in the dorm, she moves in with her friend Aki, who is a ginza girl at Club 9, where her job is to pay attention to bar patrons-lighting cigarettes and laughing at jokes. Haruo needs to make some money, so she soon joins Aki at Club 9, where her naive charm is a hit with both the patrons and the club's madam. Despite the somewhat mature subject matter, the broad humor makes this volume pretty tame, and the light nudity is in keeping with the character of Haruo as a lovable klutz-she sees the ghost in the shower and runs out. Haruo speaks in a Southern twang, with "y'alls" and "gits" that don't really fit with the Japanese setting, but does its job in playing her for a rube in the city. This is for an older audience than Kobayashi's cat manga What's Michael (Dark Horse), but high schoolers will find Haruo as charming and funny as the customers at Club 9 do.-Jamie Watson, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.