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Club 9. 2
Kobayashi, Makoto, 1958-
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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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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

Haruo Hattori has left her small farming hometown to attend college in the exciting city. She promises her boyfriend she'll remain loyal and avoid all the temptations metropolitan life might bring. Urban living is expensive, so to make ends meet, innocent and na?ve Haruo takes a job at Club 9, a bar where the patrons are nothing like the good old boys she grew up with. Haruo's soon enjoying new popularity, charming loads of handsome men, living in a haunted apartment building and still trying to pass her college courses. Plus, she's getting tempted by the city's sins and finding it increasingly difficult to avoid giving in. Kobayashi has penned a funny, slice-of-life comedy. With her misunderstandings and na?vet?, 18-year-old Haruo is very much like the Beverly Hillbillies' Elly May Clampett or a younger Rose Nylund from Golden Girls. Much of what goes on around her goes over her head, but that's part of the series' charm. Kobayashi's art style, while fairly exaggerated with some of the characters, is highly detailed and refined in the story's backgrounds and non-human aspects. This series' first volume, with its Coyote Ugly-esque cast, is a wild ride, but the question remains: after living in the big city, can Haruo go home again? And will she even want to? (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-Haruo Hatori continues her innocent adventures in the not-so-innocent world of hostessing at Club 9. Here, she learns how to get out of a taxi without having her often-lecherous clients follow her home. She keeps a Japanese baseball star from going on a bender after he blows a perfect game. (In fact, liquor takes a particularly bad rap in this volume.) But what will the future hold for her when the "penniless" man from the isobeyaki cart stops by Club 9? Throughout her latest escapades, the artwork captures Haruo's naivet? by depicting her eyes as even more exaggeratedly wide than those of the typical manga girl. She also maintains her virginity, promised to the boy back home. A sweetly comedic tale.-Jamie Watson, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.