Thursday, July 28, 2011

I Recommend: Magic Knight Rayearth

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To say the all-woman Japanese creative group CLAMP are giants in the comics world is to make a gross understatement. Producing professional work since the late 1980s, their 20+ series have sold nearly 100 million copies and many have received animated adaptations. (Compare this to the manga biz as a whole, where most artists are lucky to get just one hit series and adaptations are once-in-a-lifetime events for all but the biggest creators.)

Their first real megahit - and, less than coincidentally, a series that's recently gotten a fancy rerelease here in the States - is Magic Knight Rayearth. It starts off with a typical teen fantasy plot: three girls are transported into a magical realm, where they have been summoned to save a princess. From there, though, it takes off in its own direction, with the twists and turns CLAMP has become famous for.

It's a great introduction to their work - and fantasy manga in general - with beautifully detailed artwork and an epic story.

2 comments:

  1. What's not to love? The reason I fell in love with manga IS because of CLAMP and because of this particular work. Wonderful strong female characters, fantastic art and a compelling story. It's a classic!

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  2. Heck yeah! CLAMP is (are?) fantastic at making ensemble casts packed with great female characters (and some pretty rockin' dudes, as well.) Rest assured, this is not the last time they'll make an appearance on this blog! :]

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