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Club 9, volume 3Creators: Makoto Kobayashi
Its been a few months since Haruo Hello Hattori left her small town to go to college in the big city. To say shes 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, Haruos making new friends, influencing people, and becoming one of the most popular hostesses in the Ginza Districts tempting Club 9. Her clients include movie stars, captains of industry, comic book artists, sports stars, and everything in between; she doesnt put out, but that doesnt stop everyone from being charmed by the naïve but bodacious young woman. In this volume, shes 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 doesnt require a lot of background knowledge. Although there are a few outrageous elements (ie: haunted apartment buildings), its not a fantasy tale. Author Makoto Kobayashi knows how to craft likeable 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.