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Z 1 (プリンセスコミックスデラックス) (edition 1999)

by 青池 保子

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Title:Z 1 (プリンセスコミックスデラックス)
Authors:青池 保子
Info:秋田書店 (1999), コミック, 202 pages
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Z (01) by 青池 保子

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Z is a very good series. I'm not sure it lives up to the better chapters of "From Eroica With Love", but it's worth reading. The stories are engaging, the artwork is great and we get to see more of Major Eberbach.

I think the tone of the first volume is a little closer to "From Eroica With Love". In the first chapter Z goes up against a spy who is obsessed with roses and creating a blue rose. Being a newbie, Z goes through a lot of stress, gets yelled at a lot, but in the end it does take on a slightly darker tone with Z having to kill someone.
In the second chapter a woman's husband has died, leaving only a mysterious note to Major Eberbach and a screw behind. Z is sent to find out more information and keep an eye on the woman. He begins to care for her but it ends on a dark note again, when after finding and killing the culprit she takes her own life.
In the third chapter Z is given a mission to look after a certain important drunkard and protect the information he has. Z risks life and limb trying to fulfill his mission, only to discover is was fake. He tries to stand up to the Major about his treatment only to be shot down. In the end he goes along with the Major to catch a double agent and learns a little about him.
The stories are solid and entertaining even if they're heavier and involve more death than "From Eroica With Love". I liked the extra tidbit towards the end where Major Eberbach starts ranting about his former boss and how horrible he was, not seeming to realize how rough he is with his own men, and I like that it's implied the Major used to be like Z in his younger days but has grown into who he is after many long years of hard work. Although I doubt he was ever quite as kind as Z, I could see him being more naive and innocent and toughening up after going through some trying missions of his own. ( )
  Eisah | Dec 30, 2012 |
This is a spinoff starring Z from From Eroica with Love. Other Eroica characters also make an appearance, particularly Klaus. The tone is slightly more serious than in the parent series, but there are a lot of similarities overall. I love the retro art style, though readers who are new to Yasuko Aoike may find it a bit offputting.

The Japanese is fairly easy: there are a lot of katakana loan words, and the subject matter should be familiar to anyone who's seen a couple of spy movies. ( )
  franzeska | May 5, 2009 |
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