From the publisher Vertical comes Felipe Smith’s off the wall otaku adventure filled with mayhem and comedy, Peepo Choo.
Volume 2 of Peepo Choo left poor Milton finally discovering the truth about Japanese culture, in his eyes he believed that everyone was an otaku and they acted just like the people in his favorite anime series. In reality though Japan is nothing like what he imagined it would be. Distraught he runs off leaving Miki, Reiko and Jody wondering if he would be alright. At the same time the Yakuza murders continue and a war between the different groups has begun as they all think that the other is responsible.
Volume 3 picks up right where the second one leaves off and Milton seems to be getting over the shock and is trying to learn more about the real Japan. All of the characters seem to finally be heading out on their own little adventures, with Milton’s taking him to Akibahara along with Miki and Reiko, Jody heading off on his own and still frustrated at not being able to meet a girl while constantly being confused for Beauty Judy, a gay TV star in Japan, and eventually meeting the American gangster obsessed Morimoto, who is also the head of one group of Yakuza, and Fate/Gill continuing his rampage of death and destruction on the Yakuza.
This volume brings a close to the adventure of the American visitors to Japan, although the end does hint at a continued adventure for Milton, Reiko, Gill and Jody in Chicago.
The story was really interesting and while it is violent and at times a bit raunchy it has some real depth to it, especially when showing how wrong misconceptions and stereotypes of a country or culture based on something like TV or other entertainment sources can be. There was also a strong “be yourself” moral to the story towards the end that seems to get across fairly well.
All of the images in this manga are very detailed and well-drawn, and the art style, with exaggerated looks and at times ugly images fit the story. The cover design, from Glen Isip, is very bright with lots of colors, featuring Morimoto posing with his guns in a pink, green and yellow pimp suit, and looks good even if it seems a bit eccentric.
Overall Peepo Choo isn’t a series for those looking for something serious, but for those looking for an interesting manga filled with comedy and a whole lot of violence this would be one worth picking up. While this is a graphic series, not only violent but filled with nudity and sexual content it is an entertaining series to read and this reviewer found it difficult to put any of the volumes down.
Peepo Choo Volume 3
Story & Illustrations: Felipe Smith
Age Rating: 18+
Available: December 14th, 2010