Gimmick! (manga)

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Gimmick!
Gimmick Vol 1.jpg
First English edition of Gimmick!, published by Viz Media
ギミック!
(Gimmikku!)
Genre Action, Drama, Thriller
Manga
Written by Yōzaburō Kanari
Illustrated by Kuroko Yabuguchi
Published by Shueisha
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Young Magazine
Original run September 16, 2005May 18, 2007
Volumes 9
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Gimmick! (ギミック! Gimmikku!?) is a Japanese manga written by Yōzaburō Kanari and illustrated by Kuroko Yabuguchi. The manga was serialised in Kodansha's Young Magazine and collected in nine tankōbon volumes by Shueisha, released between September 16, 2005 and May 18, 2007. The series is licensed in North America by Viz Media with nine tankōbon volumes released between June 10, 2008 and October 13, 2009. The manga is also licensed in Taiwan by Ever Glory Publishing.

Manga[edit]

Gimmick! is written by Yōzaburō Kanari and illustrated by Kuroko Yabuguchi. The manga was serialised in Kodansha's Young Magazine and collected in nine tankōbon by Shueisha, released between September 16, 2005 and May 18, 2007.[1][2] The series is licensed in North America by Viz Media,[3] with nine tankōbon volumes released between June 10, 2008 and October 13, 2009.[4][5] The manga is also licensed in Taiwan by Ever Glory Publishing.[6]

Synopsis[edit]

Kohei Nagase is a prodigy special effects artist. His friend Shingo Kannazuki form a special effects company called 'Studio Gimmick'. They do freelance work for various Japanese studios. Often Kohei's makeup skills and Shingo's fighting strength are called in to fight crime. For example, in their first story, the pair help rescue a struggling actress from her manipulative, abusive manager.

Chapter list[edit]

The chapters are called "scene"s.

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
01 September 16, 2005[1] ISBN 978-4-08-876850-2 June 10, 2008[4] ISBN 978-1-4215-1778-0
  • 01. Runaway Actress (Part 1)
  • 02. Runaway Actress (Part 2)
  • 03. Monster House of Terror (Part 1)
  • 04. Monster House of Terror (Part 2)
  • 05. Monster House of Terror (Part 3)
  • 06. While Nude
  • 07. Alien Panic (Part 1)
  • 08. Alien Panic (Part 2)
  • The Making of Gimmick!: Episode 1
02 December 19, 2005[7] ISBN 978-4-08-876891-5 August 12, 2008[8] ISBN 978-1-4215-1779-7
  • 09. Alien Panic (Part 3)
  • 10. Alien Panic (Part 4)
  • 11. Alien Panic (Part 5)
  • 12. Alien Panic (Part 6)
  • 13. Alien Panic (Part 7)
  • 14. The Mask of del Fuego
  • 15. Over the Rainbow (Part 1)
  • 16. Over the Rainbow (Part 2)
  • 17. Over the Rainbow (Part 3)
  • 18. Over the Rainbow (Part 4)
  • The Making of Gimmick!: Episode 2
  • Gimmick!: The Inside Story: The Real Kohei
  • Making of Gimmick! Characters
03 February 17, 2006[9] ISBN 978-4-08-877041-3 October 14, 2008[10] ISBN 978-1-4215-1780-3
  • 19. Over the Rainbow (Part 5)
  • 20. Over the Rainbow (Part 6)
  • 21. TB Confidential (Part 1)
  • 22. TB Confidential (Part 2)
  • 23. TB Confidential (Part 3)
  • 24. TB Confidential (Part 4)
  • 25. TB Confidential (Part 5)
  • Special One Shot Story: Gimmick! (Part 1)
  • Special One Shot Story: Gimmick! (Part 2)
  • The Making of Gimmick!: Episode 3
  • Gimmick!: The Research Trip
04 May 19, 2006[11] ISBN 978-4-08-877083-3 December 9, 2008[12] ISBN 978-1-4215-1781-0
  • 26. TB Confidential (Part 6)
  • 27. TB Confidential (Part 7)
  • 28. Mone-y Train
  • 29. Great Stuntman
  • 30. Sunrise Boulevard (Part 1)
  • 31. Sunrise Boulevard (Part 2)
  • 32. Miracle in 35-Chome
  • 33. Rosebud
  • 34. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Part 1)
  • 35. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Part 2)
  • 36. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Part 3)
  • The Making of Gimmick!: Episode 4
05 August 18, 2006[13] ISBN 978-4-08-877128-1 February 10, 2009[14] ISBN 978-1-4215-1782-7
  • 37. Snow Flower (Part 1)
  • 38. Snow Flower (Part 2)
  • 39. Field of Dreams (Part 1)
  • 40. Field of Dreams (Part 2)
  • 41. Field of Dreams (Part 3)
  • 42. Field of Dreams (Part 4)
  • 43. Field of Dreams (Part 5)
  • 44. Field of Dreams (Part 6)
  • EX. Old Lady Mach!!!
  • 45. My Favorite Things (Part 1)
  • 46. My Favorite Things (Part 2)
  • The Making of Gimmick!: Episode 5
06 November 17, 2006[15] ISBN 978-4-08-877167-0 April 14, 2009[16] ISBN 978-1-4215-2205-0
07 January 19, 2007[17] ISBN 978-4-08-877212-7 June 9, 2009[18] ISBN 978-1-4215-2206-7
08 March 19, 2007[19] ISBN 978-4-08-877234-9 August 11, 2009[20] ISBN 978-1-4215-2207-4
09 May 18, 2007[2] ISBN 978-4-08-877262-2 October 13, 2009[5] ISBN 1-4215-2921-1

Reception[edit]

Phil Guie of Pop Culture Shock commends the illustrator for capturing the protagonist's "childlike enthusiasm for old monster movies perfectly with lots of full-page panels"[21] and comments that "the creative team also seems to understand that a hero is only as good as his nemesis".[22] Sam Kusek from Pop Culture Shock commends the manga for making "a very nice reference to The Sound of Music".[23] Manga Life's Barb Lien-Cooper criticises the manga for using movie special effects that "don't translate onto paper".[24] About.com's Deb Aoki commends the manga for featuring "a high-spirited, smart and likeable hero with an unusual profession" but she also criticises the manga for minimal character development and "one-dimensional villains".[25] Comics Worth Reading's Johanna Draper Carlson comments that "the transformation process is a chance for dramatic art. It's treated intensely, as though it were life-saving surgery, but with the elements and techniques explained to the reader, providing a mini-course in movie makeup".[26] A later review by Carlson comments that "many of Kohei's effects serve no purpose in the bigger story beyond entertaining the reader".[27] Active Anime's Davey C. Jones comments that the manga "keeps the action hoppin' and the mysteries boppin'!"[28] Coolstreak Comics' Leroy Douresseaux comments that the "action can get pretty intense at times, but never more than anything one would find in a PG-13-rated movie".[29] Douresseaux compares Gimmick! to Case Closed and MacGyver.[30][31] A later review by Douresseaux comments on "the stories [which] are full of tidbits on special makeup effects and animatronics, the kind of technical details that give stories realism and also intrigue readers".[32] Jason Thompson's appendix to Manga: The Complete Guide commends the manga for its "basic shonen story structure with the mysterious mentor and the 'ambitious, hardworking person who is ridiculously good at some skill/job/ability'".[33] He also comments on the manga's "cinematic leanings are so distinctly Hollywood-focused, which is questionable in one sense (it'd be nice to know more about the history of Japanese special effects), but on the other sense, makes it easy for a Western reader to follow".[33] Manga Life's Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane appreciated the "real-world references" in the manga "primarily to director Sam Raimi's work".[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ギミック!/1|薮口 黒子/金成 陽三郎" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on November 24, 2005. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b "ギミック!/9|薮口 黒子/金成 陽三郎" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved 2009-02-24. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Viz to Print Cat Eyed Boy, Black Lagoon, Tanemura Works". Anime News Network. 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  4. ^ a b "Gimmick!, Vol. 1". Viz Media. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  5. ^ a b "Gimmick!, Vol. 9". Viz Media. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  6. ^ "神乎其技 - 特效化妝師.藪口黒子" (in Chinese). Ever Glory Publishing. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  7. ^ "ギミック!/2|薮口 黒子/金成 陽三郎" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved 2009-02-24. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Gimmick!, Vol. 2". Viz Media. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  9. ^ "ギミック!/3|薮口 黒子/金成 陽三郎" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved 2009-02-24. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Gimmick!, Vol. 3". Viz Media. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  11. ^ "ギミック!/4|薮口 黒子/金成 陽三郎" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on August 18, 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  12. ^ "Gimmick!, Vol. 4". Viz Media. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  13. ^ "ギミック!/5|薮口 黒子/金成 陽三郎" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved 2009-02-24. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Gimmick!, Vol. 5". Viz Media. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  15. ^ "ギミック!/6|薮口 黒子/金成 陽三郎" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved 2009-02-24. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Gimmick!, Volume 6: youzaburou Kanari, Kuroko Yabuguchi: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  17. ^ "ギミック!/7|薮口 黒子/金成 陽三郎" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved 2009-02-24. [dead link]
  18. ^ "Gimmick!, Volume 7: youzaburou Kanari, Kuroko Yabuguchi: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  19. ^ "ギミック!/8|薮口 黒子/金成 陽三郎" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved 2009-02-24. [dead link]
  20. ^ "Gimmick!, Volume 8: youzaburou Kanari, Kuroko Yabuguchi: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  21. ^ "Manga Review: Gimmick!, Vol. 1". Pop Culture Shock. June 8, 2008. Archived from the original on 2010-07-03. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
    Guie, Phil (June 8, 2008). "Gimmick!, Vol. 1". Pop Culture Shock. Retrieved December 17, 2011.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  22. ^ Guie, Phil (October 20, 2008). "Manga Minis, 10/20/08". Pop Culture Shock. Archived from the original on July 3, 2010. Retrieved July 3, 2009. 
  23. ^ Kusek, Sam (March 23, 2009). "Manga Minis, 3/23/09". Pop Culture Shock. Archived from the original on July 3, 2010. Retrieved July 3, 2009. 
  24. ^ Lien-Cooper, Barb (September 16, 2008). "Gimmick 3". Manga Life. Silver Bullet Comics. Archived from the original on September 18, 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2009. 
  25. ^ Aoki, Deb. "Gimmick! Volume 1". About.com. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  26. ^ Draper Carlson, Johanna (December 14, 2008). "Gimmick Book 1". Comics Worth Reading. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  27. ^ Draper Carlson, Johanna (June 13, 2009). "Gimmick Book 3". Comics Worth Reading. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  28. ^ Jones, Davey C. (June 9, 2009). "Gimmick Vol. 7". ActiveAnime. Retrieved 2009-07-03.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  29. ^ Douresseaux, Leroy (August 6, 2008). "Gimmick!: Volume 2". Coolstreak Comics. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  30. ^ Douresseaux, Leroy (December 7, 2008). "Gimmick!: Volume 4". Coolstreak Comics. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  31. ^ Douresseaux, Leroy (April 9, 2009). "Gimmick!: Volume 6". Coolstreak Comics. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  32. ^ Douresseaux, Leroy (June 7, 2009). "Gimmick!: Volume 7". Coolstreak Comics. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  33. ^ a b Thompson, Jason (September 21, 2009). "365 Days of Manga, Day 6: Gimmick!". Suvudu. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  34. ^ Reinhardt MacFarlane, Ysabet. "Gimmick! v1". Manga Life. Silver Bullet Comics. Archived from the original on June 28, 2008. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 

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