Cover of Yonen Buzz vol. 1 (2005). Art by Christina Plaka.
|Original run||2005 – 2008|
Yonen Buzz is an original German-language manga by Christina Plaka and the continuation of Plastic Chew (originally entitled Prussian Blue, but changed in order to avoid association with the white nationalist band Prussian Blue). While Prussian Blue was published in German by Carlsen Verlag, Yonen Buzz was released by TOKYOPOP Germany. TOKYOPOP is releasing both titles in English in 2006. The release schedule is rather slow, as the author is a full-time Japanology student.
The series focuses on a Japanese garage band called Plastic Chew and their struggles to make it big while remaining true to their musical sensibilities and juggling school and part-time jobs. Internal conflict arises because not all four band members have the same talent levels and plans for the future; Saiyuri and Jun are romantically involved, but Jun is prone to psychological reliance on the man who raised him, someone the other band members don't trust.
The members of Plastic Chew are the orphaned Jun Imai, who sings and plays the guitar along with the only female band member, Sayuri Tsushima; the bass guitarist Atsushi Kato; and Keigo Miyake, the drummer.
The series is also published in Finland by Pauna Media Group.
|No.||German release date||German ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|01||April 2005||ISBN 978-3-86580-121-0||January 10, 2006||ISBN 978-1-59816-403-9|
|02||March 2006||ISBN 978-3-86580-122-7||May 9, 2006||ISBN 978-1-59816-404-6|
|03||July 2007||ISBN 978-3-86580-123-4||October 9, 2007||ISBN 978-1-59816-405-3|
|04||April 2008||ISBN 978-3-86580-124-1||—||—|
English-language critics were lukewarm towards Yonen Buzz. IGN's Richard George stated: "Yonen Buzz is what happens when you take interesting characters and do absolutely nothing with them." He described the "interesting and fleshed out" characters as the series' "greatest assets" and enjoyed the page layouts, but criticized the "repetitive character design" and that it "lacks a resolution to any plot". Rhia Docherty of Mangalife liked the concept of the series, but disliked the confusion in the panels and style changes, and that the concept failed to work and became confusing.
Critical reaction towards the prequel was relatively positive. Leroy Douresseaux of Coolstreak Cartoons wrote that the combination of "her composition and graphic design" inspired by shojo manga, manga targeted towards teen girls, and "the flavorings of shonen manga", manga targeted towards teen boys, "adds an essence to Yonen Buzz: Plastic Chew that makes for a fun read." While noting "plot contrivances" and that Jun is an "archetypal sensitive dreamboat", PopCultureShock's Phil Guie stated: "Yonen Buzz is, above all, about the idea that music, like a lot of artistic endeavors, is capable of bringing people together, and how joyous it can be meeting others with the same passion as your own." Writing for Mania Entertainment, Erin Jones commented on the "bland" character designs, "amateurish" art, and that some aspects of the plot were "ridiculously contrived". Jones concluded that while it might appeal to fans of the series, "Yonen Buzz: Plastic Chew is one of those titles that I’d just rather sweep under the carpet and forget about--particularly the first few chapters."
- "Manga+Comic: Yonen Buzz". Tokyopop. Archived from the original on 9 March 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- "Vanhoja julkaisuja" (in Finnish). Pauna Media Group. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
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- "Yonen Buzz Volume 1". Amazon.com. ISBN 1598164031.
- "Bücher: Manga: Yonen Buzz Band 2" (in German). Tokyopop Germany. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
- "Yonen Buzz Volume 2". Amazon.com. ISBN 159816404X.
- "Bücher: Manga: Yonen Buzz Band 3" (in German). Tokyopop Germany. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
- "Yonen Buzz Volume 3". Amazon.com. ISBN 1598164058.
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- Douresseaux, Leroy (19 March 2009). "Yonen Buzz: Plastic Chew". Coolstreak Cartoons. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- Guie, Phil (1 November 2008). "Yonen Buzz: Plastic Chew". PopCultureShock. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- Jones, Eric (13 February 2009). "Yonen Buzz: Plastic Chew Vol.#01". Mania Entertainment. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- Interview with the author at Animepro's website (German)