Friday, August 15, 2008

Switch vol. 1 Impression

Back on December 4th, 2007 when I wrote about Ral Grad I also spoke about Switch. I may take a look at a few more volumes for this manga, but if you are wondering about the volume 1, here you go.

Story and art by Saki Otoh and Nakamura Tomomi. Switch is the story about Kai Eto, the latest cop to join the Greater Kanto Narcotics Control Division. Eto is teamed up with the doll Hal Kurabayashi. The Narcotics Division is investigating the latest drug to hit the streets, DS also known as Dragon Speed (not that of Nintendo fame). DS is being run into the country by the Ryugen syndicate out of China and competition for these and other collars comes from the local Meguro Police department, so competition is fierce. One hitch, the Meguro PD do not have all the freedom the Narcotics Division does, and the two just don't seem to want to play nice. Eto is also very tentative for his work; afraid to take defense and fighting courses, but yet he unleashes an inner bad cop on one unlucky bad guy.

I'd love to get into more detail but to tell the truth I found Switch a little confusing. It really jumps around, hitting on two main cases, showing Eto's dark side once and never really capturing the reader's attention. The cliff hanger ending and bad cop Eto are the two story points that can really bring me back for more, but I feel that Switch does not know if it wants to be a mature Shojo book or hard core Shonen manga. Until Switch makes the choice I'm going to have to put this on the borrow list, as in get a friend to buy it and borrow it.

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