Gothic Sports Review & Ch3

May 3, 2007

Gothic Sports ch3 is up on Tokyopop’s Manga Player, for those who’re following the English release! Volume 1 comes out next week, and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.

Speaking of which, the first English-language review is up at Prospero’s Manga. The ranking score is below average, which seems to be due to it having a typical sports story. Not having read v2 myself, I can’t say whether or not Gothic Sports begins to break from this mold after the initial set-up. One part of the review did make me a bit curious:

In fact, in this first volume there is little to tell you that this was first released in Germany. Perhaps that’s proof of the saying that there are no new stories …

I can’t help but think this may just be because as manga-readers, we’re used to stories that take place in a cultural setting that is at times vastly different from our own. Germany (and Western European culture in general) is hardly as different from America as we might imagine.

Speaking of Tokyopop licenses, the German versions of The Dreaming v1 and Bizenghast v1 are both available for pre-order now, with a release date of November.


2 Responses to “Gothic Sports Review & Ch3”

  1. Ortwin Says:

    I think it’s pretty remarkable how good some German authors have become at copying the Japanese masters. At the same time it’s pretty sad that few seem to tell anything new in their stories. Maybe that will be coming later when they get some experience and grow up. ;)
    I found the idea of combining sports and gothic clothing to be so impudent and funny that it can almost be called great. At the end it’s really nothing new and exciting but still surprisingly solid and entertaining.

  2. elae Says:

    Well, like the review said– there aren’t really any “new” stories, just new ways of putting things together. ^^ I think I admire Gothic Sports so much because Anike Hage isn’t trying to do amazing new things… Gothic Sports is great just being what it is: a fun high school sports story.
    I don’t know if I would at all say copying Japanese masters, though, but that’s something else entirely.
    I do agree that most “global manga” artists, both in Germany and here, definitely have some refining to do. I guess that’ll come in time!

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