One-shots about love are just about my favourite manga to learn. Whether or not it’s a josei, a shonen, or a yaoi title, or some other demographic, romantic one-shots permit the mangaka to inform a contained story with out the stress of a multi-volume sequence which results in tales feeling extra earnest. Don’t get me mistaken, I personal all 9 volumes of Don’t Be Merciless, however there’s a sure certainty with which one-shots are informed. That’s the case with The Lady With no Face.
Written and illustrated by mangaka Tearonaron, The Lady With no Face is revealed in English by Yen Press, translated by Caleb D. Prepare dinner, and options lettering by Binaca Pistillo. The one-shot takes place in Zabo City and facilities on a pair and, by way of a sequence of quick vignettes, the one-shot gives a glance into their life collectively. The one factor is that, because the title implies, the girlfriend doesn’t have a face. That’s as a result of Zabo City isn’t only a regular city, it’s the place the place yokai dwell, and Noppeko-chan is a Noppera-bō, a yokai with out a face. And her boyfriend, properly, he’s a human and utterly smitten along with her.
The one apparent challenge with the one-shot is that we don’t actually know the way Noppeko-chan eats, sees, or smells, however we all know that she does. Why? Nicely, she diets, she stares, and all of it leads us to consider that she had all of her senses – even when the shortage of mouth means she doesn’t discuss, however apparently, the shortage of eye doesn’t have an effect on her. It’s barely complicated, however which will come from my lack of cultural understanding of the folklore that the Noppera-bō comes from. That mentioned, even with this gnawing query, the story goes off with out a hitch.
There are cuddles, kisses, and in the end a show of affection and understanding made to go with out phrases. Love, in The Lady With no Face, is a sense, and particularly one which speaks louder than any phrases.
However whereas the celebrities of the story are Tearonaron’s couple, Zabo City is as a lot a personality as they’re. It’s crammed with yokai just like the Kudan and Hanako, and extra that construct out this fantastical world for the 2 to dwell in. Moreover, Tearonaron actively takes yokai that include worry, just like the Kudan who solely predicts disaster in lore (defined on a full web page of the manga) or Hanako, who’s synonymous with horror and makes them into pleasant inhabitants of a pleasant city. The Lady With no Face is as a lot a slice-of-life for Zabo City as it’s for our leads, and that helps the story thrive.
My solely critique is that we don’t get the possibility to see a lot of what Noppeko-chan thinks. Aside from just a few, every vignette begins the identical, with narration from her boyfriend, “I’ve acquired a girlfriend,” as he walks the viewers by way of small moments of their life. There may be confusion, misunderstanding, and mild, healthful love. However, Tearonaron switches in some vignettes to Noppeko-Chan’s perspective, however as a result of we solely see it a handful of instances, it left me questioning extra about what she feels. Now, it’s clear within the perspective we do get, she’s as smitten, however it will have been a pleasant addition to make this manga shine much more.
General, The Lady With no Face is an emotional learn that lives in wholesomeness and love. Tearonaron is ready to inform a life-time in solely 188-pages, and whereas I’d love to fulfill these two characters once more, this one-shot is completely nice by itself.
General, The Lady With no Face is an emotional learn that lives in wholesomeness and love. Tearonaron is ready to inform a life-time in solely 188-pages and whereas I’d love to fulfill these two characters once more, this one-shot is completely nice by itself.
Kate is co-founder, EIC, and CCO of BWT. She’s additionally a Licensed Rotten Tomatoes Critic, host, and creator of our flagship podcast, But Why Tho? and Did You Have To?. She additionally manages all PR relationships for comics, manga, movie, TV, and anime. She has an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Spiritual Research specializing in how popular culture impacts society.