Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition Volume 6
By Leroy Douresseaux
April 17, 2012 - 11:55
Publisher(s): Viz Media
Writer(s): Oh!great, Christine Dashiell
Letterer(s): Steve Dutro
$17.99 U.S. $21.00 CAN, £10.99 UK, 400pp, B&W with some color, paperback
Rating: M (Mature)
Rated “M” for “Mature”
Tenjo Tenge is a martial arts and seinen manga (comics for adult men) from Oh!great, the penname of Ito Ōgure (Air Gear). The series is set at Todo Academy, a high school dedicated to training students in the art of combat. The series focuses on the members of the Juken Club and their opposition, the Executive Council, which is also the student group that rules Todo Academy.
Tenjo Tenge Full Contact Edition Volume 6 cover image
VIZ Media is currently publishing Tenjo Tenge as Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2-in-1, which gives readers two volumes in one single graphic novel. Unlike the earlier English-language publication of the series, the Full Contact Edition retains the violence and nudity depicted in the original Japanese publication. Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2-in-1, Vol. 6 collects Vols. 11-12 of the Japanese editions.
As Vol. 11 begins, the supernatural smack-down between Sochiro Nagi and the monstrous Mataza Isumuji, on the holy ground of the Enmi family estate, concludes. Immediately afterwards, Sohaku steps in to determine Sochiro’s fate. The mysterious group “F” (Feathers) makes its next move when leaders Katsumi Kabuto and Tetsuhito Kagiroi send a powerful young woman, Madoka Mawari, to fight Bob Makihara.
As Vol. 12 begins, Bob Makihara is hospitalized, so his pal, Masataka Takayanagi, takes up the battle against the shockingly powerful Mawari. The stress of this duel may turn Takayanagi to the dark side, but both contestants will soon find themselves fighting side-by-side to save their lives. Enter death personified, Fu Chi’en. Can Bunshichi Tawara – the Exorcist Tawara – save them?
THE LOWDOWN: As I’ve written in earlier reviews, I like Tenjo Tenge. I love martial arts, be it movies, animation, or comics – especially if the combatants have supernatural or paranormal powers. Of course, this story is told through art and graphics, and creator Oh!great offers some eye-popping illustrations. In this sixth collection, however, there are so many awe-inspiring double-page spreads and splash pages that I thought this volume was my gift for fight-comics Christmas. As a martial arts story, Tenjo Tenge does not skimp on explosive battles full of supernatural whatnot, nor is there a shortage of T&A, innuendo, or even comedy.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Battle manga readers looking for sexy, ultra-violent, R-rated, martial arts will like Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2-in-1.
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