Book Review – CITY Vol. 1 by Keiichi Arawi

★★★★ 3.5 Stars

This CITY is the definition of quirky, but it certainly has nothing at all to do with an ancient bird statue. Definitely not. And nobody in this city uses said bird statue to hang out their laundry to dry, and no one worships it either. Nope, not in this city.

However, it is true that there is one girl in this city who owes several hundred yen to every single citizen, and it’s also true that planting expensive Haniwa statues in seemingly random locations is a popular hobby. This city might or might not also be home to a semi-demonic obāsan who demands chores rather than souls.

CITY is a quick, cute slice-of-life read. Light, surreal humour just dances in its pages. I especially like the weird little background details, for example the “wanted” posters at the police station showing overweight snakes and anime villains. The art style is adorable, though personally I feel like it would “pop” more if it had all been in colour, like the cover illustration. The characters are all off-beat and random, in a good way. In tone it reminds me somewhat of the more oddball American newspaper comics, like The Far Side.

Art – 4/5
Story – 3.5/5
Humor – 4/5
General – 3.5/5

I received a copy of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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