Manga Review: Bakegyamon Volume Three

Bakegyamon Volume 3 has the story and art done by Mitsuhisa Tamura, and the original concept for the series came from Kazuhiro Fujita. Vizkids, an imprint of Viz Media, holds the North American rights to distribute the manga in the United States. This English adaptation, which is presented as an “unflipped” release, was done by Stan!, with a translation done by Labaaman, HC Language Solutions, Inc. This edition of the manga was published in 2009. Bakegyamon is rated “A,” which means it is suitable for readers of all ages.

Bakegyamon Volume 3
Written by: Mitsuhisa Tamura
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 4, 2009

This volume starts exactly where Volume 2 ended, with Sanshiro and Mohawk starting into a “Pushing Buns” contest. During the course of this volume, Sanshiro battles against Mohawk, London battles against Rio Ruijima, Shiori Fumizuki battles against an unnamed opponent, Mick battles against an unnamed opponent, Raiya Innami battles against an unnamed opponent, Yukinoshin Kaburagi battles against an unnamed opponent, Sanshiro battles against Toru Kureiri, Mitch battles against Sanshiro, the remaining players get to relax at a hot spring resort, and Sanshiro battles against Raiya. This volume is chock full of various battles, as the game of Bakegyamon heats up. Whenever Sanshiro is in a battle, he’s always conscious not only of his own creature, but he tries to find ways to win his battles without harming his opponent’s creature.

Even though I find Sanshiro’s feelings for the creatures admirable, it still reminds me a lot of Ash Ketchum from Pokemon. Overall, I still really don’t see much that makes Bakegyamon stand out from other “fighting” manga series.

The art style really hasn’t shown much change from the previous two volumes in the series. While some of the newer characters introduced still have a derivative-looking character design, I’m not coming up with other characters they resemble as easily as I did in the previous two volumes. Hopefully, this is a sign that Mitsuhisa Tamura started going to a little more effort at this point when it came to character design. And since there was a lot of battles included in this volume, there were more “busy” panels in this volume of the manga in comparison to Volume 2.

After reading this volume, there really wasn’t anything to make Bakegyamon feel less like a derivate work than the previous two volumes had. However, if you enjoy “fighting” manga titles such as Pokemon Adventures and Yu-Gi-Oh!, then you might also find enjoyment in Bakegyamon.

I wrote this review after checking out a copy of this manga volume through the King County Library System.

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