Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Reader's Diary #1348- Haruki Ueno, translated by Alethea and Althena Nibley: Big Hero 6 Vol.1

If I don't often read a book after I've seen then movie, it's even rarer that I read a novelization of a movie. There are, however, a few reasons why I made an exception with Haruki Ueno's manga novelization of Disney's Big Hero Six animated movie. The first is the setting. I absolutely loved the mashup of San Francisco and Tokyo, San Franokyo, and as we were headed to San Francisco, was keen to read books set there (sort of). Secondly, Big Hero Six was originally based on Marvel comics (though you'd never know that from Yen Press's manga-- there isn't a whisper of Marvel anywhere in this edition), but having seen the film, manga seems like it would be a good fit.

On the plus side, the plot seems identical to the film (if I'm remembering it correctly), and if you liked the film, you'll likely like this book. I found myself disliking the main boy-genius Hiro once again, but knowing that he comes around to be more likeable helped. It feels like a genuine manga, not something slapped together to capitalize on the movie. On the negative side, the movie isn't contained in this single volume and San Franokyo isn't highlighted nearly as well.


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