In a future where insects have impervious to all known pesticides one pharmaceutical company has found the answer……
A 10.5cm tall, gun toting doll called hoi hoi san .
If the following description of one shot kill hoihoi san sounds weird, then may I direct you towards some other series. If on the other hand your still reading this and want to learn more – then carry on reading….
Originally a manga series by Kunihiko Tanaka, and published in Dengeki Daioh in 2004 [ they of Yotsuba& and Gunslinger girls fame] before being adapted into a PS2 game [along with a short OVA you can watch below], and later released in the west via infinity studios in 2007 , hoihoi san takes a stab at the commercialism and the inherent need of fans to collect every last piece of merchandise and accessories in an insane grasp to either keep with the Jones or out of sheer impulse buying – an act that, as we see with the main lead character and incurable hoihoi fan Aburatsu, usually leaves him out of pocket.
Sounds like me after a trip to a convention dealers room.
And its understandable why he’s so penniless – in each chapter we seem to see an ever increasing amount of additional extras that Aburatsu splashes out on – from extra outfits, to a remote control unit to excessively over the top weaponry – portable laser rifles anyone?
Obviously there’s some tough insects in Japan.
One of the upsides for this series is that, because of it being a one shot manga, the humour and the characters remain entertaining and fresh – my hat off to the creators resisting the urge to sponge this series for all it was worth. The art too is clear and excellently detailed and, along with the writing, enable the story to be told clearly and without causing any confusion or disruption to the pace of the story.
Another major plus is that the supporting characters in this series are equally as engaging and thought out as Aburatsu – Kimiko, the pharmacy assistant whoose inital love of hoihoi is quashed after her first i9ntroduction to hoihoi’s purpose as an insect destroyer
[warning:some goo involved] as well as fellow robot Combat-san – who it turns out [thanks to some unique anti competitor programing] becomes a long running villain to hoihoi san [not that she seems to notice!].
Finally, along with the colour section at the back of the book [which includes artwork originally only available in Japan] infinity studios have published everything from the original Japanese edition [which I think adds extra value to this book, even though it slightly more pricier than standard manga books available in the UK at this time]
sadly the only two quibbles i might with this series is that not only is this a complete series [with only 131 pages] but i think this helps to keeps the series from getting too monotonous fast.
The second problem is more problematic, as Infinity studios [who were involved with the English release] have ceased trading.
But for those of you in Japan, or who know anyone who is] take heart – Kunihiko Tanaka has been working on a sequel series [called, imaginably enough, Ichigeki Sacchu HoiHoi-san Legacy] which has been running in Dengeki Black Maoh since 2007.