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Blank, Volume 1

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Blank, Volume 1

It's
a walking mailbox! It's a talking stone wall! No! It's Blank,
nameless international man of mystery and superspy
extraordinaire!


Or maybe not quite. Our man Blank suffers from amnesia, exacerbated
by a severe case of cluelessness and social awkwardness. Luckily he
has fantastic martial arts skills and a cute smile, or high school
athlete Aki Clark never would have given him a second chance after
she catches him spying on her from inside the trash can in the
girls' bathroom.


Did I mention that Blank isn't the smoothest customer? Just as Aki
is getting totally fed up with these creepy antics, Blank's
unexpected abilities come in handy when Aki unwittingly becomes the
target of a gang of international terrorists. In situations like
this, even an amnesiac teenage spy is better than no friends at
all.


Like its hero, BLANK can't quite decide whether it's a goofy
slapstick comedy or a spooky international thriller. Watching Blank
try to negotiate the hurdles of life in a fancy private school
while simultaneously "protecting" and stalking Aki is hilarious ---
it's easy to see why she can't take him seriously until danger
strikes. As usual, I could wish that Pop Mhan would tone down the
fanservice shots of scantily-clad high schoolers in favor of a
little more plot, but it's clear from the cliffhanger at the end of
Volume 1 that the series has a lot more thrills in store.


Girls, look again at the awkward, giggling doofus in the back of
the classroom --- he just might be a 16-year-old James Bond.


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Reviewed by Alison Kotin on October 18, 2011

Blank, Volume 1
by Pop Mhan

  • Publication Date: December 12, 2006
  • Genres: Manga
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop
  • ISBN-10: 1598167790
  • ISBN-13: 9781598167795