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Nosatsu Junkie, Volume 1

Review

Nosatsu Junkie, Volume 1

Welcome to the cutthroat world of Japanese teen fashion modeling. At every agency hundreds of girls with great figures and beautiful faces compete for jobs and try to get noticed by photographers, fashionistas and runway judges. In this industry the only way to get ahead is to dig up some dirt on your competition and exploit it for all it’s worth, crushing dreams and egos as you scramble to the top of the heap.

Unfortunately, new model Naka (a girl with looks so bizarre she’s described as having the “body of an angel and the face of a murderer”) doesn’t have either the smarts or the self-confidence to be ruthless with her competition, the perfectly poised teen supermodel Umi. When Naka accidentally discovers that the delightfully girly Umi is actually a sweet-faced, skinny boy, Umi offers to give Naka her first professional job in return for keeping his secret. The plot twists get crazier from here as the duo is forced to compete against each other, even as they struggle to keep Umi’s real identity under wraps.

Can a boy really make it as a top female model for more than a few jobs? Can a girl with the face of a dangerous criminal ever master the delicate poise she needs to book a modeling job? This story is about as divorced from reality as the real world of modeling, but if you can suspend your disbelief, the crosses and double-crosses (not to mention the awesome made-up fashion lines and boy bands) make for a surprisingly sweet and silly hour’s reading.

Reviewed by Alison Kotin on October 18, 2011

Nosatsu Junkie, Volume 1
by Ryoko Fukuyama

  • Publication Date: November 28, 2006
  • Genres: Manga
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop
  • ISBN-10: 1598166549
  • ISBN-13: 9781598166545