Club 9 Volume 1 (Club 9 (Graphic Novels))

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9781569719152: Club 9 Volume 1 (Club 9 (Graphic Novels))

She's cute. She's a barrel of fun. She's irrepressible. And...a bit of a klutz. She's Haruo Hattori, and now she's leaving her little country farm town, her boyfriend, and her loony family for college in the big city. Before she leaves, she makes a pledge that she'll remain true to her boyfriend, despite all the temptations a big city can throw at her, and the temptations pile up like cordwood when the need for a few yen to rub together nets her a job at Club 9, a hot hostess bar. The charming country girl lights a lot of fires in the hearts of the club patrons, and her short skirt is fanning the flames! How ya gonna keep `em down on the farm once they been to Club 9?

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Haruo Hattori has left her small farming hometown to attend college in the exciting city. She promises her boyfriend she'll remain loyal and avoid all the temptations metropolitan life might bring. Urban living is expensive, so to make ends meet, innocent and na‹ve Haruo takes a job at Club 9, a bar where the patrons are nothing like the good old boys she grew up with. Haruo's soon enjoying new popularity, charming loads of handsome men, living in a haunted apartment building and still trying to pass her college courses. Plus, she's getting tempted by the city's sins and finding it increasingly difficult to avoid giving in. Kobayashi has penned a funny, slice-of-life comedy. With her misunderstandings and naivete, 18-year-old Haruo is very much like the Beverly Hillbillies' Elly May Clampett or a younger Rose Nylund from Golden Girls. Much of what goes on around her goes over her head, but that's part of the series' charm. Kobayashi's art style, while fairly exaggerated with some of the characters, is highly detailed and refined in the story's backgrounds and non-human aspects. This series' first volume, with its Coyote Ugly-esque cast, is a wild ride, but the question remains: after living in the big city, can Haruo go home again? And will she even want to?
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From School Library Journal:

Adult/High School-This is slapstick comedy, manga style. Klutzy, small-town-girl Haruo goes to Tokyo for college. She promises herself to remain a virgin until she returns home to her high school boyfriend, now a farmer. After she sees a ghost in the dorm, she moves in with her friend Aki, who is a ginza girl at Club 9, where her job is to pay attention to bar patrons-lighting cigarettes and laughing at jokes. Haruo needs to make some money, so she soon joins Aki at Club 9, where her naive charm is a hit with both the patrons and the club's madam. Despite the somewhat mature subject matter, the broad humor makes this volume pretty tame, and the light nudity is in keeping with the character of Haruo as a lovable klutz-she sees the ghost in the shower and runs out. Haruo speaks in a Southern twang, with "y'alls" and "gits" that don't really fit with the Japanese setting, but does its job in playing her for a rube in the city. This is for an older audience than Kobayashi's cat manga What's Michael (Dark Horse), but high schoolers will find Haruo as charming and funny as the customers at Club 9 do.
Jamie Watson, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore
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