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Monday Manga Review: School Judgement Vol. 1, Gakkyu Hotei

school-judgement-vol-1-gakkyu-hoteiAt Tenbin Elementary, there is only one way to settle a dispute – in a court of law! All quarrels bypass the teachers and are settled by some of the best lawyers in the country… who also happen to be elementary school students.

The accused this time is a boy named Tento. His crime? The murder of a beloved member of the classroom! Luckily for him, the state has sent him a defense attorney – Abaku Inugami. But is this wild young lawyer skilled enough to ronpa his client off the hook?

Kids acting like lawyers? The concept might sound bizarre, but the manga works for so many reasons and I found myself wanting more immediately when I finished this first volume. Thankfully there’s a few more already released for me to dive into.

Written by Nobuaki Emoki, School Judgement: Gakkyu Hotei takes mock-trial to a whole new level with what feels like real stakes, but what could be a serious tone has enough weird thrown in (baby judges!) to get you to smile and laugh. Emoki has put together what feels like a real world with a set of rules and a system of how to deal with everything that feels fleshed out and has had some real thought put into it.

The dealing with witnesses and gathering of evidence feels like it’s out of Sherlock Holmes, but the excitement amps up every time as scenes, like witnesses on the stand, feel like a battle is being waged. The manga has visuals worthy of any “battle” comic out there, except in this case it’s a battle with evidence and through words.

That excitement and battle sense is due to artist Takeshi Obata‘s work which just looks amazing. There’s an energy and excitement about the entire comic and the panels that I found myself really enjoying the series. And the infusion of style by Obata had me actually contemplating cosplaying as Abaku Inugami by the time I got to the end of the first volume.

And thankfully there’s more to come! More ronpa, more mystery, more manga please! No excuse me while I figure out how to get my hair right…

Story: Nobuaki Emoki Art: Takeshi Obata
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Viz Media provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

School Judgement Vol 2Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: Faith #3 (Valiant) – The biggest travesty about this series is that it’s only four issues long. It’s fantastic, and I want more Faith.

Judge Dredd #4 (IDW Publishing) – I never thought I’d enjoy this as much as I did. It’s a cool setting for the urban Judge, and I’m really enjoying seeing him as out of his element as he is.

 

Brett

Top Pick: School Judgement Gakkyu Hotei Vol. 2 (Viz Media) – I loved the first volume which has young kids acting as the prosecutors and defense for school infractions. The first volume ended with the mystery of a magic powder being passed around that’s rather addictive. This second volume continues that with a a new court case defending the person accused of being the one passing out the powder. Fun and entertaining and like no other comic I’ve read.

Darth Vader #18 (Marvel) – Marvel is crushing it when it comes to their Star Wars comics, and I look forward to every single one. If you’re a fan of that world, do yourself a favor and get these comics!

Power Lines #1 (Image Comics) – A particularly politically charged comic by Jimmie Robinson that has an African American kid whose powers only work when he’s in an upscale white community. Potentially interesting and I’m eager to check it out.

Street Fighter X G.I. Joe #2 (IDW Publishing) – There’s nothing deep here. It’s straight up characters from Street Fighter and G.I. Joe fighting. Just brainless fun.

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #51 (IDW Publishing) – The last issue teased the death of a lot of characters after a mutiny and being surrounded by the Decepticon Justice Division. There’s usually a twist and I’m excited to find out what it is.

 

Javier

Top Pick: Six #5 (451 Media) – The team lands in Mexico, and the war with the Cartel begins.

Four Eyes: Hearts of Fire #3 (Image Comics) – Dragons in depression era Brooklyn.  I waited like six years for this arc.

Power Lines #1 (Image Comics) – Interested to see where Jimmie Robinson goes with this one.

Ragnarok #8 (IDW Publishing) – Walter Simonson can do no wrong in my eyes.  Plus I like this new skeletal Thor.

 

VIZ Media Releases New Manga Series School Judgement: Gakkyu Hotei in February

SCHOOL JUDGMENT GN Vol. 1VIZ Media delivers tense courtroom drama straight from the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump as it announces the launch of School Judgement: Gakkyu Hotei on February 2nd.

The new series was created by writer Nobuaki Enoki and Takeshi Obata, the famed manga artist who achieved international acclaim for the hit series Death Note, Bakuman and All You Need is Kill. School Judgement: Gakkyu Hotei will debut in print under the Shonen Jump imprint and will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The series also launches digitally on February 2nd via VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and GooglePlay stores. New volumes will be published three times a year.

School Judgement: Gakkyu Hotei is set at Tenbin Elementary, where there is only one way to settle a dispute – in a court of law! All quarrels bypass the teachers and are settled by some of the best lawyers in the country…who also happen to be elementary school students. In the opening volume of the series, the accused this time is a boy named Tento. His crime? The murder of a beloved member of the classroom! Luckily for him, the state has sent him a defense attorney–Abaku Inugami. But is this wild young lawyer skilled enough to get his client off the hook?

Viz Media Announces New Manga and Novels

VIZMedia-RectLogo-NoTMVIZ Media has detailed a wide array of brand new manga (graphic novel) and prose novel acquisitions that include several notable titles to be launched during the Winter and Spring 2016 seasons.

The acquisitions were announced at the 2015 Anime Expo, the largest dedicated anime convention in the U.S. New shojo manga titles include Shuriken and Pleats, the new series by Vampire Knight creator Matsuri Hino; and Behind the Scenes, a dramatic new comedy by Bisco Hatori.

NARUTO: THE SEVENTH HOKAGE AND THE SCARLET SPRING

Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuting Winter 2016

Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. Then he channeled that energy into learning amazing ninja techniques and saving the world! Now Naruto has achieved his dream of becoming the greatest ninja in the village, and his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But new troubles are bubbling up in the shinobi world…

SHURIKEN AND PLEATS, Vol. 1

Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuting Winter 2016

Created by Matsuri Hino, the renowned creator of VAMPIRE NIGHT, MERUPURI and CAPTIVE HEARTS (all available from VIZ Media), when the master she has sworn to protect is killed, Mikage Kirio, a skilled ninja, travels to Japan to start a new, peaceful life for herself. But as soon as she arrives, she finds herself fighting to protect the life of Mahito Wakashimatsu, a man who is under attack by a band of ninja. From that time on, Mikage is drawn deeper into the machinations of his powerful family.

BEHIND THE SCENES, Vol. 1

Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuting Spring 2016

BEHIND THE SCENES is a dramatic new comedy from Bisco Hatori, the creator of OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB and MILLENNIUM SNOW! Ranmaru Kurisu comes from a family of hardy, rough-and-tumble fisher folk, and he sticks out at home like a delicate, artistic sore thumb. It’s given him a raging inferiority complex and a permanently pessimistic outlook. Now that he’s in college, he’s hoping to find a sense of belonging. But after a whole life of being left out, does he even know how to fit in?!

DRAGON FULL COLOR: FREEZA ARC

Rated ‘A’ for All Ages ·

Debuting Spring 2016

Akira Toriyama’s original, bestselling series is now available in a full-color version! After his epic battle with Vegeta, Son Goku must obtain the wish-granting Dragon Balls in order to resurrect their fallen allies! Their search will take them all the way to the planet Namek where the evil Freeza and his minions are slaughtering the Namekians in order to fulfill Freeza’s wish for immortality. What will it take to defeat this great evil?

LEGEND OF THE GALACTIC HEROES: DAWN

Debuting Spring 2016

This latest Haikasoru literary release was authored by Yoshiki Tanaka and launches a highly anticipated series of novels. In the 36th Century humanity has conquered the galaxy and colonized countless star systems. The Galactic Empire, modeled along Prussian lines, and the democratic Free Planets Alliance are at war, and the fate of every human being in the universe hangs in the balance. This classic Japanese space opera, which was adapted into a legendary anime, is finally available in English for the first time.

SCHOOL JUDGEMENT: GAKKYU HOTEI, Vol. 1

Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·

Debuting Spring 2016

In order to curb the crime running rampant in the elementary school system, a new solution has been enacted in the form of the School Judgment System. Now the young students themselves will be responsible for solving the issues that befall them. But are they up for the task?