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Thursday, November 13, 2008 |
( 11/13/2008 07:32:00 AM ) Bill S.
"IT'S THE REBELLION OF THE OSTRICHES!" Doing some manga catch-up, I just finished the penultimate volume of Shinji Saijyo's Iron Wok Jan! Though the manga-ka clearly has no intention of resolving all the themes he introduced in the earlier volumes of the series (Jan and Kiriko will forever remain rivals in the same restaurant, one suspects), the direction he's taken with his final plotline pretty much seals the series. Where earlier cooking competitions were about preparing challenging and appetizing fare, the focus on the final contest has been creating food that tested the boundaries of presentation while still remaining flavorful. Our hero pushes the envelope about as far as it can go short of entering Pink Flamingos territory. But once the series unveiled its big (gross) secret, it's reached a dead end. Was fun while it lasted. . .