Otaku News : US Edition Otaku News Postcard Campaign
Advanced Search
\ -


World Edition
UK Edition
US Edition
PSP Edition

Site Nav
Main Page
News Categories
DVD Reviews
Manga Reviews
Links We Like
Otaku News Shop

Site Info
About Otaku News
Link To Us
Contact Us

RSS Feed Details


Advert Space

/ \
Sponsored Link: Amazon.com
\ /

/ \

Tokyo Cycle Girl

Tokyo Cycle Girl
Review Date:

Reviewed By: Eeeper

Released By: JManga

Publishing Country: USA

Author: Wadapen

Age Rating: Teen Plus

Page Count: 160

Iruka Shimano, an airheaded girl who holds an obsessive longing for Tokyo. But then she gets invited by a friend to a mysterious club that "wanders around Tokyo on bikes"...?
I mean, really! What kind of person writes a story about a cycling club full of cute girls? A bloody genius, if you ask me. Tokyo Cycle Girl follows young Iruka Shimano as she arrives on the "mainland" in Tokyo of all places. I take it that sheís from Okinawa the way she goes on. Either way, everything she knows about Tokyo, sheís learned from her magazines. She's particularly obsessed by bicycles, that device popularised by Robert Redford and Burt Bacharach ( Iím showing my age here). Upon arriving in the big city she encounters a girl who is the total opposite of Iruka. Katou doesnít like Tokyo, and I suspect she hasnít liked the city for a while.

Of course, when Iruka comes into her life, they are obviously going to be roommates! The insane and excitable Iruka simply wants to be friends with Katou and be just like her so sheís constantly driving her crazy or knocking her out of the comfort zone. Katou just wants to be left alone. Sheís not being anti-social, she just doesnít see a point in being excited anymore. So she drifts aimlessly in a beautiful city, feeling like Robinson Crusoe. Thankfully, her man Friday, in the form of Iruka, has arrived. Iruka is the audience and the author at the same time. Sheís the audience because of her "Ooo, whatís this? Aww, whatís that?" attitudes to everything. Everything she knows comes from a book or a magazine. Itís a tired trope to have on excitable character in the cast but making her the main character was the right way to go. Her sheer energy makes everyone around her take notice of her and of themselves. Katou is a complete tsundere girl, I agree with Sean Gaffney. She acts indifferent but still she follows Iruka around.

The author is here in the minute details of the bikes the characters ride. What every cog does, what every add-on, whiz woz and doo-hickey helps with is described in loving obsessive detail. If you never knew anything about cycling, you will after reading this. Iruka finds a friend in Saika Kawagoe. After befriending her in the local bike shop, Saika takes her under her wing, helps her make upgrades to Irukaís bike and introduces her to the Bicycle Angels (itís the school bike club and yes, they are as embarrassed about the name as you are) and the only other known member of the club, Club President Yukimi Shouchikubai, Yukimi rules the club with a velvet covered, feather filled iron gauntlet and Iruka completely falls in (adolescent) love with her after only meeting the president for five minutes. Katou doesnít want anything to do with this group because sheís ever so aloof about such things. By the end of the first volume, Katou is about two steps from caving in. But thatís a story for another time.

Not one thing or another, Tokyo Cycle Girl walk a line between irreverent and irrelevant, something that really good manga always do. Thankfully, JManga are doing a better job these days in the scope of their titles and Tokyo Cycle Girl is one of them. Itís a funny, ridiculous story with some reflective moments for good measure. Enjoy it, discuss and get back to me if you have any comments, if you like

Rating: 8/10
\ /


Recent News
An Interview with Toshimichi Mori of Arc System Works
An Interview with Katsura Sunshine
ReedPOP Acquires UK MCM Comic Con
RWBY Volume 5 - Premieres October 14, 2017 on Rooster Teeth FIRST
Silent Manga‚Äč Audition Round 9
An Interview with Masaaki Yuasa
An Interview with Danny Choo
An interview with Tim Clark the Curator of Hokusai: beyond the Great wave at the British Museum
An Interview with MichaŽl Dudok de Wit Director of The Red Turtle
The Red Turtle Review

Recent Manga Reviews

The Birth of Kitaro
The Birth of Kitaro
One-Punch Man - Volume 1
A Bride's Story - Volume 2
The Book of Human Insects
Shiawase Restaurant - Volume 1
A Bride's Story - Volume 1
Breathe Deeply
Bloody Monday - Volume 1

Manga Review Archive

Links We Like
Helen McCarthy's Blog
Lego Howl's Moving Castle
Emma Vieceli's Workblog
Jet Arts
AnnaTheRed's Bento Factory
Tokyo Mango

Link Archive

Essential Reading
Anime News Network
Pirate Anime FAQ
Otaku Calendar

Johnny Wander
Three Panel Soul

Dead Tree Magazines
Giant Robot
Neo Magazine UK
Otaku USA
Shonen Jump
Protoculture Addicts

Anime Companies
Bandai Entertainment
Manga Entertainment
Media Blasters
Urban Vision

Manga Publishers
Dark Horse Comics
GEN Manga
Kodansha Comics
Yen Press

US DVD Retailers
Akadot Retail
DVD Empire
DVD Planet
Right Stuf
Tower Records

Import Retailers
CD Japan
Tokyo Otaku Mode

/ \
All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners.
Everything Else ©2002-2017 Otaku News