Thursday, July 19, 2012

Short Review: Dr. Haido's Experiment Note

There are so many manga artists on the scene now, it's impossible to keep track of them all.  Many of them aren't even listed in the Japanese wiki, much less in the English one.  Sites like Manga Baka Updates and Anime News Network do come in handy occasionally, because they'll at least have an entry for an artist, even if there's no detail or title list.  So, when I see a manga for the first time, I'll try doing an artist search to see what else they've done, if anything.  Often, I get nothing.


(Image from Manga Fox)

Dr. Haido's Experiment Note, by Yoshiaki Sukeno, Grade B
I actually discovered Haido (Hyde) by accident a year ago when it got uploaded to Manga Fox.  It's a silly little one-shot about a near-sighted, inept inventor living in his brother's house, with the brother's wife and daughter.  Haido loves making stuff like piggy banks that launch into space and have their own GPS, or flesh-eating godzilla dolls.  He means well, but it never occurs to him to launch the piggy bank OUTSIDE, and this sort of damages the house and inconveniences his brother's family.  One day, his niece, Airi, is kidnapped and held for ransom.  The police are helpless to act, and it's up to Haido to come to the rescue.

The artwork is kind of crude, and Haido's cluelessness gets on my nerves after a while.  Fortunately, it's a mercifully short story at 43 pages, and the rescue scene is funny.  I wouldn't say that this is a great story. but it's not that bad.

Now, the reason for mentioning this one is that Sukeno is the creator of Binbougami ga!, and I didn't know they were related until doing the previous review and then trying an author search.  So, if you do like Binbougami ga!, you might as well check out Dr. Haido's Experiment Note while you're at it.


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