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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Manga Review: Franken Fran


Title: Franken Fran
Author: Kigitsu Katsuhisa
Release: Monthly
Status: Ongoing
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Seinen
Art: A
Originality: S
Story: B
Characters: A
Humor: A
Action: B

Impression: Let me start things off by saying that this series is NOT for the faint of heart, the easily offended and those prone to queasiness. Also, this is highly NSFW but in a different way from the norm although there is a little bit of the normal factors of NSFW but that gets overshadowed by the other reasons, namely gore and squick. This series is about a teenage Frankenstein’s monster named Fran and she operates a business where people come to her for these bizarre surgeries for whatever reason which often leads to nasty consequences. The protagonist has a warped sense of honor as a surgeon and carries herself with child-like innocence and wonder despite all the horrifying deeds she’s done as a doctor who treasures the sanctity of life. In fact, her assassin of a sister actually believes it’d be much more merciful to kill the people rather than letting them be subjected to one of Fran’s operations; you’d have to be inhuman not to agree with her. Basically, it’s Black Jack meets the Cthulhu mythos and if you think you can handle the giant insects, abhorrent crimes against nature, dead baby humor and the risk of looking like a sick twisted fuck, you’ll find that Franken Fran is a delightful blend of comedy, silliness and food for thought. And yeah, I like this series a lot.

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