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MANGA REVIEW | "Dandadan" - Volume Seven

MANGA REVIEW | "Dandadan" - Volume Seven

The more I stop trying to guess what’ll happen next in Dandadan, the more I wind up enjoying myself. It’s a fact that Yukinobu Tatsu’s series is completely bonkers. (Perhaps it’s fitting that Science Saru will be making its anime adaptation!) And the more bonkers it gets, the more delightful it gets. And in Volume Seven, Dandadan welcomes one and all to Crazy Town! (No, not the band, thankfully.)

Where we last left off, Jiji was possessed by the Evil Eye. At first, Seiko and the others aim to exorcise it out of Momo’s childhood friend. However, during the exorcism, Jiji starts feeling bad for the Evil Eye, saying that he no longer wants him gone. Instead, Seiko begins to train Jiji to control the yokai from within. And in order to do that, he’s gotta get used to cold water.

It’s kind of funny seeing Dandadan take a page out of Ranma ½ with Jiji and the Evil Eye. However, where Rumiko Takahashi’s classic takes a hot/cold water situation and crafts hilarity and fan-service, Tatsu’s wild story instead takes that situation and creates chaos with it. So in order for Jiji to avoid becoming the monster again, he’ll have to train, or else live a life without cold fluids. I’d make a list here of the things Jiji would have to forego (including rain, frosty milkshakes, and wet t-shirt contest judging), but we’d be here forever!

That trouble is why Jiji is, at first, subjected to an exorcism. And according to religious rules, the yokai being exorcised needs music to keep it distracted. In the past, it’s always been traditionally centuries-old music. Thankfully, Dandadan doesn’t play by those standards, instead bringing in a thrash metal band that makes Momo, Okarun, and Aira head bang like they’re at Ozzfest 2003! And what a hilarious sight it is!

Yet it’s not the most laugh-out-loud moment in this volume. I never would’ve had evil incarnations of classical composers on my Bingo card, yet here it is in black & white. Okarun and Aira are dealing with this new headache, with the duo battling out these Classicaloids gone rogue. How they must face them involves music, and it ties all back to the metal band from before. It results in a delicious dose of mayhem, all drawn out beautifully and anaically by Tatsu.

But that’s not all that’s happening in this volume of Dandadan. We see that Momo and Okarun are growing more fond of one another. We’re only getting some hand-holding in cars and on the way back from Momo’s new maid cafe part-time job, but it’s making some solid progress. This is a shonen series through-and-through, and romance is normally second-nature compared to the main plot. However, because of how Momo and Okarun’s powers work, perhaps a coupling between the two of them will result in them becoming stronger in their fight against the yokai, but we will have to see.

For now, there’s a big focus on Jiji bettering his powers. On top of that, we’ve got some big trouble coming from the Subterraneans in the near-future. There’s a lot happening now in the world of Dandadan, but Volume Seven shows that these kids and the spirit medium grandma have things under control. Okay, they don’t, but it’s a blast to read through the zaniness nonetheless!

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Promotional consideration provided by Chantelle Sturt of VIZ Media.

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The J-POP king of America, Evan has been bringing the hottest sounds of the Land of the Rising Sun to the English-speaking public since his college radio days. He's also an expert in the gaming, anime, & manga realms, never afraid to get critical when the times call for it. Born & bred in Boston, he achieved his biggest dream yet by making the big move to Tokyo, Japan in Summer 2023! For personal inquiries, contact Evan at evan@b3crew.com. For press/band inquiries, write to us at thebastards@bostonbastardbrigade.com. (Drawing by AFLM of Wicked Anime)