The Manga Guide to Physiology (Manga Guides)
Kumiko Karada has failed her physiology class. She has ten days to study for the make-up exam. Luckily, she is offered help from a (very cute) Professor Kaisei who needs an audience to practice his lectures on. As she flirts her way through basic physiology, Kumiko covers topics like the circulatory system, body fluids, and the endocrine system.
This is an unusual physiology overview crossed with a silly story written in the style of a graphic novel. I am not sure what the audience of this book is meant to be. It uses too many technical terms to be accessible to younger audiences, but the insipid plot will be a deterrent to people who are looking for an interesting read. The physiology content is probably high school or advanced middle school material, if they can get past the weak frame story. Each chapter has a comic section, which has the topic explained in dialogue between the two characters, followed by a more in-depth explanation. Unfortunately all the manga illustrations come across as silly, and the dialogue is just ridiculous, with a strange juxtaposition of science jargon and monosyllabic grunts. Maybe you should read it as a comedy?
|Etsuro Tanaka, Keiko Koyama, Ltd. Becom Co.
|No Starch Press
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