Life Span: July 2008 – January 2009
Synopsis of the story:
In a Nut shell I kill Giants portrays the story of a young misfit whom has taken it upon herself to battle with the evil of this world with her little hammer “Coveleski”, Barbra is a teenager whom due to Home and school issues uses escapism to deal with her heartbreaking situation.
Why I loved it:
at first glance “I Kill Giants” is a clear cut fantasy book, with the usual manga Archetype:
lone misfit teenager set to save the world. But it is SO much more than that.
The main character Barbra has a very clear, realistic character development. Initially, she whole heartily believes in her fantasies, as dose the reader. However as Information is slowly revealed to us about her situation, you begin to question whether or not it is a fantasy or if she truly dose battle Monsters.
Joe Kelly uses the characters around Barbra really well to build an understanding of the world that Barbra is trying to escape from : on one side is her frustrated sister who is charged with caring for her. the caring child counselor who humor her fantasies in order to help barbra, despite not believing her, i feel that she is the most understanding of the supporting cast.
The Bully, a monster in herself Kelly. Whom actively tries to break the fantasy for Barbra and her “best friend” Sophia.
Sophia is used to reveal information to the reader, at first she believes that Giants exist, as dose the reader. Alongside her we revel in Barbra’s stories of giants and baseball hammers (you ll get it if you read it!) , However when Kelly reveals the Catalyst of the story, she as well as the reader begins to question the reality of what Barbra is up to.
the artwork is the main thing that drew me to this Novel, I just love the designs. Niimura was right not to use too realistic of style, it means you get lost in the fantasy of the tale. The Cute and Kitchy style, combined with the rough application and black and white colouring, means that the story’s serious themes are not lost to the fun spirit of the style.
Do I recommend it?:
ABSOLUTELY, but be ready with tissues, i know I’ve been vague, but that’s because i don’t want to ruin the story for you!!