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Ark Angels

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Ark Angels

It's no mistake that Shem, Hamu and Japheth share the names of the biblical Noah's sons: these three girls have the monumental task of traveling through time to collect pairs of all the endangered and extinct species and gather them all on their mystical, whale-on-wheels ark to ensure their survival. (Yes, you read that correctly -- a whale on wheels...just go with it.) Having filled in for their father (he bugged out to a cooking class) at a conference of all the forces of the universe, including planets, sprites, elements, and animals, the three defend humanity's good side only to be challenged to prove humanity is worth a second chance. The three sisters do get distracted, most of the time by squabbling amongst themselves over who stole whose panties, why youngest Japheth must continue dressing as a boy, and how they are going to survive their daily lives as high school students in our own time.

As is often the case in such supernatural manga, the planets and animals in this Korean manhwa are represented by fantastical human forms: the Earth is an astoundingly beautiful young man who dresses like he escaped from a 1970s Glam Rock show, and each animal saved is seen as a beautiful human dressed in elaborate costume. This trend leads to some excellent outfits (who knew a fruit bat could be so handsome?), as well as amusing interactions between the trio of girls and their rescued animals. And just who is that hot guy from their school who keeps appearing when they're out on missions?

The crazy humor makes this series a great, light read, and the combination fairy tale, rock opera artwork makes the whole ride a beautiful trip through the creator's imagination.

Reviewed by Robin Brenner on December 13, 2005

Ark Angels
by Sang-Sun Park

  • Publication Date: December 13, 2005
  • Genres: Manga
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop
  • ISBN-10: 1598162624
  • ISBN-13: 9781598162622