SPACE PINCHY (?????????) • Tony Takezaki • Dark Horse (2007) • Kodansha (Afternoon, 2001-2002) • 1 volume • Science Fiction Comedy • 18+ (language, extreme graphic violence, nudity, constant sexual situations)
Pinchy Pink, a sexy space thief who is descended from the legendary alien race of Pinchians, and her perverted, drooling sidekick Audrey Q (a visual reference to Audrey Two from Little Shop of Horrors), travel the universe in search of the “P-Parts,” relics of an ancient civilization. Although the tepid anime adaptation A.D. Police is his only other translated work, Tony Takezaki is known in Japan for his anarchistic science fiction comedies, and Space Pinchy–a parody of Golden Age sci-fi–shows some of his manic inventiveness. However, the blast-’em-up short stories quickly get repetitive, as does the constant T&A and Audrey Q.’s filthy comments (”Hey, Pinchy! I can see your whole poontang!”). With its mixture of robots, flashy computer coloring and art-by-speculum, it feels like a Hajime Sorayama story in Heavy Metal magazine.
This is a borderline one-star manga. It’s a shame that Takezaki’s better manga, such as “Dr. Kishiwada’s Scientific Affection,” haven’t been translated. (Actually, I think it’s also a shame that he never finished the “Genocyber” manga adaptation, but I think I have to give that one up…)
Today’s winner is Cheyenne M. of Michigan! Congratulations, Cheyenne! Your manga is on the way!