Saturday Issue Review: Shutterbox Vol. 1



The Saturday Issue focuses on the more visual books read here at In Libris Veritas; ranging from graphic novels to manga to game companion guides.

ShutterboxSource: Bookstore Inventory
Publisher: TokyoPop
Series: Shutterbox #1
Edition: Paperback, 160 pages
Genre: Fantasy Manga
Purchase:  Out of Print*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 1/5

When Megan Amano dreams, she travels to a place called Meridian University. Traditionally, spirits travel to the University to be educated before they are reborn into the world of the living. However, Megan is still alive and attends college in Santa Monica, California by day and Meridian University at night. One night, Megan peers through the shutter of her camera lens and discovers a mystery so deep that she begins to question her own existence and begins her search for answers.

Shutterbox fell in a category that I avoid when it comes to manga, gratuitously over the top. I’ve seen this series on shelves for the longest time and it wasn’t until I found a copy in my own store that I decided to try it, now I sort of wish I had left it alone.

When I say gratuitous I mean it. Megan Amano ,wants to be photographer but she’s a bit spacey when it comes to pretty much everything. She over exaggerates and freaks out at the smallest thing. The story itself has a pretty interesting concept. She finds herself at Meridian University, where spirits go to be educated before they are reborn into the world of the living. Megan is taken there while she is still alive, because apparently they have this weird exchange student program…oookay, I’ll go with it. Unfortunately I didn’t see much of an answer to any of the questions I had in this one. The characters are sort of stereotypical and sort of bland, and after 160 pages of this I’m not sure I want to know anymore about them.

Shutterbox was sort of a disappointment on numerous levels. While the art is pretty good, I just didn’t care much about anything else. The story is boring but exaggerated and the characters are just not worth connecting to. I won’t be picking up volume 2.

1 star

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2 Responses to Saturday Issue Review: Shutterbox Vol. 1

  1. Faye M. says:

    Ack! I’m reading your review and am turning away from second-hand embarrassment… what is that kind of premise, seriously?! I mean, it’s not that bad, but there having an exchange student in a university of spirits just really stretches the imagination, haha. There are so many mangas out there, and there are a lot of really bad ones, too, and I guess this is one of it 😦 Could’tve worked, maybe, but with the addition of bland characters, I wouldn’t want any of it!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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