‘Ran In The Gray World’- First Impressions

Ran In The Gray World is a Japanese manga about a young sorceress who can transform into an adult when she puts on her special shoes. Even though she looks grown up Ran is somewhat naive of the perils of the adult world. The magical slice of life series by Aki Irie evokes a similar feeling to Rumiko Takahashi’s Ranma 1/2. There’s magical trickery, sexy transformation sequences, slippery scoundrels, and lovable characters.

Irie’s art is full of sensual charm and lush detail. While the overall aesthetic leans shoujo in appearance the story is seinen in subject matter. While slice of life is a little too “low stakes” for my personal taste, fans of the genre may find a new favorite. Additionally Ran In The Gray World wraps up in just seven volumes– a welcome respite from other manga series that never seem to end. As a series debut from manga creator Aki Irie, Ran In The Gray World is incredibly strong, and I look forward to seeing what she does next!

All volumes of Ran In The Gray World are now available from Viz Media.

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