Anime rules! Literally. In Revolution Baby
the UK is ruled by a party which enforces a law that 'all citizens shall exhibit
behaviour to characters in anime and manga at all times.' Sounds great
doesn't it - women clad in skimpy clothing fancying all the average guys?
That's ok, but the random robots, killings and censored genitalia may make you
think again! As you have probably guessed, Revolution Baby is a
satire of anime/manga, and being created by a UK artist, the UK scene as well.
As I mentioned before, Revolution Baby satirises many
shows and genres, as well as a few British shows as well. The references
are numerous so there is no space to list them and it would only ruin your
enjoyment of this excellent manga. The only flaws that can be levelled at
it are the lack of background and detail occasionally, but this is simply
Brown's style and the characters still look great. Some of the
references made by the manga may also alienate newcomers to anime, but this
should only encourage them to find out what those references are.
Revolution Baby, surprisingly, contains more extras
then most of the bigger titles! An introduction from the artist/author, an
art gallery of the characters (including fan service!)
and a small article charting the 'evolution of revolution'. A special
mention must go to the cultural notes though as they are very funny! A lot
of the background gags will be missed and they are listed here. Well worth