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Manga Kickin' Ass in Kickass

There were a few manga-related references in Kickass. Did you spot them?


 "C-celty? Oh god, what has science done?!"
 "C-celty? Oh god, what has science done?!"

 The cutout looked kinda like this. I don't think it was the exact picture though.
 The cutout looked kinda like this. I don't think it was the exact picture though.
So, I went and caught a showing of Kickass last night-- it was pretty enjoyable, but this is hardly the place to review it, ahem, Kotaku --but I did notice something of interest...like, for example, that Tokyopop was listed amongst the "Special Thanks" section, which I eventually realized was probably due to the .hack//sign cardboard cutout that stood in the comic shop where some of Kickass's action took place.

Additionally, Kickass's would-be girlfriend Katie professes to not be such a huge fan of superheros, but she says she digs stuff "like Scott Pilgrim and Shojo Beat." Yeah! Take that, Comic Vine! (Just kidding.) In retrospect I should have checked the special thanks to see if VIZ was listed but it ran by before I could think about it.

Anyway, it's certainly no surprise that manga, particularly shoujo manga, might be seen as more female-friendly than your average superhero comic...although Katie does move on to some Spider-Man, at least, throughout the flick. Obviously I'd have kind of liked it if she'd gotten Kickass (alias Dave Lizewski) reading some Skip Beat or something by the end of it, but hey, the guy was a little busy taking out criminals or something. 

Thought some of you might be amused by the references. And hey, if any of you caught anything I missed, by all means, share it in the comments.  
JackSukeruon April 17, 2010 at 10:45 a.m.
I have a nice Black Rose figurine. Pink hair though.
 
...What? It's "related".
Oishi_47on April 17, 2010 at 6:21 p.m.
I'm about to go see it in a couple of minutes. Now I know to look for cross promotions, sweet. 
 
*edit*  Ok, I saw it. It was cooler than I thought it'd be. Definitely worth my while. I did notice a small poster in the first scene at the comic shop. Behind one of the booths is a poster for something called "Genki Gear." All I could find about it was some merchandise. 
Animelove5on April 18, 2010 at 4:28 p.m.

I love when geek movied have geeky refrences.
John_Martoneon April 19, 2010 at 10:43 a.m.
@oishi_47:  Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised. Up to then I had assumed that the trailers and PR campaign would have spoiled all the fun, but it still kept me fairly engaged. They straddled a weird line of both over glorifying violence and also making it sickeningly brutal as well. Kind of a weird combination if you ask me.
 
I dunno, it felt like it was totally reaching when the female love interest started dropping some "Oh man, I like, totally like comics, sorta! They make good coffee!"
 
@gia:
Great photoshop Gia, you successfully marred the awesomeness that is Celty.
cfatalison April 19, 2010 at 10:47 a.m.
@RockmanBionics said:
" I have a nice Black Rose figurine. Pink hair though.
 
...What? It's "related". "
Black rose always have pink hair.....

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