Sharkboy and Lavagirl… for years, it’s a manga that has haunted me. Except it’s not a manga. It’s a movie with jailbait Taylor Launter. I must admit, I’m dreamy and I find him male.
One day, I noticed S ‘n’ L had some very similar aspects to a manga called “MAR”. So here’s a duo review of “MAR”, a great if tedious manga, and “Sharkboy and Lavagirl”, a horrible if George Lopez-filled movie.
Plot of Both: Boy is such a loser! It tries to make you see that he’s bad at basically everything, i.e. brains and brawn. He dreams of a magical world, and he thinks it’s real. No one believes him except for his best friend, a girl. One day, something shows up at his school to prove that he was right; the world is real. He goes to said world, makes friends, gets more powerful, and the best friend has a duplicate who is ice princess of that world. Also, he has problems with his parents and there’s far too much George Lopez in both. But in the end, his parents reconcile and George Lopez is a terrible actor.
This is where the two diverge. MAR is action-packed, kinda. It starts off goofy, with talking mustached rocks (my brother almost didn’t buy it because of that), but quickly becomes… ugh… a tournament manga. That’s when I started fading in and out of the series. It’s kind of hard to read when it’s the Tenkaichi Budokai plot. I like Tenkaichi Budokai, but that’s because I know it won’t go on for like, ten volumes. At 15 volumes, it’s hard to read this in one sitting.
At 95 minutes, Sharkboy and Lavagirl is even harder to watch. It’s… well, just watch!
You heard it here first, folks. “The Land of Milk and Cookies”. Four Oscars. One is a grouch.
It lacks subtly, but so does MAR. MAR’s got characters like “Jack” who grows beanstalks. Dorothy the Witch has OZ-based weapons. Not subtle.
I much prefer MAR, so all I’m going to say on that is “Great ending, everything is satisfactory. Only one of the characters is George Lopez (Babbo, and he’s awesome).”
As for Sharkboy and Not-Taylor Launter, I find myself screaming at its foolish attempts at awesomeness. Why is George Lopez four characters? One is too much to bear! And the kid literally PRAYS for a natural disaster to strike, just so he doesn’t have to go to school. You know, I got bullied a lot back in school. Thing is, I had only one friend, but he went to Dallas. So consider yourself lucky to have one friend, kid. S’more than I had.
Also, Tobor. Great. Robot backwards. Did it take you three months to think up that one? Because it would’ve taken me four.
Overall Opinion: I like MAR, even with its tournament spree.
Rating: MAR gets Three Fights out of Five. Sharkboy loses in the first round.