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Gaba Kawa by [Takada, Rie]
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Demons like Rara are supposed to cause mischief in the mortal world and draw humans to darkness. They're not supposed to help mortals and they're definitely not supposed to fall in love with them! But that's just what happens when Rara enters high school, where a hot guy named Retsu Aku calls her "Gaba Kawa"!

While demons gain power by causing mischief, the opposite is also true--if Rara uses any of her powers to help mortals, she'll immediately lose that very power. If she loses enough power, she'll disappear! Poor Rara. What's a "Gaba Kawa" demon to do?

About the Author

Rie Takada debuted in 1990 with SP girl in Japan's Sho-Comi Issue 17. She is also the author of Punch!, a romantic comedy about martial arts. Her other works include WILD ACT and Happy Hustle High.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 146991 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media: Shojo Beat (June 11 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F3HJ84Y
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa79a9fcc) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
HASH(0xa79d4b10) out of 5 stars Good, But Not Great Feb. 7 2009
By ZepysGirl - Published on
Format: Paperback
First things first: you should all know that, although it says "Volume 1" up there, implying that there's more than one book, Gaba Kawa is a one-volume short story. I mention this because for the longest time, I didn't buy Gaba Kawa because I was hesitant to get hooked on a new series. Darn you Amazon! xD

That out of the way, onto the review!

Gaba Kawa is the story of a young demon girl's search for love. Rara, sent to Earth to cause nothing but mischief, finds herself falling in love with a hot human boy. So begins her wacky attempts to worm her way into Retsu Aku's heart.

This would be your normal romantic comedy except for one very important factor: whenever demons use their powers to help humans, they lose that power. Lose enough and the demon will disappear entirely! This brings up a question that every true shojo heroine must answer for herself: Is true love worth dying for?

Overall, I really liked this book. The characters were cute and entertaining. While it sometimes strayed from total believability (come on, it's a story about a love-struck demon!) I'm glad I bought it, and I plan to check out more from Rie Takada. If not for one small problem, I'd slap 5 stars on this baby and call it a day.

Since this is a one-volume series, the main question for me was: does it end well? Too often do I see short series scramble to wrap up everything in the last chapter. Unfortunately, Gaba Kawa falls victim to this. Instead of being a fitting conclusion to a funny series, it seems rushed and not very thought out. Gaba Kawa is a manga that just misses being "Great" and is instead regulated to merely "Good".

If you're in the mood for a quick read with cute characters, this is the one for you.

If you're in the mood for something that you'll want to read again and again... look elsewhere, my friend.
HASH(0xa79d4b64) out of 5 stars Demon Girl in Love June 9 2009
By Ellen W. - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read "Gaba Kawa" during its run in Shojo Beat, but I liked it enough to buy it later.

The story is probably not so original, but Takada adds some interesting twists to it that keep things fresh. The tone is humorous, and there are a lot of funny moments. Most of the humor depends upon Rara herself. She's kind of... weird for a shojo heroine, but that's what makes her interesting. She's always pulling some kind of stunt to get near Retsu. He's a pretty good character himself, though not as good as Rara. He's typically good looking, but he's more reserved than most shojo love interests, and he's surprisingly unpopular with the girls. The art is cute and lends to the light tone of the story. Rara's chibi forms are especially good.

"Gaba Kawa" might fall flat if it were a longer series, but it's good for a one-shot. The story is interesing and moves at a good pace. Takada also manages to put a lot of personality into her characters, which is very difficult to do in just one volume. This is a great manga to buy if you want to read something new but don't want to commit to a whole series.
HASH(0xa79d4f9c) out of 5 stars A very cute story. May 10 2009
By Meggie Boo - Published on
Format: Paperback
I grabbed Gaba Kawa one day while at my local bookstore because I wanted a new manga, but I didn't want to start an entirely new series as I still had a few I hadn't finished. I found the story and the main character, Rara, to be absolutely adorable. It didn't have an incredibly deep plot -as I expected since it's only one volume- yet the story was still very enjoyable. There were some hilarious moments due to Rara being somewhat eccentric.

If you're looking for something short and cute I would highly recommend Gaba Kawa.
HASH(0xa79d9378) out of 5 stars It is a lovely manga and I enjoy how well cared for it was Dec 28 2014
By Kaitlyn Fiscus - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was nervous with how it was priced, as to what condition I would recieve this book in. But it was only curved from being read a few times before. It is a lovely manga and I enjoy how well cared for it was. I was not decieved and the price was way cheap. If only there were more of this series than the one book.
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HASH(0xa79d91b0) out of 5 stars Kawa's Pleasures are Simple and Undeniable Nov. 24 2009
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Format: Paperback
This manga's title, which loosely translated means "so stubborn it's cute," tells a reader everything she needs to know. Gaba Kawa is so fluffy it almost floats off the page, and so persistently precocious it can hardly be resisted, buoyed as it is by Rie Takada's over-the-top artwork and airy-fairy plotting. (One can almost imagine Takada dotting I's with hearts or smiley faces.) Many of contemporary manga's rougher, more provocative edges are sanded into submission in this childlike outing; Gaba Kawa is for younger readers, newbies to the medium.

Yet tame need not be a dirty word, for Gaba Kawa is rich with simple pleasures, telling the story of Rara, a demon who visits the human world in search of another legendary demon, but instead falls in love with Aku, a human baring the demon's name. Rara swoons for the human's charms, helpless as she falls in love with him, even as she realizes he is human. (That said, Aku has his own little hiccup: He sees dead people, natch.) Takada's narrative finds a bit of dramatic tension in Rara's dilemma: The more she falls in love and surrenders to her new love, the more vulnerable she becomes. Indeed, selflessness spells extinction for demons.

Still, Takada--who fared better with Punch and Happy Hustle High--is in a playful, willfully naïve mode here, less interested in plowing fresh dramatic terrain than in reveling in the rainbows-and-unicorns of young romance. Gaba Kawa'sstoryline--cute demon girl falls for hot human boy; Buffy-lite--is breezy, helium-filled, and almost entirely incidental to its celebration of giddy innocence and cutesy characterizations. Takada excels at finding the humor, broad as it is, in her spunky characters and their star-crossed attraction. (Romeo & Juliet this isn't.) Rara is an adorable demon but completely inept at the dark arts, while handsome Aku's ability to see ghosts is among his only distinct qualities.

For a quick fling, though, Gaba Kawa's pleasures are simple and undeniable, beautifully and cheerfully drawn, a story sweetly told, a comedy through and through, suitable for young readers and those who are young of heart.

-- J. Rentilly