Author: Nana Yaa
Published: January 16th 2018
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Say hi to Morrey Gibbs! A fisher-boy in a flooded world overrun with dangerous mutated animals known as “anomals”, he’s got his own problems to worry about. Namely, how everything he touches turns to gold! Sure it sounds great, but gold underpants aren’t exactly stylish — or comfortable!
Together with his otter buddy and new inventor friend Shelly, Morrey’s on a quest to rid himself of his blessing-turned-curse and undo the tragedy it caused. That is of course, if they can dodge the treasure-hungry bounty hunters…
*Thanks to Diamond Book Distributors for providing me with a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a review
Goldfisch has some similarities to other shonen manga I’ve read and anime I’ve watched but that does not make it any less creative or interesting. I wasn’t really sure if I would like it at first because the first chapter jumped into things pretty quickly and I wasn’t sure if I would like the character’s personalities, but that feeling wore off very quickly.
The main character Morrey Gibbs is a very sweet kid who still seems a bit new in his King Midas everything-I-touch-turns-into-gold situation which is not working out in his favor for multiple different reasons ranging from not being able to feed himself or dress himself without his otter friends help to aspects of the story that are very spoilery in nature. I really appreciated his role as the protagonist because he is very innocent, regrets the mistakes he makes and actively works to fix them. I also really loved his reasoning behind wanting to get rid of his Midas’s touch and how he isn’t completely driven, as some adventure driven manga are, by wanting to be the best or achieve his goals solely for himself. His character developed itself very well even in just the first volume and I already feel like I know who he is as a person pretty well. With that being said, he isn’t the smartest character and makes some mistakes and poor choices that could have been easily avoided.
I also really liked most of the other characters. Shelly is the only one I didn’t really care for because she seems to care less about Morrey as a person and a kid than she does about what he can do for her research when they first met. She did grow on me quite a lot by the end though she still isn’t my favorite type of character in general and can be kind of judgemental.
Without giving too much away regarding the plot, Morrey is being chased by a very shady group of bounty hunters because they think he has something they want, largely because of his Midas’s touch. I think that all of the different plot points are tying together very well too especially some of the mystery surrounding his father and his brother which both seem like they’ll shape up to be very important even beyond what has already been shown. Apart from Shelly there wasn’t anything I particularly disliked about it and I am very much looking forward to reading the next volume when it’s published in English!
Check out this link to read the first chapter of the book, some gorgeous illustrations and for a short interview with the author who I’m excited to see more from because it seems she’s just starting out!