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A unique journey of one girl’s struggle for justice, and sanity, in society’s dark underbelly.

By Sharkerbob, author of Graven

Sep 2, 2018: On her sixteenth birthday, Alexis is attacked by, and transformed into, a vampire. As she struggles to maintain a normal life, she finds herself stumbling into the role of a superhero. Almost immediately, any delusions of becoming a friendly neighborhood champion of the downtrodden is swept aside as she becomes deeply embroiled in the violent conflicts and power struggles of her city’s criminal gangs.

On the face of it, Entirely Presenting You has everything I find boring in a story:

-Teen main protagonist and smart-ass child sidekick characters. -Vampire. -Slow pace and long length. -Gang politics/gang war storyline. -Main character going hallucination-grade crazy. -One low-end superhuman with a generic powerset fighting entirely mundane threats with no further science-fantasy superhero world building.

And yet, I would not hesitate to recommend this serial. Despite the slow pace, nippoten is a very competent writer who really digs into the psychology of the character and makes the scenes flow quite naturally. Alexis undergoes radical changes over the course of the story, and the slow pace really helps in making these changes feel natural over time, instead of whip-lashing the character about.

The characters themselves do not feel like the stock archetypes one might describe them as. Alexis is a teen character, but her story doesn’t just follow the paint-by-numbers coming of age hero story you’d expect. The character of D, who comes in several arcs later, is a wily kid character who acts as an agent of chaos; the author does a great job balancing her innate childish personality with her extreme cleverness.

As for the actual plot, the author manages to create a complicated, but comprehensible underworld society that forms a richly realized setting. Even with the major players being larger than life characters in their own ways, the style of writing highlights their personalities while managing to not make them cartoonish.

Likewise, the story attempts to touch upon different genre tones within the purview of the gang war struggle. There are elements of superhero and horror trappings that lend to the atmosphere of the story without going to far in either direction. It adds flavor, without solidly defining the story as either genre.

Having spoken to nippoten directly, I know that his intent with this story was to explore the premise of a “superhero story with only one superhuman”, and so the lack of further super-power related worldbuilding is understandable, as it would just take away from the tone and feel of the story.

One complaint I think I can make that isn’t just a matter of personal taste: despite the slower pace of the writing, there are times when the story will, in fact, lurch ahead to get to events. This usually happens in Arc transitions; there is usually a small jump forward in time. This is normally not an issue; skipping a couple weeks here or there to get to the next important plot point isn’t a big deal, when one can easily surmise that the characters were just going about their daily life in the interim.

However, there are a few times when the time jump hurls you right into the middle of some big event, or the scene cuts off right before a big event, and the next chapter picks up in the aftermath of it. While this trick can sometimes be used to good effect, there are a few times in this story where the stories otherwise smoothly flowing, slower pace is sometimes knocked for a loop when it suddenly feels like we just missed a whole chapter where all the excitement happened. As mentioned, however, this is usually during Arc transitions, so thankfully, this effect does not break up the pacing of the individual Arcs themselves.

Lastly, I would like to comment of the art. Nippoten is a decent artist, and you can see his style improve over time, which is always great to see. There is a manga influence to his art, with Light Novel style covers and even 4-koma omake-style comic strips as bonus material. This helps lend itself to Entirely Presenting You having an almost Light Novel feel to it. With that in mind, those elements which border just on the cusp of being a little too ridiculous for such a mundane setting (such as the character of D), feel a bit more in place if you can imagine the story being adapted to an anime or manga, although I could also easily see it being a live-action Netflix-type series as well.

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