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US News "The ride-on king": when Vladimir Putin inspires ... a manga hero!

18:25  08 may  2021
18:25  08 may  2021 Source:   europe1.fr

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Le combo est improbable : Vladimir Poutine, héros de manga ! C'est le pari de © Yasushi Baba / Kodansha Ltd. The combo is unlikely: Vladimir Putin, manga hero! This is the bet of "The Ride-on King", written and drawn by Yasushi Baba, published in France by Kurokawa. The story features an avatar of the Russian President carried in a fantastic world populated by elves and dragons. A comic offset quite sympathetic.

Have you ever dreamed of seeing Vladimir Putin overlapping a dragon and fight with trolls? No ? It does not matter, the dream becomes reality thanks to the manga the ride-on king, created by the crazy spirit of Yasushi Baba and whose publication has just started in France with Kurokawa editions. Specialist in martial arts stories, this mangaka embarked on a much more crazy adventure for her last work by staged a hero strongly inspired by Russian President in a fantastic world populated with magical creatures. An outer bet but that exceeds the simple joke.

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Putin in the country of Dragons

The hero of The Ride-on King is called Alexandre Ploutinov . President for the life of the Republic of Prussia , it is a man with grip, master of the martial arts with an authoritarian tendency, erected in half-god in his country. In short, a caricature scarcely veiled from Vladimir Putin. But it's also a leader who bored. After chaining the military, horse or tank conquests, Alexander Ploutinov is stuck in the political routine of a head of state. Until the day when, following an attack, he wakes up in a strange world, in full in a fight between magicians and a dragon.

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This crazy concept seduced Gregory Hellot, editorial manager of Kurokawa editions, who decided to publish it in France. "When I discovered the manga, I was afraid that it is hardly more than a gag, which one laughs three chapters of this imitation poutine who rides dragons and then it turns around", remembers. "But Yasushi Baba has created a very built world behind, with rules. The quest for the hero is not at all artificial, there is a real continuity and a story that stands. It's a manga respectful of the kind of Heroic Fantasy. "

A proofreading of traditional

manga codes in fact, Alexander Ploutinov discovers a medieval world populated by elves, trolls and centaurs. As guides, he is alliance with Saki and Bell, two low-level magicians who teach him the basics of history and geography of the kingdom. "It's a manga that fits into the tradition of Isekai, a very popular genre currently in Japan who stages bad heroes in their skin transported by accident in a fantastic world. In general, it is Failed in our world who, thanks to their modern knowledge, are overcrowing in the other world, "decrypts Gregory Hellot.

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But again, Yasushi Baba twin the neck with kind codes. "First, Alexander Ploutinov knows nothing in the fantastic world in which he lands. The magicians, the dragons, the elves, all that does not speak to him absolutely. And then it is an adult, a fiftierenary who judges the events at The auction of his political experience. It's a very refreshing point of view, "says Kurokawa's editorial manager. Thanks to this offset, the reading of The Ride-on King is really pleasant.

A funny cartoon but no political

beyond humor, the adventure is also well controlled, served by very detailed and dynamic drawings. "Alexandre Ploutinov takes a passion for the Centaures and discovers with horror that they are enslaved by a caste of nobles. He therefore gives himself the mission of freeing them and to give them a territory to live in peace, a kind of utopia Communist ", summarizes Gregory Hellot. "The hero fights extremely well but we also see organizing political negotiations with local lords. His leader experience is used for history."

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However, despite the caricature of Putin, there is not really about political about The Ride-on King, which is above all a good entertainment. "Yasushi Baba defends himself to be pro-Putin. On the contrary, he hopes that his manga will have a scratch-haired side", specifies Gregory Hellot. In fact, Vladimir Putin's avatar amuses by her seriousness and the Machist Caricature of the Russian President, who spends his bare torso time, is sincerely funny.

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