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by Mira Lee

Ashamed of failing her high school entrance exam, a 16-year-old tomboy Sooha just wants to disappear off the face of the Earth. However, when she yells it out loud a mysterious stranger named Ganesha approaches with an offer. He comes from a magical realm called the Para Kingdom ruled by a female military hierarchy that enslaves the male population. Ganesha offers to grant Sooha's wish if she will help liberate the men. Thinking his country sounds like paradise, she instantly agrees. But, when she arrives the men look to her as their new leader and Sooha learns that fate has a funny way of leading people to their destiny.
Download Operation Liberate Men Volume 1 (v. 1) epub
ISBN: 1600092314
ISBN13: 978-1600092312
Category: Comics
Subcategory: Manga
Author: Mira Lee
Language: English
Publisher: NETCOMICS (November 6, 2007)
Pages: 197 pages
ePUB size: 1836 kb
FB2 size: 1551 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 250
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When I first heard about this series, I was intrigued by the premise. A world where men are discriminated against? A strong female character fighting for what she believes in? Secrets and intrigue? Magic and sword fighting? Sign me up! I picked up Operation Liberate Men expecting a unique, funny, and entertaining ride. What I got was so much more.

The book starts off a lot like a typical shojo, with a heroine convinced she is nothing special swept into an adventure. Once she reaches this `paradise', though, the reality of the situation sets in. Suha shows her courage and strength of character as she is forced to survive, and the tension and action in the plot are taken to a whole new level.

But this isn't to say that Operation Liberate Men is just a serious social commentary; what struck me about this book (and this series) is that it delivers a heart-pounding story at the same time as it poses questions. I've found myself evaluating gender and identity in society today plenty of times thanks to this series, but just as much, I found myself wondering what would happen next, what was going on in a certain character's head, and so on. Mira Lee knows how to write something that can be just as deep as it is fun.

This is the first book in the series. It stands alone as a great read, whether you're looking for something thought provoking or just interesting. At the same time, it works even better as a promising start to the series.

Some of my highlights:
* Suha knows martial arts, but she has a strong character, too (unlike many shojo heroines, who cry, complain, and depend on others too much for my taste)
* Suha isn't afraid to stand up for what she believes in and make her own decisions
* Suha grows from her experiences
* A nice blend of comedy, action, and suspense
* The book doesn't rely solely on the premise to capture a reader's attention
For Korean student Sooha, life is frustrating. People considered her too "boyish" because of how she looks and acts (the baggy clothes, the martial arts training) and insist she has to be more "feminine" to be happy and whole. Well, she doesn't need their intolerance. What she does feel she needs is to get into a good high school, but she does poorly on her entrance exams. She's very depressed.

Then she meets a beautiful person...a he or a she? Sooha can't tell. She's annoyed she can't tell, though she's also attracted. This person, it turns out, is a boy named Ganesha, and he mistakenly takes Sooha for a boy. That gets Sooha angry! However, Ganesha means no disrespect. Actually, he wants her help to liberate men.

To liberate men? Sooha doesn't understand.

Ganesha explains he's from a different world where the women are supreme rulers and the men are slaves. Sooha thinks this world sounds pretty cool and agrees to go with him; not to help liberate men, but to see the matriarchal world and how it works.

Once they've reached the world, they're separated. And soon Sooha learns that a world where women rule over men is...well, it's just like a world where men rule over women. It's unfair and often horrifying. The men are constantly degraded, and Lee makes a point of having them degraded in ways women have been and in some places continue to be. The men are denied education. The men are raped. The men are made to stay home whether they'd like to or not. The men are even killed if they aren't pleasing to their women.

The people in this world also mistake Sooha for a boy, so she's forced to face the same prejudices and is brought up to the slave block to be sold. She fights back, showing she refuses to be treated so badly.

Operation Liberate Men has many layers to it. For one, it's actually quite funny at times, occasionally darkly funny. For another, it can be very sad and touching. Nonetheless, its standout aspect, and what will catch the most attention, is how it deals with genders. It shows a very extreme switch of what we've seen in some cultures. It shows how absurd sexism is, whether it be against men or women. It also brings up questions about the forms of gender discrimination we face day to day.

In other words, Operation Liberate Men could be read exactly at face value and enjoyed. It could also be used for a topic of discussion about male/female relations and what gender really means in a society. Either way, it's an intriguing and absorbing read.
-- Danica Davidson