Story/Art: Kyousuke Motomi
Adaptation: Bryant Turnage
Translation: JN Productions
Touch-Up Art & Lettering: Eric Erbes
Cover Design: Yukiko Whitley
Interior Design: Izumi Evers
Editor: Amy Yu
What They Say:
One day, Kyutaro Horikita, the tall, dark and handsome cleaning expert of Kurokado High, comes across a sleeping maiden named Fumi Nishioka at school…Unfortunately, their meeting is anything but a fairy-tale encounter! It turns out Kyutaro is a “Sweeper” who cleans away negative energy from people’s hearts—and Fumi is about to become his apprentice!
In the old building at their school, a mysterious room has a door that beckons Fumi, even though she shouldn’t be able to see it! Kyutaro goes in after her, but will he be able to save her before she’s devoured by otherworldly creatures?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
There’s a charm to QQ Sweeper’s straightforward nature and absurdity that I can’t help but love. The story is about Fumi Nishioka, a mysterious girl without family who needs a place to stay and can punch evil centipedes with no consequence when there should be. She runs into Kyutaro “Q” Horikita, who is a Sweeper, a dude who cleanses a person’s mind palace (a literal one, not the Holmesian one) with sort of magic and a broom and then literally cleans their room. The evil centipedes represent the negativity in their lives and the Sweepers are physical psychologists that try to make it go away. It’s a big metaphor for depression.
While never saying it, and while the one case so far in Sakaguchi isn’t clinically depressed, it deals with that kind of issue with a light touch. It’s saying that even the little helping hand will do the trick, even if it only starts the road to recovery. It’s nice and soothing to watch it happen in comic form and puts some hope in that it’ll end.
Fumi is a departure from a good portion of shojo heroines I’ve read. She’s strong and she knows exactly what she wants: a prince charming to be her sugar daddy. She’s literally trying to weasel her way into someone who can provide her with money and love to live, so she’s hardly the timid shojo heroine like Sawako in Kimi ni Todoke or even Kanata in Love at Fourteen. I like her candid attitude and it makes the comic just that much more interesting.
This was a good first volume of QQ Sweeper, but I was honestly hooked from the moment I read “cleaning expert” because that’s just absurd. How can you not want to read more?? But the content made it just as good as the absurdity of that one line suggests. It not really breaking too far out of the box, but it’s entertaining anyway. It really helps that Fumi and the hints they’ve given at a larger plot have been very interesting thus far. It’s hard to judge much more than this book has a lot of promise, though.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: October 6, 2015