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Shutterbox Volume 1: Orientation (Shutterbox, #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  378 ratings  ·  24 reviews
When Megan Amano dreams, she travels to a place called Meridian University. Traditionally, spirits travel to the University to be educated before they are reborn into the world of the living. However, Megan is still alive and attends college in Santa Monica, California by day and Meridian University at night. One night, Megan peers through the shutter of her camera lens an ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 7th 2004 by TokyoPop
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Gregory K.
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
I originally read this series when it was still being published by TokyoPop. Even though I was never a fan of American manga I found myself enjoying this work and looking forward to future volumes. How sad it was when the anime bubble burst and this series was quickly canceled before it reached the end. Recently on a whim I looked up the series online and found that they had continued the series years later, publishing it for themselves in an online PDF format. So here I am at the start of this ...more
Jody Mena
Aug 02, 2011 added it
Shelves: manga
I love this! An academy for muses! What could be more delightful? The dark, gothic atmosphere, combined with the strange, semantics - based allegories, twisted word plays and puns that border on the ridiculous, the fantastical fantasy landscapes and settings, the escapist metaphors of dreams paralleled with death and suicide... oh, I REALLY love it! I think you might have to be a little weird to really get into this - but in a good way! The characters are great, I'm quite curious about Damien - ...more
Lil' Violet
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shutterbox review

Art: Highly exaggerated an American attempted at manga style coming off as more cartoony and odd good for comedy manga but to bad this is a romance/ Fantasy B-

Characters: Megan is a girl who has am messed up life blah blah blah she isn't unique there is nothing about her to make her likeable or otherwise she is just there as the MC but really why? The characters are hardly explained who's who and why Two characters meet and it seems they know each other but nothing made sense
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Shutterbox fell in a category that I avoid when it comes to manga, gratuitously over the top. I’ve seen this series on shelves for the longest time and it wasn’t until I found a copy in my own store that I decided to try it, now I sort of wish I had left it alone.

When I say gratuitous I mean it. Megan Amano ,wants to be photographer but she’s a bit spacey when it comes to pretty much everything. She over exaggerates and freaks out at the smallest thing. The story itself has a pretty
Jun 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
There are 5 senses inside humans, humans are inside the 9 dimensions, the 9 dimensions are inside the universe, and the universe is inside the infinite multiverse.... and so on. This is the world of Merridiah. A world within worlds that only the dead can visit... except for Megan. She is a Shutterbox exchange student, the only living girl inside Merridiah. Her purpose? To learn how to become a muse, a living one. Unlike the rest of her peers, Megan will be about to use her powers on Earth to phy ...more
Sep 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl who has been invited to be an exchange student at the university for dead spirits. The university's students act as muses for people back on Earth until it is time for them to be reincarnated.

This volume deals with finding the university, realizing that it is real, and being sent out to find one of the university stewards in the "mindfields". In addition to all the stuff she has to deal with in the real world, like her self-absorbed mother, and the therapist
~Cyanide Latte~
I was not expecting to like this, much less get sucked into its story fairly quickly! But Shutterbox has caught me by surprise! The art is cute in a whimsical, perkigoth sort of way, and while not much happens in the plot of the story in this first volume (it's mostly just set-up and backstory) there's plenty of intrigue among the flying plot bunnies to rope you in and keep you wondering what happens next. I almost wish I'd read this when I was younger, but I don't know if I would have given it even half ...more
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nostalgia reading this after I haven't in something like ten years!
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
The premise is intriguing and fun. The art is beautiful. I enjoyed the adventure.
Dec 11, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-stories
It's a great premise, and if cutesy-tootsie heroines who overcome adversity by stomping their feet and talking to birds does not make your eyes roll out of your head, this is the book for you. There's a lot of Goth themes (my mom sucks, this world is boring, wouldn't be awesome if I fell in love with a ghost, etc.) but more of a Hello Kitty attitude.

The grating character development and dialogue aside, the art is downright beautiful. The talent is in the pictures.

But, there isn't en
Sep 09, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, fantasy, youngadult
I clearly had a different response the first time I read this because I bought the next volume, which, if I recall correctly, is better. Part of the problem here is that there's a lot of setup going on but not very much explication leaving things in a bit of a confusing muddle. I finished this feeling that I still don't really know what's going on. The premise is intriguing but I'm looking forward to re-reading the next couple volumes and remembering what the heck is actually happening.
Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I feel like there wasn't enough content for it to be rated higher than a 3 and let's be honest, it's pretty weird. I don't like any of the characters that much, including Megan.
Yet at the same time it was amusing and intriguing and it made me laugh (maybe not the most appropriate response, I don't know. I like the idea that Damien can't get into the Mindfield because his conscience is there - that was quite interesting! So yeah, I guess I'll read the next one and see what happens. :)
Dec 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
I want to like this series. There's something that makes me want to keep reading it, but there's also something that keeps me from doing so. I honestly appreciate the art and the general premise of the story, but something seems a little off about "Shutterbox."

I'm going to give it another try, someday soon, but I don't think it'll rank up there with my favorites, unfortunately.

Yeah, I know. My reviews are so detailed.
Jan 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
A fun, promising first volume! This is an American comic done in manga style, so expect the art to reflect that. I liked the art and found it suited the tone of the story well, but it won't be everyone's cup of tea.
This first volume was nothing spectacular, but I definitely enjoyed it and I'd like to read the rest of the series!
The Reading Writing Puppet
It's interesting but a bit confusing, although nothing major happens in the first volume. Girl just finds out she's in training to be a muse and a dude always dies.
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-book
Really good, and the art is pretty good as well the story flows easily and once you start you'll wish you bought the rest of them
Jul 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen-comics
read for fun
Joseph Teller
An interesting little Manga that goes in a different direction of many... the only problem is that finding the rest of the series was near impossible at the time at reasonable prices.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
It's like this erotic story I read once but without the good parts.
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Rosearik Rikki Simons is a voice actor, writer, and artist. He is most famous for being the voice of the robot in a dog suit, GIR from Invader ZIM. As an artist and writer he is known for science fantasy graphic novels such as Ranklechick and His Three Legged Cat, Super Information Hijinks: Reality Check!, and the unfinished six volume ShutterBox fantasy series, which he co-created with his wife, ...more