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For all it’s flaws, I have to admit that I genuinely did enjoy this volume, but it’s still got so many holes and flaws in it it makes a pot holed country road look like a smooth drive.
As always with this series I need to keep reminding myself that most of the characters are female, especially when you look at this cover. At first glance it’s a guy, and it’s not until you look closely and see a hint of breast (well, as much of a breast as she has >.<) do we realise its supposed to be a woman.
The inside colour panels are okay, but nothing really impressive. Especially compared with some of the others in the series. It was a disappointing start to the volume sadly.
Unfortunately the art is as always, pretty ambiguous. Nan-Woo’s mum is still scarily anorexic, and once again it’s an issue for me, that and she looks even more like a guy in this volume than ever.
And of course Jay looks more like a girl than ever, despite being a boy. I wonder if they (Koreans) feel the need to change the sexes of their characters, but can’t, so change their sexuality. Since lets face it most Korean titles are heavy on guys who look like girls and girls that look like guys, especially in these shojo series.
The story is the actual saving grace of this volume, I found it really intriguing, and we finally start to get a feel for the characters.
Sadly, Nan-Woo is once again eclipsed by the support characters, which is a shame since in this volume her role was pivotal. She and Seung-Ha were supposed to have developed their relationship more, which they did to an extent. However both Jay and Nan-Woo’s mum totally over rode her, even in the scenes they were only slightly in.
The thing that saved this volume for me was Seung-Ha, he gets a lot of development this volume and I found I actually started to like him. Which is a hue change for me, since I was on the verge of out and out hate of the guy.
What I really liked about this volume is we got to see his human side, which is a great change from the way we usually get to see him, though it doesn’t last for long, then he’s back to being his usual annoying obnoxious self.
However the stage that was set throughout this volume was pretty awesome, and I have to admit that my once flagging interest has been re-sparked. I really want to see what Seung-Ha does, and how Nan-Woo reacts. Though I’ve given up on her ever having a strong personality and being able to stand toe to toe with her mum and uncle.
For the most part I have no issues with Yen Press’ work this volume. Though there were a couple of scenes which were heavy on the SFX’s that had large english translations right by them. This made an already cluttered panel look really cramped and a bit hard to read. I would have preferred the usual smaller translations.
Beyond that though there was no issues, a nice and smooth translation, no guttering, and no real issues with the editing as such. All in all this volume was probably the best out of the five volumes released so far.
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