Friday, May 4, 2012

We Were There, Volume 2

We Were There, Volume 2
Yuki Obata
Viz Media, 2009
$8.99, Paperback
March 9th, 2012

Genre: Realistic, Romance
Age: 14+
Description: Volume two continues the story of the growing relationship between Nana and Yano. As summer approaches, Nana tries to get closer to Yano who is still very distant. After school festivities, Yano finally confesses he likes Nana too and kisses her. Soon Nana finds herself in a relationship with him. For Christmas, he wants her to promise that she will never leave him and never cheat on him like his previous girlfriend did.
Opinion: This is the second volume in a so far so good traditional manga love story. The art is fun and sweet. The pacing and names are still sometimes confusing but I figure this will get better as the series progresses. There are many flashbacks that occur that aren’t really stated clearly that they are flashbacks until after you read them and it hits you that what you just read was a flashback and not something happening just now. This was an award winning series in Japan. I think most girls who are die-hard shojo fans will stick with this series from beginning to end (currently it is up to 15 volumes) despite its slow start and the awkward panel transitions and characters with similar names.

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