V. B. Rose 6Posted: December 25, 2009
Banri Hidaka – Tokyopop – 2009 – 12 volumes
Hmm. I waited so long to read this volume, and it seems like the story didn’t develop at all. Given how fast Ageha and Yukari were moving together in the early volumes, I was a little disappointed to see that neither moved forward at all here, and that both just drug their feet. Yukari is worried that he is making Ageha unhappy, and Ageha is worried that if she tells Yukari how she feels and he isn’t feeling the same, she’ll lose her place at the company and her happiness along with it. And round and round we go. I still don’t like Ageha that much, and I’m a little sad that the series is the-characters-beat-each-other-up-for-comic-relief-type, because there are still a lot of things I like about it.
Without the romance, I was focusing mostly on the wedding dress aspect, which is still completely fascinating and unique. Things do advance on that front, and Ageha begins doing professional work with her own designs for V.B.R. I do like seeing her grow as an artist, especially when she’s so enthusiastic about creating. Yukari also does a little bit of his own impromptu work, and it looks like his business is growing bigger and bigger. We get introduced to yet another freelance staff member in this volume, too, but this time it looks like the person may be out to rock the boat.
One thing… I had no idea that the Akiyoshi family was part of this series! I’ll have to go back and see now since I’ve read more of I Hate You More Than Anyone. Rei shows up at a school festival at the beginning of the volume, and Ageha mentions Kazuha, so maybe she was an older client? I can’t remember, but now I have to check. I always like it when mangaka use something consistent to unite their works, and I do love that Banri Hidaka seems to work a lot with the Akiyoshi family (she has maybe four other short series focusing on members other than Kazuha, too). Hmm.