V. B. Rose 1
August 13, 2008
Yay, I finally decided to read a Banri Hidaka series! I think I would have rather tried out “I Hate You More Than Anyone” first, but neither of the CMX series were in stock at the store where I saw this, so I settled. Not that this sounds at all bad. It’s got a really unique premise, sort of like Beauty Pop and its hairstylists. This time, the main character is a fashion designer (a really cool hobby/profession/skill that seems surprisingly underused in manga for how awesome it is), and she is drawn into a boutique that only designs wedding dresses. It’s a great premise, plus the covers are pretty. What more could I want?
I was nearly lost in the sort of vague mess that is the main character’s relationship with her sister. She blows up at her on the first few pages for getting pregnant and marrying her long-time boyfriend, a guy who is apparently very plain and sort of lame. Prior to this, her and her sister had been very close, but a lot of the volume is the main character alternating between being angry and apologetic towards her sister, and her sister just taking it passively. It goes to great lengths to explain that both sisters rely on each other, but it’s sort of generic stuff, and a bit hard to sit through when the rest of it is so good.
The main character starts out as a handbag designer, or really, just someone who likes making cool handbags for her friends and sister as presents. She apparently is somewhat well-known in the area since she always adds her signature butterfly to her creations, and eventually her reputation catches up with her when she is spotted by/runs into two men who run a custom wedding gown shop… the same two men who are making her sister’s dress, of course. I’m not too fond of either of the men at the moment, but the fact that they make custom wedding gowns goes a long way to endear me to them.
So far, so good. I’m not sure where things will go after the sister’s wedding dress is finished, and I’m not sure if I want the main character to stay with dresses, start making her own accessories (likely wedding-themed to go with the shop she now works at), or both. It’s a great plot, and so far I like it a lot.