I Shall Never Return 4

January 22, 2009

I only bought the first 3 volumes of this in an uncharacteristic fit of restraint, and for once I actually wound up wishing for the other two volumes.  Luckily I found volume 4 at Borders the other day, but it looks like I may have to wait a bit longer to lay my hands on the last volume.

I was a little disappointed that things just seemed to go around in a circle here.  I shouldn’t be, because it’s a drama-tastic circle, and really, a lot happens.  Things get pretty hot and heavy between Ritsuro and Kazuyoshi, and Ken seems rather… detached from it all.  The undertones between him and his step-dad have been toned way down, so it’s easier for me to take his leaving Ritsuro for India as a quest to better himself.

It’s kind of weird, because I thought Ken was leaving right away, but apparently he sticks around for awhile, then suddenly bails on Ritsuro when he finds out that he and Kazuyoshi have hooked up.  There’s a big dramatic scene between the three boys at the airport, and Ritsuro has to decide who he loves best and how much it means for said person to be with him.  Et cetera.  I’m downplaying it a bit, and it has been done better elsewhere… but man, that’s some good melodrama if that’s your thing.

The last third or so of the volume is Moeko trying to make Ritsuro feel better, and Ritsuro trying to make other people feel better and failing horribly.  That part kind of made me laugh.

There’s a bit of a cliffhanger at the end, I… think it’s a car-crash-are-the-characters-dead situation, but it could just be that the characters have stopped to investigate a car crash.  I’m not sure.  I’m looking forward to the ending anyway.

One Response to “I Shall Never Return 4”


  1. […] Panky at Boys Next Door. Sesho podcasts his thoughts on vol. 1 of Akihabara@Deep. Connie reads vol. 4 of I Shall Never Return, vol. 1 of Pluto, and vol. 6 of Le Chevalier d’Eon at Slightly Biased Manga. Deanna Gauthier […]


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