V. B. Rose 4
March 15, 2009
I actually kind of hated this volume when I read it, but that was before I realized that I had read the volumes out of order. Reading volume 3 helped me remember that the light-haired boy was Mitsuya’s brother, and Nagare was introduced last volume as another love interest for Ageha. I kind of like him, he’s got sort of a Hana-chan vibe from Fruits Basket in that he has the power to give people the willies from miles away. I’m not going to pretend I don’t like that gag.
But the main reason I hated this volume was that I do not like the mutual relationship between Ageha and Yukari and how fast it’s developed. It’s one thing to have something minor going on between them, and it’s another thing for Ageha to have a crush on Yukari, but… Yukari is 22 and Ageha is a ditzy 16-year-old girl. The age difference is a big deal. I do not like it. And to add insult to injury, both of them are participating in a mock wedding in this volume, and loving every minute of it. It’s really kind of weird. Then they go on a date at the end of the volume.
I like the characters themselves though, and I like that the story balances out all the time that Ageha spends at V.B. Rose with stuff she does with friends her own age. Friends are usually neglected when a hero or heroine gets involved with something outside of school, and it’s rare to see those characters develop further. I also still really like the novelty of the series being about wedding dresses.
Well. I don’t think Ageha and Yukari are going to confess their feelings for one another anytime soon. The novelty of wedding dresses will carry me for at least a few more volumes, but… Ageha and Yukari’s relationship really does bother me.