Kobato 3

March 8, 2011

CLAMP – Yen Press – 2010 – 5+ volumes

Sigh. So I just read a manga about textbook shounen manga, and what they are made of. If such a thing existed for feelgood shoujo manga, this would be it. It’s formulaic to a fault. The characters are boring, I can’t get into the conflict here, and the mysteries offered just aren’t enticing enough yet to make me want to continue. And yet here I am, three volumes in, and I’ll probably keep reading because I like CLAMP that much. They wrote X, after all. Maybe they’ll finish up that series after they finish work on this.

Anyway. While nowhere near as rotten as the first volume, there’s still not a whole lot going on here. The loan sharks are still closing in on the daycare, that much hasn’t changed, and it doesn’t get resolved by the end of the volume. We only find out that they are very determined, and that the head loan shark has a vested interest in the company. We also find out what Fujimoto’s link to Sakaya is. All of this is really… gripping stuff.

More interesting are the hints dropped by Ioryogi about his true identity and that of all the other vicious little animals he hangs out with. The more they talk, the more I want to know, and the more certain I am that they are somehow connected to Wish, especially since they discuss Usyagi (or Ushagi here, I guess) at length in this volume. That, more than anything else, is what makes me want to keep reading. Well… also, the art is still really amazing. I can never fault CLAMP for that. But art can only take you so far in a continuing series.

But all the other talk about love and helping people with their sad feelings and their wounded hearts and whatnot is putting me to sleep otherwise. Ioryogi keeps it from getting too stagnant, but I’m really hoping this daycare plot resolves itself sooner rather than later so that we can move on to something else.

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