Mars 11

February 25, 2012

Fuyumi Soryo – Tokyopop – 2003 – 15 volumes

While this volume does begin to touch on the roots of Rei’s family problems, it’s actually Kira’s family that makes trouble once again. There’s some bittersweet moments as Rei continues to face reality and realizes the road ahead is harder than he thought, but it’s nothing that would put an end to their current lifestyle.

Good thing Kira’s stepfather is always good for shaking things up! He calls around to all of Kira’s friends until he finds out where Rei lives. He shows up. You can imagine how badly this goes for everyone. Dark sides of both Rei and Kira come forward, and it’s a sad thing. This time, their attack towards him isn’t entirely justified. Granted, that man should never be allowed anywhere near Kira, but he is her legal guardian, and wasn’t doing anything to harm Kira, he was merely worried when she disappeared from home without a word and wanted to come bring her back. It’s understandable that Kira would react as she did, but Rei’s attack… that’s harder to deal with. It makes both he and Kira a little more ugly, and that’s not entirely a bad thing.

There’s some aftermath to this issue, and that fills up the rest of the volume. It also drives Rei into the arms of his family, something that was only a matter of time at this point. There are some surprising revelations on that front, and Rei’s father is still a mystery, but after all that drama, and after Rei and Kira both give in to the fact they aren’t adults… the volume ends in a surprisingly good place.

Granted, as sweet as the last page is, it’s still a little unrealistic. But for emotional impact, it’s aces.

So, 11 volumes in, this is still a horribly addictive and relatively realistic soap opera. One of the best I’ve ever read. Track it down if you can!

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