Honey Hunt 5

February 13, 2015

Miki Aihara – Viz – 2010 – 6+ volumes

I’m not sure what happened to this series.  It went on hiatus in 2010, and I don’t think Miki Aihara has made another series since.  I was waiting for this series to resume to read the rest of what I had, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

I used to LOVE Hot Gimmick, even knowing that the characters were terrible to each other.  I was also a lot younger.  I’m not sure if Honey Hunt is worse (it probably isn’t, since Q-Ta at least sort of treats Yura well), but I think my tolerance for such things has matured with time.

Basically, this volume is a fighting match between Q-Ta, who wants to date Yura, and Keiichi, her manager.  Keiichi is an adult, and his behavior bothers me a bit more than Q-Ta’s does.  Q-Ta’s got a bit of an obsessive stalker thing going (“I want to talk to Yura.  I wonder if she can stay out two nights in a row?  She’s not answering her phone, she says her schedule’s full, but I miss her.  I want to see her face.”), but he’s not openly awful to Yura, and seems to really like her, which is nice.

Keiichi seems to be telling Yura not to date Q-Ta because he’s jealous.  Which… no.  No.

Add to that the chapter on Yura’s awful mother, where we find out that she’s been putting Yura down her whole life because she doesn’t want a single person to think Yura is better than her in any way… uh.  Right.

Q-Ta does make a jerk move at the end of the volume, and his motives for doing so are pretty slimy and infuriating.  There is a nice guy dating candidate for Yura (because she needs at least three), but he’s in a distant third right now.

Yura is also… not that interesting.  Her motivation for being famous, that she wants to be more famous than her d-bag parents, is pretty weak.  And she’s otherwise unremarkable, aside from the fact that every character in the series claims she has a natural magnetism.

Sigh.  I missed you, Miki Aihara.  I do wish I could lose myself in this one again, because despite all the awful stuff, I’m a terrible sucker for shoujo drama, and this is top notch.  One more volume probably won’t be enough to pull me back in.

2 Responses to “Honey Hunt 5”

  1. Kathryn Says:

    Aihara Miki has been busy serializing a Sex in the City style working woman romance titled Goji kara kuji made (From 5:00 to 9:00) in Cheese!, and the series is currently at nine volumes. It’s a fun and interesting story, especially since the classic Aihara elements of dubious consent are mitigated by the fact that most of the characters are adults.

    I can’t help but wonder why it hasn’t been released in translation. Is it because of the bed scenes? Is it because two separate male high school students pursue romantic relationships with women in their twenties? Or is it because the audience that would have once appreciated Aihara’s particular brand of trashy romance has now largely moved on to yaoi?

    I’m sure the explanation is tied to something far more prosaic (like licensing contracts), but it’s still fun to speculate.

  2. Anna Joleen Says:

    I wish she would bring back this series. I loved it so much! And I was one of the few who love Q-ta. I get fired up just thinking about it.


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