Millennium Snow (2-in-1) vols. 3-4

August 23, 2015

Bisco Hatori – Viz – 2015 – 4 volumes

Woah, I never thought I’d see this one again!  I drug my feet about buying the last two volumes last year, and was rewarded with this nice omnibus.  I was rather fond of the first pair of volumes, and my opinion of Bisco Hatori rose steadily with each volume of Ouran High School Host Club, so I was somewhat curious to jump back in.

I was also happy the first chapter basically filled you in on what was happening.  Admittedly, I did not re-read the first two volumes.  I did take a quick peek though, just to see how the art had changed.

Unlike volume 2, the plot moves forward here.  Toya is still a quiet loner who has trouble interacting with people, but with each chapter, Chiyuki manages to push him further and further out into befriending regular humans.  She’s cheery, optimistic, and undaunted by his grumpiness.  She apparently has a fatal heart condition, but this doesn’t appear again until the end of volume 4.  I liked watching the sunny/grumpy pair interact.

After making some friends, the story focuses on Toya and Chiyuki’s relationship, and the final story arc introduces (sort of, he’s been hanging around) a vampire who’s an even bigger sad sack than Toya.  And if that’s not depressing enough, we also get to learn about Toya’s grandfather, which is another sad story about the pros and cons of memory and living a long time.

It’s a simple shoujo story, full of simple shoujo thrills.  There’s a very Tamaki-like werewolf, who I had also forgotten about.  The chapters about Toya and Chiyuki falling in love are adorable.  Toya is the most un-vampire-like vampire in shoujo manga, which is a shame because that puts butts in seats these days.  But I still thought it was a cute series, and it makes me happy that I have one less unfinished one languishing on my shelves.

Should you read it?  Well, if you like dark characters, and shoujo romance, and kind of liked Ouran High School Host Club, it might be worth giving a try.  The first two volumes are rather scattered, like early Ouran, but the last ones reminded me a lot of the quirky humor in that series.  It’s not a huge stand-out among short shoujo series, but there will be plenty of people who will enjoy it.

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