Kill Me, Kiss Me 4

December 30, 2004

I’ve not been doing reviews so often lately, because of a busy semester end as I’ve already mentioned, but also because as soon as I got home, I got a Gamecube for Christmas :p This was a volume I picked up right before coming home, and I saved it to read here and review.

I don’t really have that much to say about it, unfortunately. As I’ve said before about it, Kill Me Kiss Me is a series I really have to convince myself at the store to buy, because it doesn’t seem that appealing, but when I get the volume home I know I’ll be rewarded. This has been the case with volume 2 and 3, where it seems like the story metamorphoses into something new each volume (starting off as a romantic comedy with a female lead, then moving on to a completely new, unconnected female character (with a crush on the boy from volume 1) trying to cover up her violence-ridden past and turning the series to the various gangs that control the area, then volume three taking this and turning it into a romantic drama with multiple players). Volume four just takes the characters and situations in volume three and amplifies it, which is fine, but a little less exciting than what I have come to expect from this series.

As a result, we have a massive drama on our hands. Lin Lee, a new character and sister to one of the boys in Ghoon Hahm’s gang, makes her presence known as something of a troublemaker, and also marks herself as Que Min’s unwanted competition for Ghoon Hahm. The mysteries surrounding Jung Woo continue as well, with many of his quirky traits coming to light, but remaining unexplained. A boy named Kai also comes into town, challenging both Ghoon Hahm and Jung Woo to a turf war, of sorts, on the gang-related front of this series.

Series which rely solely on their romantic drama and angst bore me unless there’s something else interesting going on. This series has lost all its interesting parts in favor of turning into a romantic drama, and has thus put me off a great deal. About the only thing that still drives me crazy wanting to read is Jung Woo, who’s various quirks have at least been mentioned, but have yet to be explained. I will finish this series, as volume 5 is the last volume, and it sounds as if the mysteries of Jung Woo will be within. Though this volume was rather disappointing (for me anyway), the last volume promises to bring this series to a great conclusion, and I’m looking forward to it.

Kill Me, Kiss Me 2

November 5, 2004

It took me a long time to convince myself to spend the money on this one, mostly I think because several people caught me with volume one at school and I had to convince them that I thought it was terrible. I started believing it myself, though after reading volume two, what I remember of volume one wasn’t that bad in retrospect.

There was NO GENDERBENDING in this one. That’s why I buy this series! There’s a lot of mistaking Jung Woo for a girl, but no genderbending. So sad. It’s also weird how the plot shifts from Tae to Jung Woo. Honestly though, Jung Woo is much more interesting. Tae was a sort of girly tomboy, whereas Jung Woo is simply a mystery bishounen. This volume was better, even if there was no genderbending or, um, connection with volume one.

Actually, the plot of the manga actually shifts from a shoujo romance with Tae trying to land a model to a sort of narrative about high school gangs and gang violence. What? Can’t complain too much though, it’s better this way.

I really liked Que Min. There was a really weird focus on her for having just been introduced. In fact, she was the main character in this volume. It seemed like her personality was all over the place, which was a little aggrivating, but the fact she had the double life thing going as a street thug was just plain awesome. Nerdy girly pigtails by day, ass-kicking thug by night. She was a really great character. The best parts of the volume were where she doled out beatings to various gang members.