Over the Rainbow

May 15, 2009

This was more spoils from the recent Right Stuf bargain bin sale.  I’ve actually been kind of curious about this ever since it came out… er, five years ago.  The cover and title always made it sound like a happy-fun shoujo one-shot, which is sometimes exactly what I want to read.

I did, however, have to hide it from my roommate, who would never let me hear the end of it if he saw it.

But yes, this really was a happy-fun volume of shoujo stories, sort of along the lines of the Tomoko Taniguchi books that CPM released.  There’s something extremely wholesome about these stories, and I can’t say why it is that there’s really nothing else like these light shoujo volumes that CPM published.

The stories here all revolve around three characters and their law firm.  Arou Bouya and Keita Daigo are two lawyers who have recently set up shop for themselves, and Key is their assistant, a young woman they encounter in an amusement part one day who has completely lost her memory.  Keita has the additional complication of having recently divorced his wife and is living apart from his young son.

Most of the stories are about the clients that come to the law firm.  They’re all kind of feel-good stories with happy endings and a moral.  For instance, the first story starts off with a little girl that bursts into the office to ask the guys not to help her parents with a divorce.  It turns out the parents are fighting because the female is getting somewhat full of herself after selling a script to a movie studio.  Turns out she only sold the script because her manager wanted to take advantage of her, and when that didn’t work out, he caused a car accident and tried to scam her out of a lot of money.  All the bad things are resolved, everyone learns an important lesson and lives happily ever after.

In addition to the occasional mention/full story dedicated to Keito’s family, there’s the additional mystery of who Key is, and it becomes more and more clear that Arou is attracted to her.  There’s nothing really surprising or out-of-the-ordinary (though Key’s background had me very confused, perhaps there were implications I was not picking up on), but it manages to be a sweet story all the same.

It’s a cute volume of stories, and I’m glad I picked it up.  It doesn’t do anything particularly well, and it’s probably not most people’s cup of tea, but I like books with a cheery outlook like this, and there truly aren’t many.