Thursday, April 05, 2007

Series Update: Aishiteruze Baby v. 2 & 3


You know how I said the first volume of Aishiteruze Baby did stuff that I had rarely seen in manga? Well, never mind that. In the second and third volumes they didn't forge new ground or keep up the inventiveness, but instead just started using all of the cookie-cutter plot points that I have seen before in manga, especially in shoujo style titles. In retrospect, the relationship between the two now seems to spring up fully formed, and this odd relationship that Kippei and Kokoro have now seems to be based on Kokoro's trauma of a lost mother and since her father is moving away with his new wife, well, remember what I said about how most manga characters don't seem to have a full set of parents? True, it has become rarer in real life, but I am not asking for happy shiny people. Still -- maybe Miranda said this -- it appears that the most dangerous occupation in Japan is parenting, since they seem to die with unusual frequency. Does no one get divorced? I know it is infrequent in Japan, but it has to be less infrequent than this...

Short version: what was interesting and special about the first volume of Aishiteruze Baby gets covered up with standard shoujo fare in the following two volumes.

Aishiteruze Baby vol. 2 and vol. 3 are both available from Right Stuf, Intl., an online retailer specializing in anime and manga.

- Ferdinand

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