Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Series Update: Crossroad 2 & 3


To see our review of Crossroad, vol. 1, click
here. We followed up this review with one of Crossroad vols. 4-7.

These two volumes are full of romantic pining, confusion, and comedy -- which is standard fare for shojo manga, but the dialog is so fresh and believeable that it singlehandedly keeps the story from going stale. Kudos to Go!comi for having the guts to publish a manga where a high school student dates a teacher, risky as that is.

I would give these two volumes a 3.5, same as the first volume, for injecting fun into familiar relationship problems (everyone's too terrified to actually speak their minds, of course...) and handling a tricky subject (students dating teachers) with humor, yet drama. From how volume 3 ends, I'm guessing 4 will begin a new problem cycle. Check the bargain bins for this one -- I cleaned out the dealers at Otakon and got these cheap!

Crossroad, vol. 3 is available from Right Stuf, Intl., an online retailer specializing in anime and manga.

- Miranda

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