Rummanah Aasi
Manga Mondays is a meme hosted by Alison at Alison Can Read where bloggers can share their passion for reading mangas. It's a great place to get new manga titles to try and to meet new bloggers. Tsukushi and Tsukasa have broken up. Tsukushi and Tsukasa both have feelings for one another, but can they overcome big obstacles in order to be truly together?

Description (from the volume): Tsukushi has been unconscious for two days and wakes up in Tsukasa's cousins's home! This terrifying man saved her life and now he's courting her! What is the secret behind this mysterious cousin who so closely resembles Tsukasa, and what could be the reason for his intense hatred of Tsukasa? Why does Tsukasa not know anything about him?

Review: Volume 24 is set up like a mystery. There are two story lines going at the same time. One story line features Tsukushi spending time with the mysterious guy who looks uncannily like Tsukasa. The second story line features Tsukasa and Tsukushi's group of friends who are trying to figure out the real identity of the the mysterious guy. I don't want to discuss the plot further because it would spoil the huge surprise, but the suspense in this volume works really well as we are given bits and clues sprinkled throughout until the truth is finally revealed in a cliffhanger ending. I hate those!
  I really liked this volume because both Tsukushi and Tsukasa are different. Tsukushi is torn between wanting to help others and wanting to be true to herself. She her warring sides are shown quite well. Throughout this series, the socioeconomic differences between the characters have been a strong theme and it is emphasized here as Tsukushi acknowledges that she will never be on par with Tsukasa and his lavish lifestyle, but what Tsukushi doesn't understand is that Tsukasa loves her because she is different in every possible way- stubborn, willing to stand up against what's wrong, work hard at her dreams, etc. Through Tsukushi, Tsukasa learns the value of life. Like Tsukushi, Tsukasa is also in conflict with himself. He is struggling to manage his anger issues and wants to prove to himself that can be mature, take responsibility, and be worthy of Tsukushi's love.
  As for the mysterious guy, I'm a bit ambivalent towards him and don't know enough about him to make a decision. He definitely isn't good news, but he does have both shades of good and bad in him. I do think he serves an important role and hopefully, that role would lead Tsukushi and Tsukasa to be finally together.

Rating: 4 stars

Words of Caution: There is some language and sexual innuendo. Recommended for teens and up.

If you like this book try: Boys Over Flowers Vol 25 by Yoko Kamio, Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances by Masami Tsuda, Mars by Fuyumi Soryo
6 Responses
  1. Jenny Says:

    Yay for big surprises! Love when those pop up, though I very definitely do not love cliffhanger endings. Unless the next book/volume is already out of course. Then I'm fine with them. Looking forward to seeing what happens next week Rummanah:)

  2. It's interesting to hear how solid a setup manga actually has. Without yours and Alison's reviews...I'd have been clueless! Lovely thoughts, Rummanah :)

  3. How many volumes is this manga? Is it finished? Do you feel like there's enough variety in the story line to still feel fresh? I know Skip Beat has managed to stay good at over 30 volumes but doesn't seem like a lot of others can maintain momentum

  4. How do you keep up with all these? To answer your question about Anne Bishop's books. I loved the audio versions, I would highly recommend them, however the story line is complex so I intend to go back and read them to glean what I missed. I hope you try them.

  5. Oh, I have to know who the mystery guy is!! He must be related.So Tsukasa still has a chance? I hope so!! I'm rooting for him.

  6. @Alison: There are 36 volumes in the series so I'm almost there! I think the rocky relationship between Tsukushi and Tsukasa make me return to this series. There's also a new second story line which is about to emerge is also fresh and interesting.

    @Heidi: I take notes while reading, especially for manga since all the volumes blend together. ;)

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