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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: TOKYOPOP
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 216
  • ISBN: 1591826500
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Ai yori Aoshi Vol. #06

By Mike Dungan     December 13, 2004
Release Date: November 01, 2004


Ai yori Aoshi Vol.#06
© TOKYOPOP


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Kou Fumizuki
Translated by:Alethea Nibley, Athena Nibley
Adapted by:

What They Say
Papa Don't Preach! In Kaoru's dream, Aoi announces that she can no longer stay with him. But the declaration turns into a revelatory nightmare when Aoi's father decides it's time for her to start seeing other men before committing to Kaoru. Will Aoi continue to be daddy's little girl? Or will Kaoru make her feel like a natural woman?

The Review
The Review: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Miyabi takes Aoi home to meet with her parents. She's only supposed to be gone for a day, but the days keep stretching away and there's no word from her or Miyabi. Kaoru has a nightmare that Aoi won't be able to return when he finds Miyabi outside his door. She's come to take him to see Aoi. As they drive, Miyabi breaks the uncomfortable silence be telling him about Aoi and what she means to her. Aoi is more than simply Miyabi's charge, and she will do anything to ensure her happiness. When they arrive, it's at a temple. Aoi seems fine and the two of them spend a few pleasant hours walking around the grounds together. Finally, Aoi admits what's wrong. Her father has set up a marriage meeting between Aoi and a prospective suitor. She refused, but after Miyabi pleaded with her to reconsider, she acquiesced on the condition she could see Kaoru first. Miyabi takes them to a private hot spring and then surprisingly leaves them alone. It's the first time Kaoru and Aoi have been together like this since those few brief days in Kaoru's little apartment. Miyabi's intent is for Aoi to leave the Sakuraba family and live with Kaoru like she's always wanted, but she's surprised to see Aoi and Kaoru still there in the morning. Aoi has a different and much simpler solution.

Next, we have a couple of special chapters. First, we follow Taeko around on a typical day working in the mansion. Then Tina manages to get Aoi to pose for her in a variety of clothes, from her kimono to a sailor school uniform, PE uniform including bloomers, a Chinese dress, nurses uniform, a full maid outfit, and finally, a bunny girl costume. Surprisingly, she's a natural at modeling and gets into it. In the end, though, it's Aoi and Kaoru who get the best picture. In the last chapter, Tina discovers the awful truth. She's gaining weight! It's diet time for our favorite party girl.

Comments
Ai Yori Aoshi continues to be one of the most enjoyable romantic comedies on the market. Aoi's devotion to Kaoru is endearing rather than cloying, and Kaoru is a strong and believeable lead character. The relationship between Aoi and Kaoru moves to the front in this volume, and the light-hearted chapters that following are the perfect follow-up to the previous drama. There is plenty of fanservice throughout, from an entire chapter of Aoi and Kaoru spending time in the bath together to Tina cosplaying with an unsuspecting Aoi. Fumizuki's art is enjoyable as well. The characters are attractively designed with a softness to everything. In the ongoing "Who Gets Naked Sweepstakes", in this volume, it's Aoi and Tina who stand and deliver. Literally.

Some pages appear to be just a little bit faint, though the art reproduction is pretty reasonable for a Tokyopop title. Some sound effects are translated, especially if they're spoken sounds, but the rest are left as is. It's better than most Tokyopop titles, but not as good as Viz or ADV who translate everything. The dialogue is terrific, well written and very natural sounding. I did notice a typo in page 167, "Special Chapther 2". In the front of the book are two pages of character profiles and character summaries. In the back is a glossary that talks about ema, the wooden plaques found at shrines for writing your wishes, and some bath trivia, incluidng the difference between a sento and an onsen. For fun, there is a two page game called Tina's Manga-lib, in which people provide key words to creat a silly story, which should prove a lot of fun at parties. Two more chapters of the funny Ai-Ao Theater are included, concerning Miyabi's car and waitressing skills. The cover is a sexy image of Aoi kneeling, her legs and feet bare and exposed. She's wearing a pale blue kimono and the background is a field of yellow flowers. The back cover is a snapshot of Taeko, Aoi and Tina in bunny girl outfits, red for Taeko, silver for Aoi and black for Tina. I now know what heaven looks like.

I love AYA's combination of romance and fanservice. I can't help but care about Aoi, Kaoru and everyone else, and I eagerly anticipate each volume. Recommended.

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