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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 8.99
  • Pages: 182
  • ISBN: 978-1-4215-0571-8
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Aishiteruze Baby Vol. #04

By Sakura Eries     November 08, 2006
Release Date: October 03, 2006

Aishiteruze Baby Vol.#04
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Yoko Maki
Translated by:Marie Cochrane
Adapted by:Marie Cochrane

What They Say
Miki Sakashita, a 14-year-old girl who is a distant relative of Yuzuyu, shows up to take Yuzuyu from the Katakura family. When Kippei tries to stop her, Miki pulls out a knife! Miki has run away from home and agrees to stay with the Katakuras, but will Yuzuyu be safe around this violent and angry girl?

The Review
A stranger, claiming to be a cousin of Yuzuyu's, shows up out of nowhere and demands that the Katakura family give her custody of Yuzuyu. However, the Katakuras aren't about to hand the little girl over to this Miki Sakashita. First of all, she's only 14 years old! Secondly, she has an attitude and does not hesitate to pull out a blade when things don't go her way! However, for some reason, Yuzuyu trusts Miki, and the Katakuras find themselves taking Miki into their house until the matter can be resolved. But will Yuzuyu be safe with this emotionally unstable, knife wielding girl around? As Kippei's time and energy are taken up dealing with these family related problems, Kokoro feels neglected. A good girlfriend is always understanding, but there are limits. Will their budding relationship survive?

As Maki comments in one of her notes, Volume 4 of Aishiteruze Baby is about Miki. Her character is believable, the way she is unable to communicate her troubles to the people around her and how her despair manifests itself in destructive behavior. Maki comments that she received a number of letters from readers saying that they could truly relate to Miki's situation. The one thing that I do not find particularly believable about the Miki arc is how the Katakuras react to Miki. Even if Yuzuyu does trust her cousin, I hardly find it plausible that Kippei would allow anyone who has pulled a knife on Yuzuyu to stay under his family's roof. After something like that, I would think that Kippei's protective side would kick in and that he would be calling Miki's parents, if not the police.

Extras in this volume includes a cast of characters/"story thus far" page, three pages of author's notes interspersed through the volume, the "Baby Diary," two pages of author's Q&A, and final greetings from the mangaka. All these extras are nice, but the formatting and alignment for the Q&A page are a bit off.


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