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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: ICE Kunion
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 8-952744-713
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Bring It On! Vol. #02

By Eduardo M. Chavez     August 09, 2006
Release Date: April 01, 2006


Bring It On! Vol.#02
© ICE Kunion


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Hae-Kyung Baek
Translated by:Sunny Kim
Adapted by:Jackie Oh

What They Say
Things seem to go from bad to worse between Mi-Ha, the tomboy, and her handsome admirer, Seung-Suh. Mi-Ha ends up breaking Seung-Suh's arm in this book, and now against her wishes, she has to take care of him all day, everyday until his arm gets better. Could this be the start of their new relationship? Will the beautiful Seung-Suh finally be able to tame Mi-Ha, the wild beast?

The Review
MiHa has not been having a good time since she met the handsome but manipulative SeungSuh. After starting off on the wrong foot, you might have expected to see these to at each other's throats attempting to kill each other. Well, for a while they were, but as MiHa tried to avoid the young player, he just kept on coming after her. On the surface this relationship might have looked like some elementary school crush. Boy likes girl, so he tortures her. Well, the feeling might be mutual. MiHa breaks SeungSuh's arm with her stereotypical super-human strength and then its time for these two to get closer because of duty and because of a budding friendship.

When looking at Bring it on!, I do not see a standard shojo romance. Instead, I get a shonen comedy. The romance is there and it is growing, but so far Baek-sensei only uses it as a diversion. The focus is the relationship the two leads share. They are always fighting. Consistently, unrelenting these two cannot agree on anything, even if they share the same opinions about certain things. This dynamic keeps the pace fast as the jokes do not stop. Baek also mixes in established manga standards like the super-strong beauty and the angsty handsome punk living alone in a pigsty apartment each one abusive/irresponsible parents to reinforce the humor throughout this title. But this title is not just laughs. Baek always takes some time to present her characters as whole individuals. They have problems outside of love, friendship and fashion. They have problems with their families and health problems. So around the jokes there are real issues to overcome, but like in life sometimes laughter is the best remedy.

ICE Kunion does an fine job with this release. The cover design is very fun and while it does a poor job really expressing the personalities of the cast, I think it shows off the mangaka's character designs well enough. Inside the print is great. The book is a large A5 with strong inking and clean tone. All the bumper art was kept, but unlike the first volume ICE Kunion did not provide any extras. The translation has also improved, as ICE Kunion decided to leave in references to Korean pop-stars and provided some nice notes to help readers cross the cultural divide. Overall, a solid presentation for what is becoming one of the better high school comedies of the year.

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