Bring It On! Vol. #05 -

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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translation Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Yen Press
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-0-7595-2906-9
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Left to Right
  • Series: Bring It On!

Bring It On! Vol. #05

By Danielle Van Gorder     November 18, 2008
Release Date: June 30, 2008

Bring It On! Vol.#05
© Yen Press

With yet another obstacle in their way, will Mi-Ha and Seung-Suh ever find the time to be happy together?

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist: Baek HyeKyung
Translated by: Jackie Oh
Adapted by: Oliver Strong

What They Say
Everything seemed peaceful... Until a childhood friend of Seung-Suh came along and crashed his birthday party! Mi-Ha finds out that Seung-Suh dropped out school because of this friend, Eun-Yang. After that incident, they never met again - till this day. And suddenly, Eun-Yang gives Seung-Suh an ultimatum! But somehow, it became a wager between Eun-Yang and Mi-Ha. Will she be able to take this?! Bring it on!

The Review
With the trouble with Yun-Jin behind them, it's time to celebrate Seung-Suh's birthday. During the party he discovers that his old friend Eun-Yang is back in town. Eun-Yang is somehow connected to the incident where Seung-Suh almost killed the PE teacher, but nobody's telling Mi-Ha the details. When the two finally meet again, it's not the happy reunion that Seung-Suh was hoping for. Eun-Yang is bitter over what he sees as Seung-Suh's betrayal and abandonment of him when he needed his friend the most. What's more - Eun-Yang had confessed his love for Seung-Suh right before the incident happened!

In an attempt to make amends, Seung-Suh ends up making a risky bet. Whoever can get Mi-Ha to go out on a date with them on Friday wins. And if the winner is Eun-Yang, Seung-Suh has to leave and go to the countryside with him! On the surface, this looks like a sucker bet in Seung-Suh's favor, but he didn't count on Eun-Yang's almost magical ability to make a girl feel special. He draws Mi-Ha out initially with a promise to tell her about Seung-Suh's past, but as the two spend more time together Mi-Ha starts feeling actually feminine for the first time in her life. With no clue of what's at stake and a master manipulator pulling the strings, Mi-Ha may end up losing the relationship that she holds so dear.

This series is, in a word, absurd. It's over-the-top, ridiculous, and has not just one but a string of plot twists and devices that would strain even the most generous reader's ability to suspend disbelief. In fact, it's so outrageous that it ends up working really well when read as a parody of the high school romance drama. The conclusion is more of what the earlier volumes had to offer - cliche after cliche, writ large and turned bizarre by exaggeration. As a comedy, this has a lot to offer. Try to take it seriously, and you're just going to hurt yourself.


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westend 11/19/2008 12:41:37 AM

So it's not the next Kirsten Dunst vehicle?  I wanna see Kirsten and Eliza Dushku jumping around agian.



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