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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-56970-758-6
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Camera Camera Camera

Camera Camera Camera Vol. #02

By Briana Lawrence     February 20, 2008
Release Date: February 01, 2008


Camera Camera Camera Vol.#02
© Digital Manga Publishing


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Kazura Matsumoto
Translated by:Sachiko Sato
Adapted by:Sachiko Sato

What They Say
Akira loves Kaoru... He's confessed his feelings for him and is full of hopes for their future. However, one day when he's helping out by cleaning Kaoru's place, Akira finds a suspicious photo... Is Kaoru hiding something from him?

The Review
In volume one we were told that there was a “love pentagon” going on in the story. By the middle of volume two the pentagon is nearly an octagon… or some other multiple-sided shape. There are quite a few romances to keep track of in this story, but its surprisingly easy to figure it all out in this crazy penta-octa-weirdly shaped love type thing.

The relationship between Akira and his brother is resolved in a few short pages, in fact, the back of the book completely ruins how that whole mess ends by revealing Akira‘s declaration of love to Kaoru. While at first it felt like a major disappointment to have one of the biggest conflicts resolved so easily, it left a lot of room for Akira and Kaoru’s relationship to grow by not spending too much time on Akira trying to convince himself that loving your brother isn’t wrong (but it is, kids, it is). Like any good boy’s love manga, the love confession doesn’t get the guy that easily, and Akira has a whole new set of baggage to deal with in order to get closer to Kaoru. This volume focuses a lot on Kaoru’s past and shows a more serious side to him, one that Akira has to try and deal with in order to truly win the man’s heart.

This volume does an amazing job in showing Akira’s confusion and frustration as he tries to figure Kaoru out. It also shows his inexperience as he tries to keep up with the “adults” that he’s surrounded by, especially when more of Kaoru‘s past is revealed to him. And while Akira is the focus of the story, the manga gives all of the characters a time to shine. The characters are what make the story so good, they’re all written amazingly well and as I read I wanted to know what happened to all of them, not just the main two. The comedy is still there, but we also get a rather serious and touching story between Akira, Kaoru, and all of the other characters in the process.

Having read about five thousand volumes of boy’s love high school romance I wasn’t expecting much from this manga, but as I read the last pages of the final volume of “Camera Camera Camera,” I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable this story was. Kazura Matsumoto has managed to take a clichéd high school setting and make it a rather interesting story that’s full of plot twists, engaging characters, and one of the most satisfying endings I’ve ever read in a boy’s love story. Not everything ends happily and neatly, but it does end realistically and there is closure to all of the couples that were introduced in the story. This is one boy’s love series that I highly recommend.

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