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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translation Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 8.99
  • Pages: 210
  • ISBN: 978-1421519333
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Captive Hearts

Captive Hearts Vol. #02

By Danielle Van Gorder     February 18, 2009
Release Date: January 06, 2009


Captive Hearts Vol. #02
© Viz Media

Megumi has some stiff competition when it comes to the battle for Suzuka's heart, and his enemy may just know his secret!

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Matsuri Hino
Translation: Andria Cheng
Adaptation: Andria Cheng

What They Say
Fate plays an unusual trick on a privileged boy in this adorable shojo!

Carefree Megumi Kuroishi was living a life of luxury until the day a girl named Suzuka Kogami walked into his life. All of a sudden, Megumi finds himself kneeling at Suzuka's feet and prostrating himself like a servant! What Megumi doesn't know (until that very moment anyway) is that his family is cursed to follow the orders of the Kogami family.

Megumi decides he wants to become a formal servant of the Kogami family so he can be worthy of Suzuka's love. But when wealthy heir Hiryu arrives to claim Suzuka as his bride, can Megumi even compete?

The Review!
Megumi and Suzuka are trying to find a way to live together in peace, and break the curse on Megumi, when someone new comes along to upset the delicate balance between them - Hiryu, the son of a wealthy business man who wants to take a wife from an influential family, and he's decided that Suzuka is just the woman to be his wife.  The Kogami family guardian is just a nice bonus, of course.  He makes Megumi rather painfully aware of the difference between his and Suzuka's station, which is only exacerbated by the manservant curse.  Possibly even more disturbing is Megumi's reaction to Hiryu's guardian Shibata, who is distantly related to the Kogami family and triggers a manservant fit in Megumi!  What's more, he hints that he might know a way to break the curse, and he uses this knowledge to manipulate both Suzuka and Megumi.

Suzuka is so determined to free Megumi that she's willing to go along with Shibata's plan to make Hiryu's dreams come true even knowing that it'll trap her in a marriage she doesn't really want.  Even more terrifying, Megumi's mother comes for a visit!  She's not thrilled about the fact that Megumi's fallen prey to the Servant Curse, to say the least, and is determined to separate him from Suzuka so he has a chance at a normal life.  But she also needs Suzuka to remember an extremely traumatic part of her past that she had hoped to put behind her to help put a very bad man behind bars. 

With two rivals and the curse gone even more insane, the promise that the first volume seemed to have has been overshadowed by absurdity and plot twists that beggar belief.  Realism isn't exactly the series' strong point to begin with, but I had to resist the urge to roll my eyes at more than one point.  It's still an exceedingly goofy love comedy, so if that's your thing this is likely to please.  But if you're hoping that this'll turn into something more, the outlook isn't so good at this point.

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