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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: 192
  • ISBN: 978-1421521589
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Captive Hearts

Captive Hearts Vol. #04

The series continues to work a gag at a time

By Danielle Van Gorder     September 04, 2009
Release Date: May 05, 2009

Captive Hearts Vol. #04
© Viz Media

Can the legendary Dragon Scroll provide a cure for Megumi's curse?

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

What They Say
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.

Suzuka becomes steeped in jealousy when she observes Megumi's interactions with Rui, the maid. But with the curse in the way, can Suzuka ever hope to have a normal relationship with Megumi?

The Review!
Rui's presence and her history with Megumi add a touch of conflict to the book, but as with the previous volumes the only real conflict comes from Megumi's curse and the way both he and Suzuka react to it.  They're both goofy for each other, that much is clear enough, but when Megumi starts to take their relationship a bit farther the backlash from the curse proves strong enough that breaking the curse becomes their only option.  Like it wasn't already, but at least now they're giving it some serious attention.

Happily, Kuroishi comes swooping down like a deus ex machina with the news that he's close to finding a way to break the curse.  Yay!  But the scroll that holds the answers is in China.  No, wait, it's in Japan.  No, wait, it' the house of one of Suzuka's classmates?  There's a lot of suspended disbelief asked for here, and it's kind of hard to give in, but at this point what's one more silly plot twist?

The scroll ends up being only a scroll after all, with something strange scrawled on it in blood.  But when Suzuka tries to take things a little too far, the dragon god finally makes his appearance by taking over Megumi's body, and sprinkles hints of revelations and clues to the final solution.  Onward now, to China!

The side stories are cute, adding a bit of background to several of the characters, but keeping with the last several volumes this series has foregone any attempts at telling any kind of serious story, and winds up being one gag strung to another by thin webs of story.  And with the gags slightly farther apart in this volume, the gaps are more apparent.  Matsuri Hino is well known for many things, but her storytelling abilities could still use some polishing.  The ending is in sight!


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