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  • Art Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: CMX
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 220
  • ISBN: 1-4012-0804-5
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Cipher

Cipher Vol. #03

By Ron Quezon     March 10, 2008
Release Date: April 06, 2006

Cipher Vol.#03

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Minako Narita
Translated by:Jonathan Tarbox
Adapted by:Jonathan Tarbox

What They Say
The beloved manga by one of Japan's foremost shojo creators takes to the road in this third volume! As the school year comes to an end, Anise finds her feelings for Cipher growing more complicated. And now the brothers are getting ready to leave for Hollywood. Will she be able to deal with the separation, or will she follow them out west?

The Review
The school year is coming to a close and summer vacation is fast approaching for Anise, Cipher, and Siva. Unfortunately, the twins have a TV shoot in Los Angeles and the twins will be there for most of the summer. In the meantime, the boys' feelings for Anise continue to grow. Too bad Anise doesn't know that! Cipher takes the initiative, but embarrassment and comedy abound.

Whether it's shopping, going to her baseball game, or buying her a bra-- Cipher hits one wall after another. Anise herself deals the deadly blow when she grabs his arm and says, "I feel like I'm with my dad!" By the time the twins leave for LA, however, Anise genuinely starts to miss them. After seeing them everyday for nearly three months, she starts scheming a way to get out to see them in LA. On the west coast, the twins' relationship is anything but brotherly. Siva, once the level headed one, starts getting moody, dyes his hair, and even walks out on Cipher. Will the brothers squabble until the end of summer? Will Anise make it out to see Cipher and Siva? Or will the twins have to spend the entire summer without her?

If you have been following the previous volumes, you should find this third installment to your liking. All of the angst, the outrageous comic developments, and complex emotional ties are still prominent. This volume is Cipher-centric, and the fun is seeing him go through a rollercoaster of feelings in his pursuit of Anise. Even when Siva says he won't compete for Anise, Cipher says nothing will come between the brothers. Though the twins have been inseparable, it makes you wonder if Anise will be the one to change all that...

Minako Narita works in female adolescent issues in previous volumes, and this one includes body development and dating. Though the storyline is a bit of a stretch, the author does an acceptable job of portraying both parental and peer pressure. Cipher's preoccupation and subsequent quest to find Anise a bra is a highlight of the volume.

A particular favorite of the extras is the author's fixation on Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins. It's even funnier when you realize that Anise's squash instructor looks just like Tom Bailey! Other extras include Chibi-Cipher and Chibi-Siva, splash pages, and character bios.

It is worth noting the improvement in the translation/ lettering in this volume. Sections with vertically oriented words (letters running from top to bottom) are limited to short phrases. There is much less confusion compared to entire passages of vertically oriented words.


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