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- Art Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: B-
- Text/Translatin Rating: B
- Age Rating: 16 & Up
- Released By: TOKYOPOP
- MSRP: 9.99
- Pages: 208
- ISBN: 1-59816-387-6
- Size: B6
- Orientation: Right to Left
- Series: Confidential Confessions: Deai
Confidential Confessions: Deai Vol. #02
By Connie Zhang
April 18, 2007
Release Date: September 01, 2006
Confidential Confessions: Deai Vol.#02
Translated by:Michelle Kobayashi
Adapted by:What They Say
What will happen to the "Peace" crew after two of their members turn against them? Will they be able to raise the one million yen they owe for their astronomical bar tab? And will they be able to stop selling their bodies before they end up losing their souls? The ultimate climax and conclusion in this confidential confession.The Review
Confidential Confessions manages to make a heart-wrenching premise ridiculous.
The first volume ended on a cliffhanger with Kaji and Nanase hazing one of the dissenting members of "Peace" as an example to the others who want out of the deai life. Add to that a one million yen debt and soon, the newly reformed "Black Peace" is back at work luring unsuspecting men on dates and robbing them blind. But the Sakura life is never that simple and before long, heroine Rika finds her friends in mortal danger. It seems that all the men they had wronged have banded together to collectively seek vengeance.
The stakes have never been higher as "Black Peace" members (and even their loved ones) are punished violently. Things escalate out of control when one girl is kidnapped and another is raped. But before Rika can go to the police, she herself is abducted and she recognizes the kidnapper! Twists abound in this concluding volume with a self-proclaimed "brutally honest climax that will haunt you long after the last page is turned." I don't know how brutally honest the climax is, but the absurd plot definitely haunts me with its abandonment of all the realism that once made this story enjoyable.
Everything that worked well in the first volume - the good pacing, the sweetness of Rika and Kiichi's relationship, the heroine's business savvy personality and the sense of risk on every date - have been thoughtlessly discarded for the illusion of a thriller. Reading the book was like watching a B-list horror flick. The personalities of some characters are carelessly bent and twisted to forcibly fit the plot twists, often disregarding all that came before. To make matters even worse, Tokyopop scraps the beautiful cover of the first volume for a poor imitation colored like raspberry cough syrup.
Thankfully, the art has managed to stay relatively consistent throughout and while it's pleasant to look at, there's really nothing remarkable about it. Confidential Confessions: Deai scores some points from me for novelty, especially of concept and cover layout, but it fails to pull my heartstrings no matter how many tragic events it shoves down my throat.