Mixed Vegetables Vol. #07 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Hayato goes on a pastry tour – in France!
Writer/Artist: Ayumi Komura
Translation: JN Produtions
Adaptation: Stephanie Lucianovic
What They Say
Does Hanayu have the recipe for success? Can Hanayu discover the recipe for love? Leaving her internship at Sushi Hyuga to go on her family's annual trip to France is the last thing Hanayu wants to do. On the other hand, a pastry-research trip in Europe is Hayato's idea of a dream come true--can the two aspiring chefs ever catch a break? Plus, Hayato has become suspicious of patisserie assistant M'zawa, who has expressed an interest in Hanayu. As it turns out, both Hanayu and Hayato may have their wires crossed about what M'zawa is really after!
The end of the last volume seemed to indicate the story was headed into all-out love triangle mode, and -- it doesn't. After one of the more convoluted conversations I've ever read in manga, Hayato winds up on the annual Ashitaba European pastry tour with Maezawa and Hanayu's dad while Hanayu stays behind with Hayato's family at Sushi Hyuga! It's a bit like a child swap.
With the two apart, the romance aspect of the story gets put on hold while the focus shifts to their individual talents. Up until now, the story has merely portrayed them as fanatics of the culinary branches that they want to go into, but the mangaka now reveals that they both have innate abilities that would really allow them to excel in their chosen fields. Meanwhile, each family fully embraces the other's child as the young chefs get plunged into the environments they've always dreamed of. (Hanayu's reaction to the chef's present from the fish market is priceless).
As the series heads towards its conclusion, you get the feeling that Hayato and Hanayu will come out with both their relationship and their dream career, and I look forward to seeing how Komura-sensei will get everything to work out.
With one volume left to go, the story shifts to Hanayu's and Hayato's hitherto unmentioned secret talents. With both families recognizing their children's potential if they do follow their culinary dreams, it will be interesting to see how this series wraps up.
Extras include a story thus far summary, recipes for two dishes featured in the manga, a two-page extra manga, a page of four-panel comics, two pages of end notes explaining the terms mentioned in the story, and ads for other Viz releases.
Mania Grade: B
Art Rating: B
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: A-
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Released By: Viz Media
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