Flower in a Storm Vol. #02 (Mania.com)

By:Julie Opipari
Review Date: Monday, August 23, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, August 03, 2010

When love is like a hurricane, even a bomb shelter can’t save you from falling in love.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Shigeyoshi Takagi
Translation: HC Language Solutions
Adaptation: HC Language Solutions

What They Say
Final volume! Ran's romantic overtures are starting to work on Riko - but the ordinary life she's yearned for is not in the picture. A hotel heiress claiming to be Ran's fiancee is just the beginning of another dangerous storm of trouble...

The Review!

Aw, darn it!  This is the last volume!  I enjoyed the first installment of Flower in a Storm, but wasn’t totally sucked into the story.  That happened with this volume, and I sat in a bit of shock after finishing it and realizing that it’s over already.  Ran’s pursuit of Riko is so high energy and unrelenting, and despite his stalker tendencies, I love the guy.  He is a perfect match for Riko.  Neither one of them will ever blend into the woodwork, despite Riko’s desire to be average.  She’s not average,  she never will be, and with Ran’s energetic insistence that they are meant for each other, she finally learns to accept herself.

Flower in a Storm is a fun romp through the lives of the rich and famous, and the girl who is trying to avoid all of the drama.  Ran leads an exciting life – he flies around in helicopters, avoids assassins, and gets kidnapped.  Unbelievable as it is, it’s still entertaining and kept me transfixed until the very last panel.  I love the lanky character designs, and thought that the illustrations brought out the powerful, captivating personalities of the leads.  I even enjoyed the subtle changes in Ran and Riko’s relationship – somewhere along the way she just got tired of fighting him off, and allowed herself to be swept up under his spell.  I don’t know if I should compare him to a tornado or a strip of fly paper.  Both are equally attention getting, depending on your circumstances.  I still find it a pity that even with all of his money, he couldn’t find a better hair stylist.

In Summary:

This volume of Flower in a Storm is very bittersweet for me.  Shigeyoshi Takagi firmly hits her stride here, but before I could blink, it was over.  While it is refreshing to be able to enjoy a shorter series, it is disappointing, too.  I felt that there was enough story for at least another volume, but perhaps my real problem is my reluctant to bid farewell to both Riko and Ran.  It isn’t often that I am charmed by both protagonists, and I am going to miss these guys.  Ran is outrageous and charming in an obnoxious and hard to ignore way, while Riko just wants to be normal, the unassuming girl next door.  The truth is, neither character will ever, or can ever, be average.  They have way too much personality to be “normal.


Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: B+
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 9.99
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781421532424
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Flower in a Storm