Butterflies, Flowers Vol. #02 (Mania.com)

By:Thomas Zoth
Review Date: Thursday, December 23, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The same wacky antics you love, now with 25% more sex!
What They Say
Choko Kuze is in love with her ex-servant-now-tyrannical-boss Masayuki Domoto. She's had a hard time getting him to see her as a woman, but between bouts of treating her like a genteel lady and an entry-level office grunt, he's slowly starting to come around. Unfortunately, the CEO's niece has set her sights on Masayuki and won't take no for an answer. Will Choko step aside to protect Masayuki's career, or is it now time for her to pull rank?
Difficult to say series Butterflies, Flowers is back for another volume of wacky gags and impossible to believe drama. The volume has five chapters with five mostly episodic stories that develop and complicate our favorite couple's love life.
The first chapter introduces a romantic rival for Choko in the form of the company president's niece. She's young, beautiful, and fabulously wealthy, and she's in a position to cause Masayuki serious trouble if he doesn't agree to her marriage proposal? We know that she doesn't stand a chance in the way of true love, so the drama is a bit forced and cliche. However, this chapter does have some good gags, such as when Choko is kicked inside of a locker so hard that her eyeball falls out. Visuals like that make me curious to see if Yoshihara has any straight comedy series Viz might potentially bring out.
In the second chapter, we discover how unrealistically devoted Masayuki is to Choko. He only accepted his position at Benten real estate in order to buy back the Kuze family estate. It really requires some suspension of disbelief, but if you've been able to accept Masayuki's split personality, you're over halfway there.
The final three chapters deal with Masayuki and Choko's relationship as they actually begin to formally date. Masayuki is more experienced than virginal Choko, and we see her shyness and inexperience played for laughs. It continues to be very funny, especially contrasted with Masayuki's mercenary, get to the point attitude about sex. The real treat is the sex scene at the end of the volume, which is both romantic and funny. Choko decides she's through being clumsy, and ties Masayuki up to the bedpost with the sinister expression we're used to seeing Masayuki use himself. The scene ends suddenly and unexpectedly with a gag that's too good to spoil.
In Conclusion:
Another strong volume with lots of laughs, although the romantic twists and turns are both cliche and exaggerated almost to the point of disbelief. It might be that Yoshihara is making fun of the cliches, but Choko and Masayuki's romance is played so earnestly that it's hard not to try (and fail) to take it seriously. As long as Yoshihara keeps the jokes coming, it's still an incredibly fun and shameless series.

Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: A-
Text/Translation Rating: B+
Age Rating: 17 and Up
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 9.99
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781421532042
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left