Rosario+Vampire Season 2 Vol. #03 (Mania.com)

By:Matthew Warner
Review Date: Friday, March 11, 2011
Release Date: Tuesday, December 07, 2010

What dangers await the group in the land of the snow fairies?

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Akihisa Ikeda

What They Say
When magical warming strikes Yokai Academy, you had better...
A. Reduce your supernatural footprint
B. Hightail it to snow-fairy country
C. Deny that monster activity has anything to do with it

The Review!
As the volume opens, we find Koko stumbling open a grisly scene: a werewolf standing over a girl covered in blood. The girl turns out to be okay, but the werewolf quickly flees. Upon hearing about this, the gang’s suspicions immediately fall upon Gin. As such, they decide to investigate by tailing him around the academy. Just as suspicions mount to their fullest and the girls prepare to confront Gin, the girl who had appeared to be the victim in the case reveals herself to be behind the incident and several similar ones, all in an attempt to have Gin all to herself.

Next, Mizore invites the group to come back to her homeland with her, in order to participate in a traditional ceremony. Upon getting there, it is revealed that the ceremony is to pray for the snow fairies to get together with their loved one. When everyone goes to sleep, Mizore sneaks out of the house with Tsukune, and pleads with him to be her lover. As it turns out, snow fairies can only bear children at a young age, and the race is in danger of extinction. As such, each snow fairy maiden must choose her mate by the ceremony, or be forced into an arranged marriage by law. In order to keep herself from being forced into a loveless marriage, Mizore desperately throws herself at Tsukune, hoping that he will accept her, only to be spirited away by the Snow Oracle, leader of her people, at the last moment.

Upon reuniting, Tsukune and the girls resolve themselves to rescue Mizore from her fate at any cost. In order to do so, they crash the ceremony and barge into the palace of the Snow Oracle. There, they run into a cruel businessman named Miyabi Fujisaki, the man to whom Mizore has been promised to in order to preserve the snow fairies. Furious, Tsukune unleashes his powers and punches him out, and Kurumu manages to rescue Mizore, seemingly wrapping things up nicely. However, as the volume comes to a close, Moka and Koko’s sister Kahlua appears before the group.

In Summary:
Though this volume starts with a fairly flat story, the rest of the volume is spent on a legitimately interesting arc that goes a long way towards fleshing out the character of Mizore. The author really does a great job of bringing out the desperation of Mizore’s situation, and it’s rather touching to see the group put aside their differences in order to save her. If the next volume can take the cliffhanger presented at the end of this book, it’s sure to be a very exciting read. For now, however, this volume remains another solid addition to the series.

 



Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: A-
Text/Translation Rating: B
Age Rating: 16 and Up
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 9.99
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781421532684
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Rosario+Vampire