Land of the Blindfolded Vol. #03 (Mania.com)

By:Sakura Eries
Review Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Release Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2005



Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Sakura Tsukuba
Translated by:Sheldon Drzka
Adapted by:Sheldon Drzka

What They Say
The thrilling tale of a girl with supernatural powers continues! Through a careless mistake, the school doctor learns of Kanade's powers. But why is he so intent on stopping her from changing the future? This volume also includes "In the Rain," a bonus feature by the same author.

The Review
After a good deed gets Kanade, Arou, and Namiki drenched, the trio stop by Kanade's house to get cleaned up. While they're there, the boys learn about the family and circumstances that shaped Kanade into the person she is.

Then back at school, a few careless words in the infirmary and an incident during PE class result in the school doctor learning of Kanade's ability. Interestingly enough, she is not the first person he has encountered who claimed to have "premonitions." But why is he so intent on stopping her from changing the future?

Tsukuba's artwork does a skillful job of communicating her stories in Volume 3. Not only are her drawings lovely, but her pacing is excellent, especially in the action scenes. However, my opinion is mixed regarding the actual storylines presented. The chapter about Kanade and her grandfather was good overall as that background provides a basis for Kanade's optimistic attitude. The awkward interactions of the boys with her mother were also enjoyable and very believable considering both boys don't really have a maternal presence in their lives. However, the reason why the three fall into the river in the first place is pretty stupid (aren't dogs supposed to be better swimmers than people?).

The three-chapter school doctor arc is less satisfying. His reasons for interfering with Kanade aren't that compelling, and his emotional issues get resolved too quickly. It also seems strange that Kanade would readily reveal so much to a perfect stranger when she could have easily denied his allegations. Despite my criticisms with the plot, I really enjoyed the illustrations of the boys putting body and dignity on the line as they disrupted the "ill-fated" baseball game for Kanade's sake.

Pages 157 through 196 are allocated to a stand-alone, high school sorta-drama manga, In the Rain, also by Sakura Tsukuba. The stand-alone manga is followed by two pages of "Sakura Mail," notes from the mangaka.



Mania Grade: B
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B-
Text/Translatin Rating: B-
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: CMX
MSRP: 9.99
Pages: 208
ISBN: 1-4012-0526-7
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left