W-Juliet Vol. #07 (Mania.com)

By:Sakura Eries
Review Date: Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Release Date: Tuesday, November 08, 2005



Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Emura
Translated by:William Flanagan, Naomi Kokubo, Jeff Carlson
Adapted by:William Flanagan, Naomi Kokubo, Jeff Carlson

What They Say
Makoto has a fever, and his closest friends' concern over his sickness may be the very thing that reveals Makoto's secret to his classmates - forcing him to give up his dreams and return home! Then Ito is caught on the grounds of the Narita residence by Makoto's father, and her life is in the hands of fate! Even if Makoto is able to make it to the scene in time, can he stop the very man who taught him to fight from attacking the woman he loves?!

The Review
Road trip! To do some community service, the drama club spends a couple of days at an orphanage. While they're there, Ito meets Tsubaki, a girl with an angelic voice -- and a wicked temper! But Ito is the only one she hates! Makoto and Ito eventually figure out that her awful attitude has less to do with Ito and more to do with the loss of a dream. Wanting to inspire Tsubaki to live out that dream, Makoto takes a huge risk to convince her to believe in her ambitions again.

However, Tsubaki is not the only one with doubts concerning her dreams. When Ito is confronted with the "Career Ambitions Form" back at school, she becomes so worried by her decision to choose an acting career she bombs an opportunity to impress rising star Atsushi Ichijo. But count on Makoto to pull her out of her slump and refire her dreams for the future! But before that anticipated future can arrive, they will have to survive all the close calls they keep having over the summer. When Makoto falls ill, concerned girlfriend Ito rushes over to his apartment to nurse him back to health. Unfortunately, she is trailed by Sakamoto and some well-meaning drama club members to Makoto's previously secret address! Then their plans for a fun summer outing are derailed when Makoto's detained several days by his stubborn father. Not only does Makoto miss his date with Ito, he is prevented from contacting her at all. Desperate to see him, Ito foolishly goes to see him at his father's house and narrowly escapes a confrontation with Mr. Narita. Fortunately, they manage to avoid disaster and eventually do have their belated date -- as well the chance to perform with some street entertainers!

This volume concludes with the annual summer training camp at Tsugumi-sempai's. Who needs alumnus Toki-sempai stirring up trouble when we have alumna Tsugumi and her crazy house causing mayhem? And it wouldn't be summer training camp without a run-in with the supernatural! Lots of stand-alone stories here as Emura continues in her pattern of short self-contained chapters. However, her story lines for the "Street Entertainer" and "Orphanage Performance" chapters seemed a bit too similar with their Ito-and-Makoto-inspire-talented-children-to-strive-for-their-dreams themes to be in the same volume. Also, it felt as if Emura was constantly setting up situations for Makoto to "rescue" Ito -- from her insecurities, from his dad, from snotty Tsubaki at the orphanage, even from Ito's nearly catastrophic mistake in front of their friends at his apartment. Their relationship feels a bit lopsided with Makoto always playing the hero, and it was a bit of relief to have Ito come to Makoto's rescue in the training camp episode.



Mania Grade: B-
Art Rating: B
Packaging Rating: B
Text/Translatin Rating: B
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 9.99
Pages: 208
ISBN: 1-4215-0065-5
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left