Day of Revolution Vol. #02 (Mania.com)

By:Gary Thompson
Review Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Release Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2006



Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Mikiyo Tsuda
Translated by:Sachiko Sato
Adapted by:

What They Say
Having undergone gender reassignment from a boy to a girl, Megumi Yoshikawa now finds herself inundated with romantic advances from the four guy-pals she used to hang out with as the boy "Kei." And pulling the strings from behind the scenes is the mastermind of romance, Makoto...

Also includes "365-Step March," chronicling events after the original story!

The Review
Summer break has arrived, and that means that Megumi’s group of friends-turned-suitors has the ability to pursue her affections every day – if they can catch her, that is. In order to avoid being courted by the guys that she was so close to when she was a guy, Megumi runs off every morning to the sanctuary of Makoto’s house. But what’s this? Makoto has a younger brother that no one has ever heard of until now? Will this newcomer, who has an instant rapport with Megumi and harbors a secret crush on her, be the person to save her from her relationship quagmire? Hopefully, no more explanation is needed for you to know exactly where this is going.

To put if frankly, this volume is pretty average in most ways. It’s neither very good nor very bad, so mileage will vary wildly depending on the reader. This being the case, it is probably best to take a look at what this is with as little opinion as possible. The Day of Revolution vol. 2 is a tacked on conclusion to the first volume that had to be made because fans felt that the original ending was too vague and unsatisfying. Because the author felt that the situation could not properly be resolved with the elements that were present in the first volume, new ones had to be introduced here for the narrative to actually get anywhere. With these elements, TSUDA paved the way for a new conclusion that she felt would please her readers, but she came up with little more than said conclusion. The end result is that this volume has just about enough substance to add a good concluding chapter to the first book, but there just isn’t enough to carry a full volume by itself. The story basically ends after the first chapter or two and the rest of the manga is just more material that helps draw out this foregone conclusion.

However, just looking at the base elements of this manga really does sell it short of what it does achieve. The situation is still pretty fun and at least a couple of the characters (mostly Makoto) have lots of charisma and steal the show when they show up. The biggest strength, though, is that this is really funny and more than a little cute. I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion, and that is certainly a great boon to this book.

Whether or not this new conclusion will satisfy everyone and fulfill that need for closure that many had after the first volume is uncertain. After all, the whole, “who’s she going to choose? I don’t know, let’s introduce a new character for her!” thing is pretty much a cop-out. Even if you like it, there isn’t that much of a feeling of resolution since there was no conflict or emotional build-up between the two characters. But really, the whole point is that this is a fun and funny follow-up and conclusion to a story that needed a little bit more. It’s flawed in a lot of ways, but it’s still entertaining.



Mania Grade: C+
Art Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: A-
Text/Translatin Rating: C+
Age Rating: 16 & Up
Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
MSRP: 12.95
Pages: 190
ISBN: 978-1-56970-889-7
Size: A5
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Day of Revolution