Love is Like a Hurricane Vol. #02 (Mania.com)

By:Danielle Van Gorder
Review Date: Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Release Date: Sunday, September 30, 2007



Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Tokiya Shimazaki
Translated by:Leona Wong
Adapted by:

What They Say
Gifted with intelligence and looks, student council president Azuma confessed his love to Mizuki, and with a little push, they "successfully" started dating. The entire school has even officially recognized their relationship. So you would expect things to be progressing smoothly...

The Review
When Mizuki comes down with a fever, Azuma takes it upon himself to kidnap him and carry him home. While they're together, Mizuki is forced to confront his own feelings for Azuma and admit that he actually does like him. It's an interesting turning point that changes the dynamic of their relationship - slightly.

Azuma has a chance to show of his jealous side when one of Mizuki's childhood friends arrives on the scene, clinging to Mizuki in public and talking about a promise they made when they were in kindergarten. Mizuki doesn't remember any of this, but he does know that having Azuma avoid him isn't something he enjoys. When he attempts to go and clear up the misunderstanding, Azuma reacts much like he did at the beginning of the series, but more forcefully. Happily, they make up just in time for summer vacation, when they decide to go on a trip together. Azuma's quirks mean that things don't work out the way Mizuki had anticipated, but both boys have a chance to open up to each other and grow a little closer.

Akira and Izumi have problems of their own. Izumi has tests to study for, but Akira keeps interrupting him so they can have sex. Unable to take the distraction any more, Izumi makes Akira promise to keep his distance until the exams. But staying away from Akira seems to be even more of a distraction to Izumi than his attention was. A little more about Azuma's family and past is also revealed when both couples go out together on a double date.

This volume manages to break out of the pattern set in the first volume, making the story and characters much more interesting all around. Azuma and Mizuki really start to feel less like paper cutouts and more like real characters with some depth. The sex scenes are still prominent, but they feel less like the sole focus, which is really a welcome change, and the story is somehow more fun. With this volume, I find myself wanting to know what happens in future volumes, something that was really missing after the first one.



Mania Grade: B
Art Rating: A
Packaging Rating: A
Text/Translatin Rating: A
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Released By: 801 Media
MSRP: 15.95
Pages: 200
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Faust Anthology