Pastel Vol. #09 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Release Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Translated by:David Ury
Adapted by:David Ury
What They Say
It's finally time for Mugi to act on his crush for Yuu, but wishy-washy Mugi is helpless on his own, so his friends concoct a simple plan for success. Step One: Hold Yuu's hand. Step Two: Hug her. Step Three: Kiss her! But Mugi has a secret weapon. Yuu has given Mugi a special birthday gift certificate that grants him any favor he desires. Whoa! This could be the best birthday ever!
Tsukasa and her antics never cease to entertain me. Somehow she won a raffle for a trip to a hot springs. Unfortunately for Mugi, the trip is only for two people, so he'll have to sit at home and dream of Yuu soaking in the hot springs without him. Sounds like the standard harem comedy trip to the hot springs, but Tusakasa has something else in mind. After she's had a long soak with Yuu and everyone is relaxed, Tsukasa calls Mugi and hides her cell phone while she asks Yuu if she likes Mugi. What luck!?! Now Mugi will know once and for all how Yuu feels and he doesn't even have to muster up the courage to ask her himself. So will Mugi's dreams come true?
Time continues to pass and all the characters are getting closer to finishing high school. Out of all Mugi's friends, Kazuki is the oldest and he plans to make his eighteenth birthday one to remember. Knowing Kazuki, you would think he planned on buying a bunch of porn or hitting his first strip club. But no, he has something really special planned, he is a man now after all. Kazuki is prepared to admit his ten-year secret love affair for Manami. He knew Manami liked Mugi when they were kids, so Kazuki kept his love to himself for all these years. But how will Manami react? She still likes Mugi, and Kazuki is always a jokester. The whole situation becomes more confusing when Kazuki crashes his motorcycle after admitting his love to Manami. Will Kazuki be all right? Will Manami forgive him for admitting his love, or for getting in an accident?
This series may have lost some readers by this point because of what often feels like slow pacing. However, I enjoy Pastel's meandering chapters like a lazy Sunday afternoon, no rush or need to save the world just relaxing. Pastel focuses on teenagers fear of relationships, which I remember quite well and can appreciate what the different characters are going through. Mugi and Yuu are obviously the focus, but the series shines when it spends time developing the minor characters and taking time to walk their love paths. This volume does both these things quite well as it examines Yuu and Tsukasa's relationship based on the things that happened when they were children, and the time the story took to follow Kazuki's secret love for Manami. This is one of the better volumes to date.
Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: A
Text/Translatin Rating: A-
Age Rating: 16 & Up
Released By: Del Rey
Orientation: Right to Left