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  • Art Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Released By: CPM Press
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 176
  • ISBN: 1-58664-952-3
  • Size: Tall B6
  • Orientation: Left to Right

Couple Vol. #02

By Megan Lavey     October 26, 2004
Release Date: September 01, 2004


Couple Vol.#02
© CPM Press


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Story by: Jae Sung Park / Art by: Sung Jae Park
Translated by:Christina Sohn
Adapted by:

What They Say
"What's the big deal about living together?" Young Ho Han thought, but he'd better think again! Ever since the sweet and innocent country girl Yu Mi Yu moved in with him, Young Ho's life has been a swirling mass of conflicting emotions. Are they just friends? Are they like brother and sister? Could their relationship turn into something else? These questions will probably remain unanswered in this laugh-out loud hilarious saga of the most mismatched couple in Seoul.

The Review
Packaging:
In a style that is similiar to the first volume, the cover features a croppsed shot of Young Ho and Yu Mi in winter clothes at the park. The back is a continuation of the front, showing a good bit of the supporting cast from the apartment complex. I still don't care for the font used for the logo and some of the text, but it doesn't take away from the overall attractiveness of the cover.

Artwork:
The characters are typical shoujo (or the Korean equvilant.) Most of the characters look like normal people you would meet on the street. Some of them are a bit wacky, but no more so than Umino from the Sailormoon manga. The book is easy to read and the reproduction is handled well. The SFX is subtitled and labeled in a similiar manner as the original art, so it blends in well with the existing panel.

Text:
This is a good translation with no noticeable grammar or spelling errors. There is an introduction of some Korean terminology into the translation, such as Yu Mi calling Young Ho, "Oppah," which is a term for "big brother." It's like a Japanese girl calling someone "nii-chan," for elder brother.

Content: (May contain spoilers)
This volume picks up where the first leaves off with Young Ho, spooked by recent reports of assaults in the neighborhood, thinks that Yu Mi is being duped and possibly raped. But when he runs on the scene as a hero, he discovers that the object of Yu Mi's frusturation is actually HeeSu Suh, a high school senior with a major attitude problem. HeeSu is rebelling against her father when believes she is the cause of her parents' divorce, that took place a couple years earlier. Yu Mi, however, is determined not to give up on her, and the result is a zany mess that drags Young Ho into the middle.

The result is a lot of chasing, panty theft (Happousai would be proud) and a couple of groin kicks (poor Young Ho!) as HeeSu worms her way into the cast of "Couple." Young Ho winds up in a sticky situation with Yu Mi because of this and is advised that he must force himself on her in order to make things better. Young Ho is against this, but wonders if Yu Mi does like him. He does attempt to put the moves on her and everything winds up in their first kiss - with a twist.

Meanwhile, there is still more than meets the eye about Yu Mi and her history. A boy, presumably from her past, shows up at school and calls her by a different name in front of Young Ho. Young Ho doesn't catch on, but Yu Mi is furious. There's more to her than she's letting on, but we're no closer to finding out the truth than we were in the beginning of the series - other than she is using a new name.

When Young Ho and Yu Mi find themselves the hosts of an unwanted party and sleepover, Young Ho flees to find some sanity. He runs across the hooker that he meets in the first volume and discovers that she is ill and lives in the apartment complex. Young Ho, once again, is a rescuer and brings her back into the building. But his hormones start to get the best of him and Yu Mi stumbles in...

Comments
I'm enjoying this series more and more as we get further into it. It's been one of those nice surprises - a true gem of a story that really doesn't get a lot of attention, but really deserves it. The series reminds me a lot of Maison Ikkoku in how the lead couple really do belong together, but are running into an endless series of somewhat repetitive obstacles and misunderstandings while getting there. It's a more modern version than the early 80s setting of Takahashi's work, therefore things such as sex, etc. are discussed a lot more frankly. Toss this in with a hilarious cast of supporting characters and you've got a good mix going for this story. I highly recommend checking it out if you haven't given it a shot yet.

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