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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 195
  • ISBN: 0-9768957-6-5
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Crossroad Vol. #02

By Julie Rosato     May 24, 2006
Release Date: February 01, 2006


Crossroad Vol.#02
© Go! Comi


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Shioko Mizuki
Translated by:Audry Taylor
Adapted by:

What They Say
Life in a house with no grown-ups seems to be doing wonders for Kajitsu. For the first time in her life, she has a best friend, and to everyone's surprise, she's taken an interest in boys. Too bad her crush is on the new Calligraphy teacher Akai-sensei! Things aren't going quite as well for her step-brother and classmate Natsu. As the smartest kid in school, his teachers hope he'll boost the school's sagging reputation by getting into Japan's top university "no pressure! And Natsu still hasn't come to terms with the tragic events that took away the gentle smile that Kajitsu so loved. What happened to him in those years apart?

The Review
Kajitsu & Co. return to crank up the angst in volume 2!

The excitement of Kajitsu's new family is finally starting to settle down. But more importantly, she's finally found some clarity and is ready to get on with her life. Adopting this new attitude is just the start of her makeover though, and before long she's made a new girlfriend at school and even has her first real crush (aside from her decidedly un-brotherly love for Natsu of course). The target of Kajitsu's affection (or rather, her distraction?) is the hot, young calligraphy teacher, but the twist is he doesn't seem to mind. It even seems like he's encouraging it! Is she headed for trouble? But while Kajitsu fights to move forward, Natsu is consumed by the past.

This series promised drama and it's not reneging. Even though the first volume was pretty packed, the pace isn't really slowing down yet. This volume does feel a bit full with all that's going on (and it's pulling out several not-so-surprising plot devices), but if the series can manage to keep up this pace throughout its run, that'll definitely be something. This time emotion is laid on a bit thicker than comedy, (and in particular with regard to Natsu's back story), but there are still plenty of entertaining moments sprinkled in. Two things I liked best here: Despite a lot of little things (and some big things) happening in this volume, adequate time is still given to Kajitsu's soul-searching and it makes very clear that Kajitsu never would have been able to realize certain things about herself if not for her new circle of friends and family. No one exists in a vacuum and she has already really begun to change (pretty quick for a shoujo heroine!) -- now if we can just get Natsu to open up...

Overall production by Go! Comi continues to be good, most notably the art reproduction and SFX handling. There are translator's notes again in this volume, though manga veterans will probably be familiar with most of the terms already.

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