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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: 200
  • ISBN: 1-933617-00-4
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Crossroad Vol. #03

By Julie Rosato     April 25, 2007
Release Date: May 01, 2006

Crossroad Vol.#03
© Go! Comi

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

What They Say
Life in the Toda household is getting more complicated by the minute! With no parental figure to control her dating habits, Kajitsu finds herself on a romantic evening out with her favorite teacher, Akai-sensei, secretly hoping he'll make her forget the one boy she can't have!

Meanwhile, her dearest step-brother Natsu is faced with the temptation of opening her private diary. Will he expose Kajitsu's deepest fantasies about him?

The Review
Kajitsu tries to convince herself she can forget Natsu in the arms of Akai-sensei, only what was supposed to be a fleeting affair turns out to be a little more than she bargained for. Natsu's jealousy gets the better of him and then Akai-sensei decides to stay on permanently at the school, thus ensuring no end to Kajitsu's relationship troubles. Poor Kajitsu's got it pretty rough for a girl in love, what with having to choose between forbidden love with her teacher and forbidden love with her brother! At least she's pretty good at playing matchmaker for her friends Mano and Tokihito! But don't forget that amongst all the flailing around in romance, Kajitsu's unique family situation is what started this all, and so there's naturally there's some extra drama going on there.

This is a story of delicious complication, the kind of shoujo romance I want to read, but there are times when even the narrative can't keep up with all the directions this book is going in at once. Kajitsu's affections and attentions shift back and forth with lightening speed, and she's no hack at building up melodramatic circumstances for herself, but as a reader it's hard to stay absorbed in the experience. This series is still fun and plenty addicting though - there's something endearing in watching this train wreck of a family cope and the characters grow into their roles, and Kajitsu's painful uncertainty about herself is inexplicably beautiful. It's hard to tell if she has real feelings for Akai sensei (or vice-versa) - but theirs isn't the romance this book is really trying to sell. Just like it is for Kajitsu, it's a distraction to keep us entertained and occupied while more serious issues unfold all around.

My biggest complaint about this series would actually have to be that it has no shortage of promising secondary characters. You wouldn't think this is a bad thing (it's not), but it's clear after three volumes that there is simply too much happening too fast to afford them all their own opportunities to shine - at least not for long anyway. This seems a terrible shame, since the moments of character development in this series are actually quite nice. The crazy ping-ponging drama keeps things moving and doesn't allow for too much needless wallowing between the main characters, but I can't help but wish it would slow down and let us dwell on everyone else a little more.


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