Crossroad Vol. #07 -

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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-933617-28-2
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Crossroad Vol. #07

By Julie Rosato     June 06, 2007
Release Date: June 30, 2007

Crossroad Vol.#07
© Go! Comi

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Shioko Mizuki
Translated by:Kathy Schilling
Adapted by:Brynne Chandler

What They Say
The climax is at hand! The emotional storms battering the Toda household come to a head when Rumiko's meddling forces Taro and Natsu into a violent confrontation. Will Taro grant permission for Natsu and Kajitsu to date, or will this mean an end to the Toda family? Distraught, Kajitsu turns to Akai-sensei for comfort - only to be given shocking news!

The Review
With a volume chock full of closure, Crossroad pretty much gets the happy ending to end all happy endings. Even the stuff that's supposed to be sad really doesn't feel that way. It's almost scary how well the characters accept their fates, yet it doesn't feel like Mizuki is just pandering for that "happy ending" either.

The comedic showdown between Taro and Natsu ends as quickly as it started, and surprisingly without incident. While it seems an anti-climatic resolution for a conflict brewing since day one, it's not entirely a bad thing. Taro's acceptance sets the tone for the rest of the volume and pieces start falling into place. Natsu's feelings are clear and have been reciprocated, but the time has come for both Akai and Kajitsu to stop stalling. Akai leaves to study in China and Kajitsu finally starts looking towards her own future. With love and a dream to follow, she steps forward to embrace them both. A peek into the future of the Toda household assures us that the lessons learned by their rocky year together were not forgotten.

Volume seven delivers a nice end to the story that began in volume one. The journey in between was a bit rough, but circling back to its beginnings smoothes the edges and brings about an easy sense of closure. Where an emotionally-devastated group of kids once stood, the future shows scenes frighteningly normal by comparison. It shows a family and, more importantly, a Kajitsu who has become strong and centered, finding support in the ties that bind - no matter where, or whom, they come from.

Crossroad is a shoujo series that I needed to read. It's full of the very elements that made me a fan of the genre years ago, many of which have been disappearing from our market as it skews younger. The narrative wasn't as clear as it could have been, and maybe not all of the characters met their full potential, but there's a lot going on underneath the surface. If you're willing to take the time to really examine the story, you'll see a lot more than what appears at first glance. Perhaps not everyone will appreciate the layers or issues it presents, but I hope to see more series like this in the future.


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