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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 174
  • ISBN: l1-56970-888-6
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Jazz Vol. #03

By Eduardo M. Chavez     January 17, 2007
Release Date: November 01, 2006

Jazz Vol.#03
© Digital Manga Publishing

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Story by: Maeda Sakae & Art by: Takamure Tamotsu
Translated by:David and Eriko Walsh
Adapted by:David and Eriko Walsh

What They Say
Narusawa and Naoki have returned from their romantic days in America. Busy schedules kept them from each other, and when they're finally able to find some time together, Naoki collapses. Narusawa is left to face Naoki's father alone... How will he react to the father's request to "end the relationship for Naoki's sake"...?

The Review
The relationship Naoki and Narusawa have shared through three volumes of JAZZ has been nothing short of painful. This was a relationship that was built on pain and loneliness. With this latest volume these two continue to hurt each other and they never seem to understand that their love could be much more than a source of fear and frustration.

There are moments where these two feel pure bliss. In this manga these moments have always seemed to be rare occurrences filled with passion and a little bit of doubt as well. But there was no doubt that these two were made for each other. They fit together. They played beautiful music together?E In this latest volume, they can no longer remain together. Their lack of communication has caught up to them. Family and society has become too much to bear for these two. Their relatiomship was never going to be accepted by society; Naruzawa knew that from the start. However their need for each other was enough for these two. Unfortunately, these two could never communicate; they would rather run away from each other than face each others feelings. Now that family is involved fears are now realized in threats and anger. Can you see these two resolve their issues - mental, physical and emotional - once and for all or will they continue to lay the blues in self-pity?

Jazz is one of those books that is nothing but drama. Readers are forced to pity the cast. Their lives are so sad. Their love so forbidden! Unfortunately it takes an effort to sympathize with these two because as a reader I could not feel their problems. That has changed with the introduction of family and new potential interests. I cannot relate with emo manga because characters are "broken"; I can get a cast being heart-broken afteradisasterous trip as the in-laws pile on to ruin the relationship. Jazz might not be a great title. It is a different title. And now it s readable title. What difference a complete cast can make.


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