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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Be Beautiful
  • MSRP: 15.99
  • Pages: 216
  • ISBN: 1933440147
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Kizuna Vol. #07

By Danielle Van Gorder     March 21, 2007
Release Date: February 28, 2007

Kizuna Vol.#07
© Be Beautiful

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Kazuma Kodaka
Translated by:Melanie Schoen
Adapted by:Michelle Locque

What They Say
A romantic honeymoon in Kyoto is just what the doctor ordered for Ranmaru and Kei. However, things are quickly complicated with the arrival of Kai Sagano and his bodyguard Masa Araki. Will their untimely arrival disrupt the couple's spirited bliss? And will Kai and Masa finally take their awkward relationship to the next level?

The Review
Picking up where the last volume left off, Kei is in the hospital recovering from wounds sustained during the Odzu Incident. His father comes to visit, and takes a liking to Ran, and ends up setting the two of them up with reservations at an inn. Ran and Kei treat the trip like their honeymoon, but Kei's brother Kai and the bodyguard Masa end up coming along as well, partially spoiling the mood. While Ran and Kei attempt to find the opportunity to be intimate, Kai (with some help from Ran) is determined to find out what Masa's true feelings are.

Of course, it doesn't go smoothly. Kai finds out from Kyousuke that he looks quite a bit like his mother - Masa's "unforgettable woman." Jumping to conclusions, Kai decides that he's nothing more than a substitute for his mother to Masa, while Masa is trying to come to terms with Kai's somewhat overwhelming feelings. Eventually, they come to an understanding in a series of scenes that I felt worked really well. Ran and Kei's playful bickering and more settled relationship make a really nice contrast to Masa and Kai's budding romance.

One negative point that was actually somewhat distracting was the print quality. While art reproduction is very clear, the print density wasn't at all consistent, so while most of the pages had nicely dark blacks, others were quite a bit lighter. With a $15.99 price point, I expect much better.

This is a very character driven volume, and a nice contrast to the previous volumes that were more focused on yakuza gunfights and action. We find out more about Kei and Kai's first meeting, Kei's past, and the motivations that drive most of the main characters, especially Masa. I was losing my interest in some of the characters after the last couple of volumes, but this was a nice change of pace that really renewed my interest in the series.


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