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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 232
  • ISBN: 1569709300
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left

la Esperanca Vol. #04

By Megan Meinhard     December 27, 2006
Release Date: September 06, 2006

la Esperanca Vol.#04
© Digital Manga Publishing

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Chigusa Kawai
Translated by:Sachiko Sato
Adapted by:

What They Say
Determined to find out more about Robert's past, Georges visits Alain, the dangerous upperclassman who has a grudge against Robert. Alain tells Georges about Grace, the girl whom Robert once loved and who Georges exactly resembles. As Georges tries to find out even more about Grace, Alain causes trouble for Robert and Georges.

The Review
So, the truth finally comes out about Robert's past. Now the big question is, does anyone reading still care?

Robert hasn't been seen at school since he smashed the statue in the church in the previous volume. Georges is turned away even when he goes out of his way to try to visit Robert. Desperate to know the truth, Georges visits Alain, who we haven't really seen since the first volume. Alain taunts him, but eventually gives Georges what he wants to see: a face to put with the name of the woman Robert loved. She does look remarkably like Georges, which horrifies him. Alain takes advantage of the confusion to assault Georges, but he manages to escape. Meanwhile Robert is prowling the streets and getting into fights with gangs, Georges finally gets the full story about Grace from Robert's housekeeper, and there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth in general.

The volume ends with Robert narrowly avoiding expulsion for his deeds in the chapel and the beginning of a new school year. After that, there is a side story about yet another earlier meeting between Robert and Georges. The most interesting part of that is a glimpse of Alain before he became an angry, bitter would-be rapist.

If you are going to build up a tragic past for four volumes, it should deliver something special. This didn't. Kawai mentioned back in volume one that by the second chapter there was a sort of "come on, you two make a good couple already" vibe. If that was true back with chapter two you can image that it's more like "HURRY UP, DAMMIT" by volume four. The problem is that we're still stuck on the angst with a side helping of extra angst. Eventually you stop caring about the characters and you want them to move beyond the fact that Georges resembles a girl Robert once loved and into an actual relationship. It's sad to say, but the likelihood of that happening looks slimmer with every passing volume.


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