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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 1569709292
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left

la Esperanca Vol. #05

By Patricia Beard     January 17, 2007
Release Date: December 01, 2006

la Esperanca Vol.#05
© Digital Manga Publishing

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

What They Say
Georges finally catches up to Robert, and tells him that he now knows about the past. As he exhorts Robert to tell him more about himself, Robert is overcome with emotion and kisses Georges. However, Georges realizes that Robert is only seeing the dead girl, Grace, and his words jolt Robert back to his senses.

As Georges determines to get his rosary back, he hears Alain's last name, finally learning that Alain was Grace's brother in name only. As the tragedy of the past is brought to light, Georges must practice the piano for the school festival and music recital, but he cannot concentrate.

As Georges practices in the music room, he is suddenly visited by celebrated pianist, Laurent Onyx - the second of Robert's brothers - who gives him a little pep talk.

The Review
Story & Art by Chigusa Kawai
Translated by Sachiko Sato
$12.95 | 208 pp | 1569709292 | A5 | Left to Right | December 2006

Content: B Art: B Packaging: A Text/SFX: B+

In volume #4, Georges learned from Alain Colail what the reader had long realized - that Georges strongly resembles the young woman with whom Robert was deeply in love, and for whom Robert is grieving after her accidental death. Volume #5 expands on the relationship between Alain, Grace and Robert, and Georges discovers the relationship between Alain and Grace. Georges also discovers how Robert views him. This realization sends Georges into an emotional downturn at an especially important moment in his life, the school music recital.

As so many have commented, this series took a downward turn after the very promising first volume.

Readers were exasperated by three volumes of glacially-paced plotline in a manga unsure of what it wanted to be. However, volume #5 introduces new characters, who look to have meaningful use in the story for once, and provides some new information on the background and relationships of the characters with hints to some surprises in Georges' life as well. With this volume, La Esperanca becomes more of a mystery than a romance for me.

For those readers who have been waiting for something to happen, this volume does deliver. However, this series has suffered from confusion and lack of story development, and there is no guarantee that subsequent volumes will be in any way satisfying.


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