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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 201
  • ISBN: 1569708487
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left

la Esperanca Vol. #06

By Patricia Beard     March 07, 2007
Release Date: March 07, 2007

la Esperanca Vol.#06
© Digital Manga Publishing

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

What They Say
"Maybe this is a different kind of love..."

Georges is left reeling from the encounter at the orchestra. Realizing that his feelings for Robert are very different from his feelings for his friends, Georges is battling with pent-up feelings and he can't shake the image of Grace from his mind.

The Review
"This is a bit of sad news, but the next volume of La Esperanca is slated to be the last...I still haven't roughed out the script for the finale so I don't know how it's all going to wrap up yet - but I plan on tying up all the loose ends..." Chigusa Kawai, Promenade section of La Esperanca, volume 6.

Well, that certainly explains the ramp up in narrative.

In this volume we see Georges' decline after his realization of what he feels for Robert. That's what the mangaka would like us to believe, but it seems to be an inappropriate response and rings false. (Long time readers can just chalk this up to the excessive ansgt factor in this series.) However, the function of this is to get Georges to the next point in the story, which is to have George desperate to find out what his relationship is to Grace. And this he does with the help of Alain Colail much to Robert's great concern,

This story, which had been about very little, now has to be about something. The introduction of important plot elements is not as bad as it could be, but still comes off as fortuitous and "convenient". This is still better that the earlier volumes of vague narrative. Readers will satisfied, but not dazzled. There is a cliff-hanger ending to the volume, but it's a shallow cliff.

A note on the artwork: While Chigusa Kawai's style has not changed, her panel layout is more dynamic and her character poses are more cinemtatic than I remember seeing. This looks much more mainstream. Very attractive.


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