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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: CMX
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 1-4012-0525-9
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Land of the Blindfolded Vol. #02

By Sakura Eries     February 28, 2007
Release Date: February 28, 2005

Land of the Blindfolded Vol.#02

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Sakura Tsukuba
Translated by:Sheldon Drzka
Adapted by:Sheldon Drzka

What They Say
Most people live life "blindfolded," unable to see the past or future. But when high-school student Outsuka Kanade touches people, sometimes her blindfold slips, and she has visions of their future. Should she act to change their fate? This compelling tale follows Kanade as she explores her gift and the difficult choices it brings.

The Review
Kanade and Arou have finally confessed their feelings and officially become a couple! However, the pair can't seem to shake a certain third wheel named Namiki. But can you blame him? After all, it hasn't exactly been easy for Namiki to find people that truly understand his power and accept him. But things get complicated when Namiki decides that he is also in love with Kanade!

Teenagers with the power to glimpse a person's past or future with a single touch? When I first read the summary for this manga, I thought that it would be the basis for X-Men like adventures. However, it's nothing like that. It's closer to a high school romance with characters that have just a little more reason to feel awkward than most. So instead of plots involving ultimate evil/good conflict where the fate of the whole world hangs in the balance, Tsukuba's stories are about the "challenges" of normal high school life (i.e. trying to figure out how to tell your first crush that you like him) where those typical teenage troubles are made just a bit more challenging because of supernatural abilities.

Volume 2 has only three chapters and one special story (the date at the amusement park) featuring the Land of the Blindfolded cast. Pages 151 through 198 are allocated to a stand-alone manga, The Devil in the Flowered Office, also by Sakura Tsukuba. The stand-alone manga is followed by four pages of "Sakura Mail," notes from the mangaka. Land of the Blindfolded is rated "E" for everyone, which seems appropriate so far, but I would probably rate The Devil in the Flowered Office as "Teen" as it addresses darker themes than our fluffy main story.


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