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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translation Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 8.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1421519692
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Mixed Vegetables

Mixed Vegetables Vol. #03

By Sakura Eries     March 20, 2009
Release Date: March 03, 2009

Mixed Vegetables Vol. #03
© Viz Media

Strife breaks out in the Ashitaba household when Hanayu declares her aspirations of becoming a sushi chef!

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Ayumi Komura
Translation: JN Productions
Adaptation: Stephanie V.M. Lucianovic

What They Say
Hanayu Ashitaba is the daughter of the celebrated Patisserie Ashitaba, but all she wants to do is be a sushi chef. Hayato Hyuga is the son of the prestigious Sushi Hyuga, and all he wants to do is be a pastry chef! It's love and leftovers at Oikawa High School Cooking Department as these star-crossed gourmands do their best to reach their cuisine dreams!

Hanayu's ecstatic when she's offered the chance to train at Sushi Hyuga, but first she must seek approval from her father. Fat chance! Their argument escalates until the whole family's feeling hurt. Hayato, who came along to offer moral support, saves the day by sharing a moment with Hanayu's father over their mutual love of pastry making. As the family drama subsides, Hanayu starts to feel something else tugging at her heart--her growing feelings for Hayato!

The Review!
At Sushidokoro Hyuga, Hanayu is once more reunited with the taste that inspired her love for sushi. When offered the chance to train there, Hanayu decides at last to reveal her true career aspirations to her family. However, their response is worse than Hanayu anticipates. Not only does her father vehemently insist upon her taking over the family bakery, even her beloved little brother is upset by her announcement. However, Hayato unexpectedly intercedes, and Hanayu is able to begin her apprenticeship! In gratitude, Hanayu eagerly offers to support him in his dream. But why is Hayato hesitant to tell his family he wants to be a pastry chef?

In this volume, we finally get a glimpse of Hayato's family and their sushi shop. While neither Hanayu nor Hayato are frantically struggling with some particular dish in these chapters, the story does teach a couple interesting facts about sushi establishments. However, though fish-obsessed Hanayu's first night working at Sushi Hyuga is quite entertaining, the main focus of the story is the Ashitaba family conflict and Hanayu's growing feelings for Hayato.

In some respects, Hanayu falling in love with Hayato is almost a repeat of her "dilemma" in Volume 1 where she realizes she's not attracted to Hayato simply because he's the "sushi shop boy." However, the additional emotional component of Hanayu struggling with her family's disapproval keeps the plot from feeling stale. While the resolution between Hanayu and her brother is satisfactory, her father seems to relent too quickly given his intense initial opposition to Hanayu's career choice. However, the mangaka seems to want things wrapped up with the Ashitaba household so she can focus on wreaking havoc on the Hyuga household in the coming volume.

Extras are comprised of a story thus far summary, six Side Dishes (one-page mangaka remarks in manga form embedded in the story), the three-page bonus manga "Hana and Hyuga and the Egg Omelet," two pages of endnotes explaining the foods mentioned in the story, and ads for other Viz releases.


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