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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-56970-818-5
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Moon and Sandals

Moon and Sandals Vol. #02

By Danielle Van Gorder     August 15, 2007
Release Date: July 31, 2007


Moon and Sandals Vol.#02
© Digital Manga Publishing


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Fumi Yoshinaga
Translated by:Sachiko Sato
Adapted by:

What They Say
Rikuko has been in love with close friend Koichi Kobayashi for a long time, but has never revealed his true feelings. When he discovers Koichi is romantically involved with his older brother, Touyou, Rikuko suffers a broken heart that could destroy their friendship.

The Review
The second and final volume of Moon and Sandals is essentially a series of vignettes, some following the older couple of Ida and Hashizume as they continue on their careers and experience married life together, others following Narumi and Kobayashi as they graduate high school and start college (then move on from college into careers of their own), and a few focusing on Narumi's sister Naru. On the whole they're sparse, simple, and focus on the character's emotions, using the art to drive the story rather than the text, especially for certain characters who seem to have difficulty vocalizing what they feel. It's a style that could be weak in the hands of another artist, but it's definitely one of Yoshinaga's strengths.

It's hard to get a handle on how much time passes between vignettes. It could be merely days between some, while it's definitely years between others. The focuses of each varies, ranging from dealing with a proposal of marriage to coming out at the office. Thankfully, the misunderstandings and jealousy are rare, and limited to believable situations that any couple would understand. All are resolved happily, of course, and typically end in a rather physical confirmation of reconciliation. For those looking for sex scenes, there are quite a few in this volume, although they're not particularly graphic. Still, the book definitely earns it's 18+ rating.

While different than the first volume in quite a number of ways, this volume manages to combine a deep poignancy with casual humor, a juxtaposition that works surprisingly well. Fumi Yoshinaga tends to be hit or miss, but character exploration is one of her greatest strengths, one which she showcases here to its fullest extent. Fans definitely shouldn't skip this one, it gets even better the second time around.

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