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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: CMX
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 188
  • ISBN: 1-4012-1076-7
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Oyayubihime Infinity Vol. #02

By Eduardo M. Chavez     November 29, 2006
Release Date: September 27, 2006

Oyayubihime Infinity Vol.#02

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Fujieda Touru
Translated by:Tim Rodgers
Adapted by:Tim Rodgers

What They Say
Tsubame originally thought he was destined to be with Kanoko, but she rejected him. Now Kanoko and friends have begun searching for a person with a butterfly-shaped birthmark on her thumb - the sign of a time-spanning connection from a past life - to find Tsubame's supposed true love.

Who was this person, and what's she like now? But Tsubame might not be ready to give up on Kanoko just yet. He's got to persuade her that love is more important than fate.

The Review
Love is eternal... Well I cannot speak for myself, but in Oyayubi Infinity one of the characters sure believes it is. Tsubame knows that he had a connection with a former lover that continues to this day. The birthmark on his thumb is evidence of that. Unfortunately, he comes to find out that there are many others like him that share that birthmark and possibly the same lover he has been searching for so long. What is the significance of their birthmark then? Could an eternal love be an eternal un-requited love? How could fate play such a cruel joke on someone who lives for love like Tsubame (?c and many of the others with the butterfly birthmark). Whatever, the reason, we find out that the person he has been searching for has been right in front of him all this time. And she might be the only one who might not completely believe in a red string that reaches through time.

As far as romances go, Oyayubi does not try to convince readers that they are all flowers and kisses. The romance in this story is nothing but heartbreak to the main characters. At one point, possibly live times ago. there might have been moments of happiness and bliss shared by lovers reincarnated in this story. Fujieda-sensei makes sure though, that readers are aware those moments were fleeting. None of the characters in this time fully understand what their roles in this eternal romance are. They can see there is a connection but why would they be mislead into this if they are not to be together someday? And why are these birthmarks developing, becoming stronger and bolder with time?

I compared this title to a shonen adventure title in the past. Characters have their roles - researcher, tough guy, realist and contrarian - each one giving the team a different angle on this fantasy. Those roles are still there but this is turning into more of a mystery than an adventure now. The past is slowly being revealed through a great device created by Fujieda (when birthmarks touch the characters briefly see their past lives). By piecing those memories together, from the different perspectives, readers can see the both stories unfold. The roles take on even more layers as personalities from the past conflict with those in the present. What Fujieda is going to do to bring the two threads together has me very intrigued. The potential for conflict is high but that completely goes in line with her not so pretty view on romance. Twisted, stylish and very very different from your standard shojo.


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