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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 0345486900
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Pastel

Pastel Vol. #04

By Josephine Fortune     January 08, 2008
Release Date: September 26, 2006

Pastel Vol.#04
© Del Rey

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Toshihiko Kobayashi
Translated by:David Ury
Adapted by:David Ury

What They Say
Mugi Tadano has got to be the luckiest high school kid in the world. His dad is never home and he gets to live with his super-cute class mate Yuu Tsukisaki. It almost seems to good to be true. Enter Kiku Murakami: the hottest, most popular girl in the entire school.

Kiku can have any guy she wants. Now she's set her sights on Mugi Tadano and only one thing stands in her way: Yuu Tsukisaki. Kiku's solution? Destroy Yuu Tsukisaki by any means necessary. When Kiku unleashes a series of hurtful rumors about Yuu, it's up to Mugi to clear Yuu's name and save her reputation. But can Mugi resist the charms of the sexiest girl in school?

The Review
I don't know, I think these types of shounen romances aren't really for me. While I really like some of them, the more mediocre titles in the bunch I usually wind up hating. Pastel is still definitely in mediocre territory, and I just can't seem to get into it.

One of my biggest problems is Yuu, who shows zero emotion no matter what it is that Mugi does for her. The only thing that seems to register with Yuu is whenever a joke is made about Mugi seeing her naked or whatever, and then she gets mad at Mugi. On the flip side, she never seems genuinely happy with Mugi when he does something nice for her. One of the stories in this volume focuses on another girl trying to take Mugi away from Yuu, and even this seems to register fairly small on Yuu's radar.

One of the other problems I have with this series is that there's a ton of characters that don't really get developed, which is just sort of in its nature since it's pretty episodic. It's made clear that Mugi's old girlfriend will be back sooner or later in one of the stories here, and there's another character who is potential "friend" material in later stories, but she serves mostly as an antagonist here.

I'm just looking for a bunch of elements that aren't here, but it serves its purpose really well as an episodic, fanservicey shounen romance. It's a pretty good example of the genre, actually, and I can see how many people would grow to love it. I think I'm just expecting too much.


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