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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: All
  • Released By: ADV Manga
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-4139-0074-7 Age Rating: All
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Left to Right

Sweet & Sensitive Vol. #01

By Mike Dungan     July 24, 2004
Release Date: June 01, 2004

Sweet & Sensitive Vol.#01
© ADV Manga

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Park Eun-ha
Translated by:Jiyoon Kim
Adapted by:

What They Say
Ee-Ji has a problem, maybe even a catastophe on her hands. She is torn between two men, and the indecision is causing far too much grief for this high school freshman. She still holds a certain forness for her elementary school crush, Han-Kyul, but her new infatuation comes in a much more vulgar package. Sae-Ryun is crude and he incessantly bullies her, but beneath the rough exterior, Ee-Ji is convinced that he is hiding a softer, gentler side. Add the fact that these two guys are best friends and this turns into one exciting love triangle!

The Review
The Review: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Ee-Ji is a typical high school girl who lives at home with her parents and 3 older brothers, each one a nutcase in their own way. She realizes that the handsome boy in her class is her old grade-school crush, han-Kyul, who moved away many years ago. Just as she's attempting to renew her friendship with him, she is targeted by Sae-Ryun, a rough, crude, but handsome bully. He's became totally smitten with her when she refused to back down from him earlier. The love triangle is complete when she realizes that Han-Kyul and Sae-Ryun are best friends.

Ee-Ji's best friens is the beautiful Do-Kyung, who has an easygoing personality that's at odds with her intimidating beauty.

Adding to the complication is when Do-Kyung, who is very protective of Ee-Ji, believes that Han-Kyul has made Ee-Ji cry, and begins to work to get Ee-Ji and Sae-Ryun together, just as Han-Kyul is becoming more interested in Ee-Ji and begins to accept her feelings for him.

While this is a fairly straightforward teen romance for girls, the four main characters are very likeable, and the pacing of the story keeps the reader interested. Park Eun-Ha has a gift for mixing comedy with pathos. Her art is very interesting. Sometimes it's light and wispy in typical shoujo fashion, but it can also be very dark and heavy, and she uses a lot of chibi charicatures to bring out the humor in certain situations.

ADV uses a wrap-around cover that's printed in landscape, rather than portrait fashion. Do-Kyung and Ee-Ji are sitting back to back with a light blue background and holding sunflowers. It makes for an original and arresting cover. ADVs art reproduction appears to be quite good, with the screentones and light linework looking good. There are two pages of very useful translator's notes as well.

In the crowded teen-romance market, this Korean entry manages to stand out, but living up to it's title, by being sweet and sensitive.


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