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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: 208
  • ISBN: 1-4139-0095-X
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Left to Right

Sweet & Sensitive Vol. #02

By Mike Dungan     October 06, 2004
Release Date: September 28, 2004

Sweet & Sensitive Vol.#02
© ADV Manga

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

What They Say
Ee-Ji is finally starting to enjoy her high school life, but it is anything but easy. When she's not playing slave to her obnoxious brothers, or suffering constant torment at the hand of the crass and immature Sae-Ryun, her mind is spinning over her childhood crush, Han-Kyul. He's back in her life and defending her honor against Sae-Ryun, but there are more than a few skeletons in this sweet and sensitive guy's closet. Ee-Ji will have to delve deep to discover the truth about Han-Kyul's past, and she might even have to beg the help of Sae-Ryun to do it!

The Review
The Review: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After getting a best friend in the strange but beautiful Do-Kyung, having the school bad boy Sae-Ryun take a sudden and not all together healthy interest in her, and finally having her grade school crush, Han-Kyul return to her high school, Ee-Ji's life may finally start getting back to normal. An overheard heated conversation between Sae-Ryun and Han-Kyul makes Ee-Ji begin to wonder about Han-Kyul, questions which only multiply when she discovers he has a girlfriend who isn't what she expects. Parent-Teacher conference day gives Ee-Ji and us a look at some of the character's family lives. Ee-Ji starts to learn she doesn't know many of the people around her as well as she thinks, even her own brother. The tension builds in her until she finally lets loose in a surprising way.

Like the first volume, Sweet & Sensitive doesn't break any new ground in the teen romance genre. Instead, it gives us four very likeable and interesting main characters. Do-Kyung doesn't get too much time in this volume, but we do get to meet her mother and discover a bit why she's so outgoing and vivacious. The story mainly revolves around the triangle of Ee-Ji, Han-Kyul and Sae-Ryun. Revelations about the characters are carefully laid out to add depth to the characters without belaboring the point. I especially appreciated the chapter where we finally get to hear how Han-Kyul feels about Ee-Ji from his point of view. The art is light but strong, with nice character designs. The artist has a nice sense of humor, which comes out in great facial expressions.

The landscaped-styled front and back covers are in fact one image that wraps around the book. The front features Han-Kyul and Sae-Ryun on a yellow background surrounded by pink flowers. The back features Ee-Ji and Do-Kyung. It's a very attractive design and stands out from the other covers on the book shelves. A nice change of pace is having the story blurb written in the inside front cover, so the art on the back isn't compromised. There are 6 pages of extra art about the artist, Park Eun-Ah and her assistants, and the results of a readers poll that must have been conducted in Korea. There is also a page of translators notes that explains some of the uniquely Korean parts of the story.

I've enjoyed both volumes of Sweet & Sensitive so far, and look forward to more.


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