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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translation Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 16 and Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1933617893
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Ultimate Venus Vol. #02

By Sakura Eries     January 08, 2009
Release Date: August 15, 2008

Ultimate Venus Vol. #02
© Go! Comi

The lines between friend and foe become blurred when Yuzu makes a startling discovery about Haruka and Iyo!

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Takako Shigematsu
Translation: Christine Schilling
Adaptation: Brynne Chandler

What They Say
Being a heiress isn't all glamour and luxury! Politics and betrayal go hand-in-hand as Yuzu learns more about the rival families and those who would do her harm. Friends turn to enemies as loyalties shift, and Yuzu finds herself in the middle of a dangerous game!

The Review!
Shortly after the attempt to kidnap Yuzu, an anonymous attack is made on Yuzu's reputation. At the same time, Iyo goes missing from class, and Haruka starts acting strangely. Determined to get to the bottom of things, Yuzu goes to confront Iyo and discovers an astonishing connection between Haruka and Iyo. Kagami warns Yuzu against getting involved in their affair, but Yuzu's determined to resolve the rift between Iyo and Haruka even if it means going behind Kagami's back!

Shigematsu throws in an unexpected twist, creating a convoluted past to two seemingly unrelated characters. While it does make the characters more interesting, Haruka gives up his secret a little too readily, and the way the conflict between the boys is ultimately resolved on the high school roof isn't very satisfying. What is even more unsatisfying, however, is the progression of Yuzu's and Kagami's relationship. Most of this volume's focus is on Haruka and Iyo, and as the plot progresses, Shigematsu hints at the possibility of a love interest developing between Iyo and Yuzu. However, at the very end, we find Yuzu in love with Kagami, which seems rather abrupt given the lack of real interaction between them in Volume 2. Still, I’m curious enough about how Iyo might complicate their relationship to be looking forward to Volume 3.

By the way, the backdrop for all these intrigues is the school festival, and in true shojo form, Shigematsu panders to her audience by dressing up her male characters in a butler café.

Extras include story thus far summary, author's notes and mini character profiles that are interspersed throughout the body of the manga, short closing notes, and translator's notes.


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