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  • Art Rating: C+
  • Packaging Rating: C-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-49557-0
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Wallflower

Wallflower Vol. #13

By Robert Harris     October 31, 2007
Release Date: September 25, 2007

Wallflower Vol.#13
© Del Rey

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Tomoko Hayakawa
Translated by:David Ury
Adapted by:David Ury

What They Say
Sunako just wants to remain in seclusion inside her dark room, but glam Auntie has other plans and drags her niece to a party. Upon arrival, Sunako takes refuge in an empty coffin, where she finds a diamond. Imagine morbid Sunako's delight when she learns the jewel is cursed!

The Review
This volume of The Wallflower begins on a more emotional note, with Sunako’s aunt now dating a normal, local businessman. She has agreed to take up the mantle of ‘traditional Japanese housewife,’ despite it clashing with her extravagant, superstar lifestyle. Chapters involving Sunako’s aunt always seem more heartfelt than others, since she’s one of the few people that Sunako really does care about and goes out of her way for. Aside from providing numerous setups for wacky hijinks, this chapter shows Sunako’s softer side as she puts up with all of her aunt’s missteps and shows again that unconditional love is not a one-way street in their relationship.

The next two chapters center on a cursed (enchanted?) diamond pendant that Sunako finds while taking refuge in the crypts of an undisclosed European royal family. The king gives it to her as a gift, but she soon finds out the diamond is sentient and not willing to stay away from the limelight. What follows is a very amusing battle of wills, culminating in a second half where a now delusional Sunako believes she’s fully clothed at all times. And before you roll your collective eyes, I must admit that it’s very well done in the context of the series, and these two chapters are certainly the most amusing The Wallflower has been in quite some time.

The final chapter is a little more typical, when Kyouhei starts eating out every night, causing the rest of the guys to go into wild speculation mode and Sunako to work tirelessly on the supposedly massive flaws in her cooking (which she takes very seriously). In the end, Kyouhei’s reasons are a nice twist on what everyone else (including us) expects, and the volume has a nice feel-good ending for everyone.

If this volume does one thing, it’s illustrate that while the ensemble cast may get much of the focus, Sunako is a very capable leading lady (sometimes) and can easily carry a storyline with little help. Of course, there’s no advancement of the “main” storyline to be found here, but looking to The Wallflower for a strong central story is an entirely pointless and futile endeavor. What you will get, on the other hand, is a healthy amount of above-average comedy, a great translation, and pictures of one highly adorable Scottish Fold. Which, if you’ve been following the series up to this point, is well worth the price of admission.


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