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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translation Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 8.99
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 978-1421521633
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Wild Ones

Wild Ones Vol. #05

By Danielle Van Gorder     February 02, 2009
Release Date: December 02, 2008

Wild Ones Vol. #05
© Viz Media

Will a class Christmas party at Sachie's house lead to her secret being leaked - or to a shocking discovery?

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Kiyo Fujiwara
Translation: Mai Ihara
Adaptation: Mai Ihara

What They Say
Sachie Wakamura just lost her mother, and her estranged grandfather has shown up to take care of her. The only problem is that grandpa is the head of a yakuza gang! Can Sachie find a way to fit into her new family and grab her chance at love? Rakuto's got an unlikely rival for Sachie's affections - little Kou, the son of a yakuza leader from Osaka. Seeing Sachie's positive effect on his son, Kou's father proposes that Sachie return to Osaka with them. Will Rakuto simply let her go?

The Review!
When the class president volunteers Sachie's house for the class Christmas party, she's left feeling more than slightly anxious that somebody is going to find out that she's actually the daughter of a yakuza clan.  Even with every sign put away and the family members on their best behavior, things get tense as the son of a cop comes close to discovering the truth. 

Following Christmas, just like clockwork, is New Years, and the annual visit to the shrine.  When Rakuto ends up in bed with a fever, though, Sachie nearly worries herself sick taking care of him.  And then Valentine's day, where Azuma feels like stepping up his rivalry with Rakuto, even as he's doomed to horrible failure.  The most interesting story in this volume involves Sachie, Rakuto, and Azuma helping out at Jin's new shop.

This series is silly and impossible to take seriously, and never manages to really take full advantage of the potential the premise offers.  There's so much that could be done, but instead we get the standard Christmas/New Year/Valentines Day stories.  They're amusing, true, but the wasted potential here is heartbreaking.  If you're in the mood for a run-of-the-mill shoujo comedy, this will probably fit the bill, but if you want something new and different - this isn't it.


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