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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translation Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 21.99
  • Pages: 528
  • ISBN: 9780345515773
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Wild@Heart Vol. #01-03

Wild@Heart Vol. #01-03 Manga Review

By Matthew Warner     December 03, 2010
Release Date: October 26, 2010

Wild@Heart Vol. #01-03
© Del Rey

Not too wild after all.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Natsumi Ando

What They Say

Chino is a teen looking for love, but instead of finding a boyfriend, she gets stuck with Hyou, a feral child her father brought home from a jungle. Having grown up in the wild Hyou doesn't have any idea how to live a human life. Now Chino has to take care of him and guide him as he tries to adapt to city life.

The Review!
Technical Rating:
The cover here is a basic one, displaying an image of Chino with Hyo’s face in the background. The back cover contains a quick summary and a small image of Fennec and Chino’s father. Paper quality here feels dangerously thin, and makes this release feel cheaper than it should. Notes from the author, as well as translation notes, are included throughout the book. Honorifics are maintained, text reads smoothly, and sound effects are kept in their original form and translated.

The art presented is relatively detailed, but has a tendency to slip into a more simplistic and unappealing style. Backgrounds appear occasionally and look decent.

Chino is a young girl looking for love with a father who travels the world writing novels and having adventures. When her father returns home from his recent trip to a place called Madara Island, Chino finds her house coated in a jungle. Fed up with her father’s antics, she storms off to take a shower… only to find a strange, ragged looking boy in her bathtub. Chino’s father explains that the boy is named Hyo, and that Hyo had rescued him while he was on his trip, so he brought him back home (along with a cute little creature named Fennic). After a few slapstick encounters with the wild boy who doesn’t understand civilized culture leave her exasperated, Chino forces Hyo out of the house, only to learn how much the strange boy had wanted to meet her. She runs out to find him, but ends up needing to be rescued by the freshly cleaned up Hyo.

From there, a number of wacky circumstances occur and lead the two to slowly become closer. Hyo slowly becomes more and more civilized after becoming enrolled at Chino’s school, and the duo find themselves wrapped up in the love affair Chino’s close friend Machiko and her childhood acquaintance. We also see the two go on a school trip, and a piece of Chino’s past is revisited.

The main plot of the volume reveals itself when Chino’s family is invited to a party (supposedly for her father’s book) by a rich young girl named Tsubame Hanatsukasa. At first she just appears to be some strange sort of fan obsessed with Hyo, wanting him to live with her instead. However, she soon reveals that Hyo may be her father’s long missing son, who disappeared in a boating accident when he was only one. They manage to escape, but Tsubame’s father soon becomes interested and confirms that Hyo is in fact his son. As things come to a climax, it is revealed that Tsubame is an adopted child who feels like an incomplete replacement for the son her father lost, and wants to marry Hyo in order to truly be part of the family. Meanwhile, Hyo’s father puts pressure on Chino, claiming that if she asks him to he will stay with her, even if that isn’t what is best for him. Forced with a difficult situation, Chino forces Hyo out, but upon regretting this and realizing her feelings for him finds that he has left his “real family” as well. Will Chino be able to find Hyo and realize the love that’s been building between them?

The book closes with two bonus chapters showing the trials of monster girls in a dorm for their kind, and a short love story that unfolds over the course of a week.

In Summary:
This book unfortunately fails to become anything truly unique or interesting, settling instead for a basic love story full of clichés and thin plot lines. The characters and situations aren’t terrible by any means, but everything has an incredibly “done before” feeling to it, and fails to excel in any noteworthy ways. The one possible exception is the character of Tsubame, who is actually given fairly developed back story and motivations, but even she is not enough to save this series from its blandness. While this series may be decent enough to keep you reading from beginning to end, your money would likely be better spent elsewhere.


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