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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 1-4215-0563-0
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

W-Juliet Vol. #10

By Sakura Eries     September 27, 2006
Release Date: May 09, 2006


W-Juliet Vol.#10
© Viz Media


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Emura
Translated by:Naomi Kokubo and Jeff Carlson
Adapted by:Naomi Kokubo and Jeff Carlson

What They Say
At the Drama Club's summer training camp, Ito reunites with Jotaro, a childhood friend who is the son of a well-known actor. Though he bullied Ito as a tot, Jotaro is repentant - and Makoto suspects his affection goes beyond friendship. Three is a crowd where love is concerned, and Makoto wants Ito to tell Jotaro she's already taken. But that task turns out to be a bit difficult...

The Review
It's time for yet another training camp! No ghosts this time, but instead Ito gets a blast from the past! The Sakura-Ga-Oka students are training with drama students from two other schools, and the president of the Chuo High club is none other than Jotaro Kai, a boy that bullied Ito in preschool. Dreams of the future are mingled with memories of the past as we learn why Ito became the tomboy that we know and love today.

Then Ito returns home from camp to find -- chaos! Now that Poppa Miura knows that Ito has a boyfriend, he's adamant that eldest son Ryuya find a woman. Dad goes even so far as to preselect omiai candidates for his son. But Ryuya will have none of it, and we soon discover why -- he already has a girlfriend! Dad is pleased -- until he discovers that Ryuya's quirky girlfriend is an American! For some reason, he's dead set against foreigners marrying into the family, and the only way girlfriend Christina will be accepted is if Ryuya can beat his dad in a match!

Finally, it's the last day of summer, and Ito and Makoto decide to spend it unearthing the time capsule Makoto buried 10 years ago. Unfortunately, their plans get thrown awry when Ito is kidnapped by Toki, Tsugumi, and Sakamoto. Makoto is able to track them down, but the only way he will be able to get Ito back from that threesome is winning their love challenge!

Two longer story arcs and one shorter one in this volume. Two volumes ago, when Ryuya discovered that Ito was dating someone, I thought he let her off rather easy. Considering how protective he is, I thought his reaction would be more like Mr. Miura's ultra destructive one in Volume 9. However, in light of his relationship with Christina, it makes a lot more sense. It would be rather hypocritical for him to harass Ito about her secret boyfriend while he was also secretly dating someone. As for Chris, she's not your typical American. I would categorize her as extreme samurai movie otaku. That does not necessarily mean her characterization is unrealistic though (when I think of all the weird things my otaku husband has bothered ordinary Japanese citizens with...). It makes me wonder what kind of American otaku run-ins Emura has had. In any case, it looks as if we'll be seeing more of this passionate, cute, and crazy girl in future issues.

Emura has made significant improvements in her cover art, and I especially liked the picture of Makoto and Ito in Chinese outfits on the cover of this volume. Extras consist of a mini-manga on a little accident of Emura's, doodles and sketches, and cultural notes.

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