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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-4215-0565-7
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

W-Juliet Vol. #12

By Sakura Eries     November 22, 2006
Release Date: September 12, 2006

W-Juliet Vol.#12
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Translated by:Naomi Kokubo and Jeff Carlson
Adapted by:Naomi Kokubo and Jeff Carlson

What They Say
It's time for the Cultural Festival - an event that could change Makoto's life for good! Makoto's father has invited the toughest critics he could find to judge his son's acting talent. If they say he has the skills to become a professional actor, Makoto will not only get out of his obligation to run the family dojo, he will also be free of his arranged fiancee, Takayo. But his big audition may be ruined when Nobuko is taken hostage by bank robbers and the Festival is cancelled...

The Review
The cultural festival has finally arrived! The drama club will be having its performance of Romeo and Juliet on the second day of the festival, and Makoto's future as an actor will hinge upon the judgment of the theater professionals that his father is bringing to see the play. However, all their plans are thrown into disarray when armed bank robbers on the run break into the school and take Nobuko hostage! With one of their students kidnapped, the school can't possibly hold the festival. However, Makoto and Ito have too much riding on this performance, and accompanied by Toki-sempai and Tsugumi-sempai, they take off in search of their kidnapped friend. They manage to track her down, but how will they rescue her? And even if they do, will they make it back in time for the festival?

This entire volume is dedicated to the events of the two-day cultural festival. Emura comments in her notes about the Nobuko kidnapping that she has always wanted to draw such a story. However, while the story was engaging, the events were a stretch even for W Juliet. It almost seemed like a Scooby Doo inspired scene that a bunch of meddling teenagers were going off to Nobuko's rescue instead of the police. Also, I found Ito's attitude towards the whole situation perplexing. While Makoto's future as an actor is important, I would think that the safety and well-being of her close friend Nobuko would be more important to Ito. However, as she and the others charge off to find her, it seems as if making sure the play is not canceled is her primary motivation and Nobuko's well-being.

In order to keep the spoilers to a minimum, I am purposely not commenting much on the second half of the book, which deals with the events after the resolution of Nobuko's kidnapping. However, I do wish that Emura had made the tone of the first half of the manga similar to the second half of the manga, which is more in keeping with the W Juliet universe that she's created.

Extras consist of a mini report of Emura's signing event in Taiwan, preliminary sketches, and cultural notes.


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