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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: 1-4215-0566-5
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

W-Juliet Vol. #13

By Sakura Eries     December 27, 2006
Release Date: November 14, 2006


W-Juliet Vol.#13
© Viz Media


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

What They Say
Graduation is only months away, and keeping Makoto's gender a secret is more challenging than ever! Since Makoto's father is dead-set against his son's choice of profession, he has decided not to attend the graduation ceremony.

Ito is intent on strengthening the bond between Makoto and his father, despite their conflict. She convinces Makoto to spend the New Year's holiday with his family in the hope that the pigheaded patriarch will change his mind. Makoto is quite confident in his acting skills, but will his persuasive abilities measure up?

The Review
So now that the cultural festival's over, Makoto and Ito can enjoy the rest of their high school senior year, right? Wrong! The mood is less than romantic when Ito and (male) Makoto spend Christmas Eve running and hiding from family and friends when they all unwittingly end up at the same theme park. And the New Year's seemingly off to a less than auspicious start when an odd chain of events and a fluke storm leaves Ito snowbound and alone in the Narita house with Makoto's dad! Then February brings with it Makoto and Ito's hard earned opportunity to audition with the Miyabe theater troupe. But while Makoto's dazzling the interviewers with his talent, Ito's barely keeping up as she struggles with a fever of 102.2. Finally, trouble's brewing in Yuto and Akane's relationship -- and Makoto's secret is at the root of it!

With the Cultural Festival arc over, Emura goes back to her pattern of one and two-chapter self-contained stories. Though it was fun to see all the W Juliet couples together for Christmas Eve, that story felt a little stale; all that chasing in the theme park seemed too much like the class outing to the amusement park. Most of this volume is fluff with some difficult moments that resolve themselves neatly by the end of the chapter although the ski trip story is somewhat of an exception. After all this time of deceiving Ito's family, those lies have finally caught up with the Narita siblings. As an aside, I had been wondering about that ring/chain that suddenly appeared around Ito's neck without any explanation in the previous volume, and it has a key part in the ski trip story. Though Emura gives us a little more insight into its significance, I think that most fans will want that ring to get more significance than is currently attributed to it.

Extras consist of Emura's afterword manga and cultural notes.

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