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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: 208
  • ISBN: 1-4215-0567-3
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

W-Juliet Vol. #14

By Sakura Eries     April 04, 2007
Release Date: January 09, 2007

W-Juliet Vol.#14
© Viz Media

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

What They Say
It's finally graduation time! Having fulfilled all of his father's conditions, Makoto no longer has to disguise himself as a woman. Unfortunately, all the trouble hasn't ended for him and Ito. Her family is having a hard time accepting her as an adult who can make her own decisions... and will they accept Makoto as a man?! This heartwarming finale to the series includes a special episode that shows what Ito and Makoto are up to a year after they graduate!

The Review
It's the final volume of the W Juliet series! Having fulfilled all of his father's conditions, Makoto is finally free to pursue an acting career and an open relationship with Ito. However, having deceived so many about his true identity over the last several months, he and Ito have a number of obstacles ahead of them -- namely the members of Ito's family -- before they make it to happily ever after!

Emura goes all out with the reactions of friends and family when the truth about Makoto and Ito's relationship is revealed, and even Ito's grandmother and cousins get in on the action. It was fun to see the whole Miura family together again, and Emura even manages to squeeze in some progression into Ito's brothers' romantic relationships. However, considering all of the drama of the ski trip in Volume 13, I found the rehash of Ryuya's overprotective streak unnecessary. Interestingly enough, the ring that caused so much trouble on the ski trip isn't talked about at all in the final volume. Ito is shown wearing it around her neck in the second chapter of the volume, but after that, she's not shown wearing it again, which I found kind of strange, considering it looked to be an engagement/wedding ring.

Overall, I've really enjoyed this series. The plots are largely silly fluff; however, the stories are fun and the characters appealing. Characters' personalities tended towards the extreme, making them interesting and funny, but what had me coming back for more was their interactions, whether supporting one another or grating on each other's nerves. Another bonus was the drama club aspect, which provided plenty of opportunities to see them in an array of outfits.

It's interesting how Emura vacillates between gorgeous work and really cramped looking drawings, and this last volume of W Juliet exemplifies those inconsistencies in her artwork. W Juliet fans will probably swoon over the drawings of Makoto and Ito in western wedding garb on the cover and the splash pages. However, reading through the final chapters was almost a bit tiring considering the amount of material she was trying to cram into the pages. I did appreciate the amount of detail she included, but the panel spacing and the quality of her drawings suffered. You definitely get the feeling that she had a lot to say and didn't nearly have enough pages to express it.

Extras consist of a three-page afterward manga, preliminary sketches, and the results of the W Juliet character contest held by Hana to Yume Magazine.


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