Emma #2 by Kaoru Mori Manga Review

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Title:  Emma #2

Author:  Kaoru Mori

Publisher:  CMX

ISBN:  140121133x

May Contain Spoilers

Oh, the tragedy!  Emma and William are allowed only a brief moment of happiness before the harsh realities of life interfere with their romance.  Mrs Stownar passes away, and suddenly Emma is left homeless.  With a heavy heart, she decides to return to her home village.  Her scheduled meeting with William never comes to pass, and she is forced to collect her meager belongings and board the train without biding him farewell.  Is this the end of their hopeless love?

If you want to read an uplifting, feel good book, this isn’t it!  Sad and wistful, the vast chasm between William and Emma is again brandished before them.  William’s siblings return home from school, and even they are dead-set against the young love birds.  William, in love with a maid?  Is he insane?  Think of the family’s reputation!  When Emma is confronted by William’s sister, Vivi, even she acknowledges that they live in two different worlds, and their relationship is doomed to failure.

With this volume, we get a glimpse of Emma’s childhood.  Raised by her harsh aunt and uncle after her mother’s death, she was reminded constantly that she was a burden, and that she should be  grateful to have a roof over her head.  Then she’s kidnapped and almost sold to a brothel!   Escaping from that dastardly fate, she struggles to survive on the streets of London, before the kindly Mrs Stownar finally takes her in. 

I am exceedingly sad to report that I consider William to be a spineless fop.  D00d, get a backbone and tell your father where he can stuff his opinions!  Be a man, not a petulant little boy.  Emma, maybe you should just choose Hakim!  He’s cute and rich!!  And don’t forget the elephants!

Oh, and Vivi is an evil shrew.

Here’s hoping things go a little smoothly for Emma in the next volume.  Release date – March 31.  Only three months to wait! 

Grade:  A

Rated for Teen+

Moon Child #5 by Reiko Shimizu Manga Review

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Title:  Moon Child #5

Author:  Reiko Shimizu

Publisher:  CMX

ISBN:  1401208290

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Gil Owens is tormented by visions of the moon.  He dreams that he’s Teruto, and bit by bit, he feels himself slipping away, changing into someone else.  As Teruto gains more control over Gil, he plots the destruction of the world.  He yearns for revenge against Benjamin, for becoming female and stubbornly choosing Art, a human, for her mate.

When Seth collapses, Shonach rescues him and takes him back to Seth’s apartment.  Seth finds himself drawn to Shonach and he’s shocked to learn that he’s Jimmy’s intended mate.  Shonach is surprised to learn that Seth is Jimmy’s twin.  As Seth muses why Benjamin is still in a childlike form, he wonders if Art really will fall in love with him, and fulfill the promise from long ago.  For if Art truly falls in love with Jimmy, Jimmy will gain a soul and become human.

There was so much happening in this book, and my pathetic summary is a poor reflection of the intricacies of the plot.  Gil Owens, wealthy and powerful, is the perfect vessel for Teruto to manipulate the destruction of the planet.  With Gil’s good looks, he has even earned the devotion of Rita, an awkward, giant of a woman.  With her weak psychic abilities, Teruto wonders how best to exploit her gifts for his own purposes.

Jimmy’s confusion is  really fleshed out in this volume.  After Seth explains the story of the ugly duckling, he’s perplexed; aren’t the ugly duckling and the beautiful swan one and the same?  Why was it that only after it changed did people come to love it?  Can people only love him if he changes into the beautiful Benjamin?  Why can’t they love him as he is, for what he is?  Until he finds an answer for that question, I believe that he will continue to fight off his transformation, because what he’s really yearning for is someone to love him the way he is.  Art is so shallow, though, that I wonder if he can look beyond appearances and choose Jimmy over the beautiful Holly (as the reader, I am ignoring the ick factor of Jimmy being a little kid!).

The next volume doesn’t hit book shelves until March 31! Oh, the agony! 

Grade: B+

Rated for Teen