Title: Yurara Vol 2
Author: Chika Shiomi
May Contain Spoilers
Yurara is back, and she’s just as confused as ever over her feelings for class clown Mei. While trying to sort out her emotions, she’s targeted by a ghostly stalker with pervy thoughts on his mind. After she’s scolded by Mei for being so careless, Yako confides that Mei’s first love was pulled off of a roof to her death by a wicked spirit. Now Yurara can’t help but wonder what Mei’s first love was like. Is she jealous? Has the unbelievable happened? Has she fallen in love with Mei??
This is a fun read. The characters are engaging and their constant bickering is amusing. Mei seemed a little more mature in this volume, but maybe I’m just starting to like him better. Though he still walks around with a smile on his face, a more somber Mei slowly emerged during the book. He makes no secret of his attraction for Yurara, but she doubts his sincerity, even as she begins to develop feelings for him. I was a little disappointed now that it seems as though Yurara and Mei might be hooking up so quickly; I was hoping that there might be a love triangle to untangle between the three leads. Though Yako seems to be drawn to Yurara, she only has eyes for Mei.
The chapters are mostly episodic, except for the short story arc dealing with Mei’s old flame, Miss Miki. While I usually enjoy longer, more complicated storylines, the approach to this series makes a nice break from the sprawling titles that I’ve been reading. The plot is instantly accessible, and the pacing of this volume was better than the first. The introduction of Mei’s family, as well as Yurara’s parents, helped to round out their backgrounds and explain a little about their personalities. Mei comes from a family of flirtatious men, so how could be help but be anything else? Yurara’s mother has come to, if not understand her daughter’s strange behavior, as least accept it, even while her timid father is totally creeped out by it. Yeah for moms!
Chika Shiomi proves again that she’s a capable artist, drawing incredibly handsome men and a cute heroine. Her action scenes are exciting, her illustrations exhibiting a sense of motion and suspense. She uses large drawings to their full advantage, grabbing the readers attention and keeping it focused on the panels as the action explodes across the pages.
Rated for Older Teen