Papillon Vol 2 by Miwa Ueda Manga Review

Title: Papillon Vol 2

Author: Miwa Ueda

Publisher: Del Rey

ISBN: 9780345505927

May Contain Spoilers

Ageha has transformed herself with the coaching of Ichijiku, her unconventional guidance counselor. She’s finally worked up the courage to confess her feelings to her childhood friend, Ryusei, but she may be too late!  Her twin sister, the beautiful and confident Hana, has her sights set on Ryusei, and she doesn’t care if she steals him away from Ageha!  Actually, that’s all she really wants to do. Will Ageha win the battle for Ryusei’s love?  Or will Ageha discover that he’s not really the right guy for her?

Ageha’s dreams of a happy ending with Ryusei come crumbling down when she sees Hana and Ryusei kissing.  Oh, man!  Why does she always have to play second fiddle to her twin sister?  With the ghost of her unhappy past, this final betrayal hits hard.  All her life, Ageha has been compared to Hana, and every time she pales next to her sister.  Even when she excels in school and outperforms Hana, her efforts are dismissed.  There’s a lot of resentment toward her parents and a lot of bitterness at the realization that when it comes to Hana, Ageha will never measure up.

I thought the turmoil between Ageha and her mother was sharp and defined, by felt that the resolution to their problems was overly simple and not very satisfying.  If their troubles ran that deep, it should have taken a little longer than a chapter to get everything back on track again and that is my biggest disappointment with this volume. 

Ichijiku seems so much more fun to be around than Ryusei, and it isn’t surprising that Ageha is starting to feel more than a little attracted to him.  When he’s around, things happen!  He grabs life by the horns and then just runs with it, and heaven help you if you get caught up in the waves he makes.  He’s positive and exuberant, and oh so hard to resist.  He also loves to throw curve balls just to see how people will deal with them.  He tests Ageha, pushing her to her limits, and then stepping back to let her sink or swim on her own efforts.   He demands that she always give her all, and that’s exactly the kind of guy Ageha needs.

I love Miwa Ueda’s expressive illustrations, and though I had some reservations about this volume, I am very interested to see where the story goes from here.

Grade: B-

Rated for Teen

Review copy provided by Del Rey

2 thoughts on “Papillon Vol 2 by Miwa Ueda Manga Review

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  • February 8, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I was a little disappointed by this volume as well, but more so because it just so closely mirrors stuff in Peach Girl. It’s like Ueda’s more of a one trick pony than anything else. There’s a lot of promise to this series, but from what I’ve heard the later volumes fall prey to the "oh, I’m going to collect whatever boy the main character likes" scenarios that PG fell into. I dunno… I like that type of scenario, but not when it’s dragged out for umpteen volumes. It just makes me want to reach through the book & slap people for falling into such a rut.

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