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Title: Yuhi: Ceres Vol 2
Author: Yu Watase
May Contain Spoilers
Aya and her twin brother Aki thought they were going to a celebration of their sixteenth birthday at their grandfather’s home, but the funeral-like atmosphere tips them off that something’s not right. Their "birthday present" turns out to be a mummified hand–the power of which forces an awakening within Aya, and painful wounds all over Aki’s body! Grandfather Mikage announces that Aki will be heir to the Mikage fortune, and Aya must die! But Aya has allies in the athletic cook and martial artist Yûhi, and the attractive, mysterious Tôya. But can even two handsome and resourceful guys save Aya when it’s her own power that’s out of control?
I have mixed feelings about the second volume of Ceres. On one hand, I love the legend of the Celestial Maiden. Ceres is tormented with rage and longs for revenge against the man who stole her feathered robes, prohibiting her from returning to heaven. Worse, he violated her, and she bore his children, trapped in an ugly place she couldn’t escape from. Now, fate has caused both Ceres and Mikage to both be reincarnated as the twins Aya and Aki. This has never happened before, and she’s obsessed with winning her vengeance. Every time she sees Aki, Ceres wrestles control away from Aya and attacks him, even though he has no memories of his previous life. I find this storyline so compelling. For centuries, Ceres’s thirst for revenge has kept her trapped, reborn over and over into the Mikage family, only to be discovered and killed during the ritual as her host body turned sixteen. When I think about how angry I would be after being thwarted time and time again, I am surprised that she hasn’t done more damage to the Mikages and their property as yet. I would have gone absolutely ballistic, leaving the surviving Mikages to deal with harried property insurance adjustors.
Aya, though, is grating on my nerves. Is it really wise to chase after Toya in not much more than her underwear, leaving her defenseless when her evil cousin Kagami gets his paws on her? Ugh, ugh, ugh! I would not feel like I was in a position of power in enemy territory while dressed in my panties and a bra. Ugh! That’s like the nightmare where you forgot to put your clothes on before rushing off to school. And to so ardently declare her love for Toya, a guy she just met, and a guy who works for the people who are trying to kill her? Aya, while Yuhi isn’t as interesting, he is a lot safer, so maybe you should go for him instead? He is more than capable of protecting you, and he can cook! Take him instead!
I was a little bored with this volume. Whenever Ceres made an appearance or Kagami had page time, I was all interested again. Ceres is fascinating because she reveals little tidbits of her history every time she manifests, and Kagami – ah, Kagami. He is just so evil and conniving that you can’t help but like, even admire him, just a little bit. He sees an opportunity for the Mikage family to gain immense power, and he’s going to seize it. With both Aki and Aya in his control, there is nothing he can’t do, once he figures out how to tame Ceres and her incredible power.
The second volume of Ceres was both irritating and compelling. Aya drives me nuts, but legend of the Celestial Maidens kept me turning the pages.
Review copy purchased from Amazon