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Review: Love Is Like A Hurricane (Vol. 02)


Manga-ka: Tokiya Shimazaki
Publisher: 801Media
Rating: Mature (18+)
Released: August 2007

Synopsis: “Gifted with intelligence and looks, student council president Azuma confessed his love to Mizuki, and with a little push, they “successfully” started dating. The entire school has even officially recognized their relationship. So you would expect things to be progressing smoothly… This is the second installment of the super popular series about Mizuki, with his gradually changing feelings, and Azuma, who is confident he can make Mizuki drunk on life and his love.”

Love is Like A Hurricane’s second volume continues right where the first left us. Mizuki continues with his exhaustive efforts to stop Azuma from overwhelming him but is constantly foiled, swept away in a torrent of love, sudden advances and envy-driven affections. Minor characters continue to add more to the plot and offer short breaks between Azuma and Mizuki’s emotional game of cat and mouse. A side story near the end continues the escapades of the brothers from the first volume as well.

The feeling of this second volume is the same as the first, short scenarios and exchanges between characters carry the book alongside numerous graphic sex scenes. Characters are placed in situations that allow us new views of their personalities but never enough to make the story feel like it’s being bogged down in sudden deep development. It remains as shallow, but still as entertaining, as volume one.

The art is still consistent and is just as easy on the eyes. The artist continues to carry her story on expressive characters, energetic actions and creative angles, not to mention well-rendered and uninhibited sex scenes.

801 Media did a nice job with the translations and replacement of sound effects and sub-text. The cover layout is done to match the first but with green being the backdrop colour instead of red to keep it unique from its predecessor. Double sided, full color images still make up the first two pages of the book. Unlike the first book, this one has no preview for the third volume but does include another amusing short comic staring 801 Media’s mascot characters.

In the end Love is Like A Hurricane volume two has all the attributes that made the first one so appealing. For fans of the first, the second is just as worth picking up if you wish to follow the steamy adventures of Mizuki and Azumi.

Written November 10, 2007 by Lissa Pattillo under name Kurishojo for MangaNews.Net
Book purchased online from 801Media

About the Author:

Lissa Pattillo is the owner and editor of Kuriousity.ca. Residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia she takes great joy in collecting all manners of manga genres, regretting that there's never enough time in the day to review or share them all. Along with reviews, Lissa is responsible for all the news postings to the website and works full time as a web and graphic designer.



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