Comic (Vol. 05) – SiHyn Ha
Published by Yen Press
This volume of Comic must’ve hit nearly every shoujo cliché in the book, and on the basis of predictability, it certainly took a lot away from the story. On the other hand, shoujo clichés are overused for a reason, because at some point or another they’re pulled off in a way that makes you keep on reading with genuine interest.
Picking up where the last book left off, Alice makes a direct confrontation with Patrick regarding Daria’s claim that the two are dating. Ever the clever one (refreshingly so), Patrick easily deduces the source of the problem and tells Daria to back off and that he’s finally going to tell Alice how he really feels. But of course things never go as smoothly as one would hope, and even after feelings are shared, it takes only one little slip-up, and a witness to see it, to spiral everything back to where they started.
For all of Patrick’s common sense, Alice continues to run completely on her own emotions, which can be a little frustrating, but at the same time they sort of compliment each other in that regard. While I continue to enjoy this series for its quirky relationships (I can’t wait for the new character to become more relevant!), I’m still depressed that bestfriend Daria has so swiftly spiraled into the role of conniving backstabber when a boy was tossed into the picture.