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Posted May 8, 2012
I bought this because two chapters of the book are actually girl’s love, yuri, shoujo ai, whatever the name light and infectious stories about a schoolgirl who happens to like another are called these days. While the story may be the standard girl’s boarding school setting, I wasn’t disappointed. There’s a bit of humor in “From Nowhere” and its continuation “In the Afternoon”. The character Moriya is far too cute and crafty.
But, if having a girl’s love story included in a boy’s love manga is uncharacteristic, so is the rest of the book. Two more chapters “Mailman of the Forest” and “The Forest of Continuous Snow” form a quaint story about an enchanted forest and the inhabitants.
Then there are the two boy’s love stories except, continuing in atypical fashion they’re actually about middle-age men! In a genre dominated by teenagers and twenty-somethings showcasing more mature characters was oh so refreshing.
The cover story “Sunday’s Child” and its follow up “Olive Twig” kept me interested with little twists along the way. Especially nice was the floral symbolism woven throughout into the panels and story. The beauty of the art really shows the adeptness and awareness of the mangaka in using the narrative medium of comics.
“Next to the Teacher” was equally evocative, weaving images of years past at a school reunion during a cherry blossom viewing.
As for the release, it was a bit ominous that on the very first title page of Sunday’s Child there was a grey capital letter “D” floating about in blank space. However, that instance seemed to be more of the exception. A couple of other jarring points in the script raised a suspicion there might be some sort of typo or language problem, as I had to read it over. But, the second time through it seemed that everything was technically correct. Still, I do wonder if a British aristocrat would use such informal grammar at one point.
All in all Sunday’s Child is a collection of stories a bit off the beaten track of boy’s love manga. A lower age rating of 13+ also reflects accurately that these are emotional driven stories over explicitness.
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