BEAUTY POP (VOL. 3) [ADVANCE REVIEW]

Posted On March - 1 - 2007
  PUBLISHED BY:   VIZ MEDIA
  ART/AUTHOR:   KIYOKO ARAI  
  FORMAT/COLOR:   JAPANESE FORMAT/ BW
  PAGES:   192
  RATED:   T
  RELEASE DATE:   03/06/2007
  REVIEW DATE:   03/02/2007
  REVIEWED BY:   HOLLY ELLINGWOOD


Niida issues a challenge against the Scissors Project (SP), determined to at last defeat Narumi once and for all. But in a 5 against 5 challenge, SP needs another member and they have to pull out al the stops to try to convince sarcastic, no interest in hairstyling despite her magical talent, Kiri, to join SP at last.

She says no.

However, an upset on the team may just change her mind. How did Narumi come to injure his precious wrist when hairstyling is his life? And why would that be enough to possibly change Kiri’s very stubborn mind?

This volume displays a nobler side to Narumi. He’s actually a truly good guy deep down, aside from his immense ego and flippant ways (and his incredibly short fuse). And who better to constantly light him up into a furious frenzy then laid back deadpan wit from Kiri.

This irresistible comedy is a shojo done with style. The sarcastic wit of Kiri is as brash and funny as ever and the outburst it causes in others is always funny. We get our first glimpse into why Kiri is so determined to not be a hairstylist. Within the story their exists in every manga of the volume so far the message that a person’s merit is in who they are and that everyone is beautiful if you look into their hearts.

This third volume contains a number of bonus stories. The first, “Teen Drop”, is a bittersweet tale with a heartwarming end that wins out in the overall tone. It revolves around unrequited love and the hopes of a girl. It shines with the message that “Any girl can be pretty.” The second story is a comical look at how some nail work makes all the difference during a love confession. From the point of view of Kiri’s cat Shampoo, the third tale reveals how Shampoo and Kiri first met. It is a charming little story that tugs on the heartstrings and goes for an unexpected laugh at the very end.

IN SUMMARY:
Beauty Pop is a manga with comedic style, wit and a warm heart.

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