MIXED VEGETABLES VOL. 2 (ADVANCE REVIEW)

Posted On December - 1 - 2008
  RELEASED BY:   VIZ MEDIA
  AUTHOR / ART:  

AYUMI KOMURA

  FORMAT:   JAPANESE / B&W
  PAGES:   200
  RATING:   T
  RELEASE DATE:   12/02/2008
  REVIEW DATE:   12/01/2008
  REVIEWED BY:   HOLLY ELLINGWOOD



Hayato’s reaction to Hana’s confession that she only dated him at first to marry into his sushi family doesn’t get the reaction Hana anticipated. He in turn confesses he was doing the same thing to her! He wants to be a pastry chef and marrying her would be a way out of running the sushi restaurant his family owns. But his reaction turns downright ugly, upsetting Hana. Now they can barely stand each other and the days in the cooking class get worse and worse. Finally she confronts him in a surprising manner. Will she be able to restore the bond she felt she shared with the guy who has the same problem she does?

The series gains dramatic ground in this volume. The added drive is an impetus the story needed. The unexpected behaviors of Hana and Hayato gives their personalities more depth and makes the story that much more interesting. As the two manage to find some equilibrium in their relationship, Hana continues to question her true feelings towards Hayato. Does she truly like him or is it simply her desire to become a sushi chef that fuels her feelings?  So amidst cake offs and cook offs and baking tests, she tries to figure out her heart and Hayato. There doesn’t seem to be much progress until two things happen. First a trip to her home with Hayato, and then a discovery neither of them could have anticipated.

When Hayato visits Hana at her home, he finds out why she has so much pressure on her shoulders to take over the pastry business. A lot of it has to do with her younger brother, the baseball prodigy. But the realization brings out a startling side to Hayato.

The second thing is Hayato’s enquiring after what made Hana want to become a sushi chef so badly. She tells him of her visit long ago and the amazing eggs she ate there. Determined to cheer her up, Hayato vows to recreate for her that same dish. The results is the uncovering of a connection neither of them ever suspected and leaves readers hanging to guess what happens next.

Mixed Vegetables is a curious Romeo and Juliet story but without the tragedy. They are two people from houses “alike in dignity”. But one has a sushi legacy, the other pastry. As the two learn more about each other, they learn more about themselves and grow closer to each other. Can either of them achieve their dreams and make their families happy?


IN SUMMARY:
It’s a tossed salad of emotions in the second volume of Mixed Vegetables!

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