CAPTIVE HEARTS VOL. 2 (ADVANCE REVIEW)

Posted On January - 3 - 2009
  RELEASED BY:   VIZ MEDIA
  AUTHOR / ART:  

MATSURI HINO

  FORMAT:   JAPANESE / B&W
  PAGES:   200
  RATING:   T
  RELEASE DATE:   01/06/2009
  REVIEW DATE:   01/03/2009
  REVIEWED BY:   HOLLY ELLINGWOOD



The light comedy gets serious in the second volume of the series. It starts off with fun and humor as Megumi and Suzuka continue to try to balance their lives together with his curse of wanting to serve her with extreme laughable devotion. She wants to wait to break the curse and be sure his feelings are his own while he just wants to be by her side forever. Trouble starts when a rich heir arranges a betrothal to Suzuka. Being only a poor manservant, Megumi is at a loss as to how to win her back. To make matters more complicated (and comical), it turns out that the rich Hiryu’s servant is part of the Kogami family, meaning that Megumi will do anything the man orders him to do!

The couple certainly has their hands full this time. Dealing with curses, conniving servants, and a persistent suitor makes their lives chaotic, even more so than usual. But real drama enters the picture when Megumi’s mother, a member of INTERPOL, arrives.  She has brought a boy from Suzuka’s past and opens up the door to the horrible origins of how Suzuka lost her family and ended up in China. A story of slave traders, murder and abuse are revealed and it is heartbreaking. Megumi doesn’t know how best to comfort her. The boy Arjuna, there to help her suppressed memories surface, shares a bond with her that Megumi cannot intercede upon. The more serious investigation and trying to capture slave traders are far and away from the lighter tone of the manga so far. Megumi struggles with the growing feeling of distance and helplessness he is experiencing, while Suzuka puts herself through turmoil in order to recall the painful memories of her tragic past and help the police.  It is heartwarming to see how they each try to support and reach the other through these difficult times but it may be a bumpy road ahead for them between the curse and dealing with this more dramatic obstacle.


IN SUMMARY:
The comedic romance hits an angst ridden obstacle in the latest volume of Captive Hearts.

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