MIXED VEGETABLES VOL. 3 (ADVANCE REVIEW)

Posted On February - 24 - 2009
  RELEASED BY:   VIZ MEDIA
  AUTHOR / ART:  

AYUMI KOMURA

  FORMAT:   JAPANESE / B&W
  PAGES:   200
  RATING:   T
  RELEASE DATE:   03/04/2009
  REVIEW DATE:   02/23/2009
  REVIEWED BY:   HOLLY ELLINGWOOD



Hanayu comes face to face with the sushi chef who inspired her to become one and it is none other than Hayato’s father! She’s overwhelmed when he offers her an apprentice position, but first she has to get her father’s consent. Will she have the courage to tell her family she has chosen to follow a dream of her own, one separate from the family pastry business?

It’s a trying time for Hanayu in this volume. Various sides give her degrees of support or obstruction in regards to pursuing her dream. Her father is adamantly against it. Hayato however is supporting her diligently. If she can show the strength and courage to follow her dream, then maybe he can go against convention and pursue his dream of becoming a pastry chef. What makes the decision especially difficult is all the pressure Hanayu is under. The demands of her family’s hopes for her, the expectations they’ve placed upon her and the dreams of her baby brother to become a pro-athlete, all rest squarely on her shoulders. She does not want to be selfish, but to stay in the role their expectations have caused would leave her forever unhappy. She is decidedly torn. In this volume however she does make a decision, but can she stick to it?

Getting to see Hayato’s family and getting to know them a bit better has been interesting. But Hanayu is no closer to figuring out why Hayato wants to become a pastry chef. All his support has led her to realize how much she cares for him and that she’s fallen in love with him. It is only natural for her to ask him why he wants to become a pastry chef but when she asks, he coldly shuts her out. Just what kind of secret is in Hayato’s past to make him react in such a manner? The mystery deepens even while big steps are taken in the latest volume of the manga series that always leaves the reader with something left to chew over.


IN SUMMARY:
Hanayu makes a fateful decision in the latest volume of Mixed Vegetables!

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