MIXED VEGETABLES VOL. 4 (ADVANCE REVIEW)

Posted On June - 1 - 2009
  RELEASED BY:   VIZ MEDIA
  AUTHOR / ART:  

AYUMI KOMURA

  FORMAT:   JAPANESE / B&W
  PAGES:   200
  RATING:   T
  RELEASE DATE:   06/02/2009
  REVIEW DATE:   06/01/2009
  REVIEWED BY:   HOLLY ELLINGWOOD



Hanayu has received her father’s blessing to pursue her dream of becoming a sushi chef and Hayato’s father has hired her at Sushi Hyuga. Hayato however has yet to tell his family about his desire to buck the system and become a pastry chef out of a family of sushi cooks.  He refused at first to tell Hana why he wants so badly to become a pastry chef like her father. But then he challenges her to a competition and if she wins then he’ll tell her everything.

She ends up finding out his secret and it’s a quirky revelation. However, now another concern weighs on Hana’s mind. Her dream of being a sushi chef and Hayato’s dream of excelling at pastry are completely opposite, making the two friends passing ships in the night. She wants to support him as he has been doing her, but with her realization of just how much she likes him, Hana is torn between supporting his dream and trying to keep him with her.

Curiously the story takes a complete side-step and devotes a number of pages to a side-story with Saki, the trainee at Sushi Yuga. He’s an open and nice guy. During the parent-teacher home visits, Hana and Hayato see a great change come over Saki when he sees their teacher, the gorgeous and androgynous Matsuzuka. When they learn Saki is in love with her, the two decide to meddle on their friend’s behalf. They go to silly but heartwarming lengths to get the two together in order for Saki to confess his love. It leaves things at an interesting intersection with the possibility of romance down the road.

Speaking of romance, the last chapter the manga gets back to the main plot of Hana and Hayato. She learns a lot about his family while working for them. Much of their devotion is due to the artistry Hayato’s much admired grandfather. It explains to a great degree why he might be reluctant to tell his family that he wishes to break off with tradition and go into pastry making. But when Hana learns of his mother’s feelings towards Hayato’s future, she’s more confused than ever. If the family wouldn’t object, than why doesn’t Hayato speak up? A mystery has just been cooked up but will the wasabi ever enter the romance still yet to sizzle between Hana and Hayato? Curiouser and curiouser…


IN SUMMARY:
Hana pursues her dream but she fears it will part her from the boy she cares for in the latest volume of the manga. Things are only just heating up!

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