MIXED VEGETABLES VOL. 8

Posted On July - 10 - 2010
  RELEASED BY:   VIZ MEDIA
  AUTHOR / ART:   AYUMI KOMURA
  FORMAT:   JAPANESE / B&W 
  PAGES:   200
  RATING:   T
  RELEASE DATE:   07/06/2010
  REVIEW DATE:   07/10/2010
  REVIEWED BY:   HOLLY ELLINGWOOD



Hana and Hayato have come a long way since they first met. A simple pact to date each other to achieve their dreams grew into true love, but now their dreams threaten to tear their love apart. It’s the final volume of Mixed Vegetables and there’s a lot cooking before the curtain goes down.

Hana has been missing Hayato terribly during his brief stint in France. What she doesn’t know is that her father has asked him to stay in France to open a new pastry shop there. It is a dream come true for Hayato except for the promise he made to his dying grandfather to take over the sushi restaurant his family runs. A promise from beyond the grave threatens his happiness, but it also threatens Hana’s too.

Hana notices the difference in Hayato when he comes back. He puts on a brave front but she can tell that although he loves her and wants to stay with her, it goes against his heart’s desire to become a pastry chef.  His decision eats at both of them and Maezawa’s meddling doesn’t help. In the end Hana makes a decision, choosing his happiness over her own. It hurts them both but it may be for the best if they are to achieve their ambitions, but can they still find their way back to each other’s hearts?

There is a lot of heart tugging moments during the conclusion of this final volume. The break up and ramifications along with the reasons why all build to a bittersweet and heartfelt finale. An epilogue set eight years later brings the tale to a close, letting the reader know what has happened to their beloved characters.

The last volume also includes a short story about Matsu’s one ambition and the thoughts of the woman his ambition lies with.

IN SUMMARY:
Hana and Hayato’s story comes to a heartfelt finale in this concluding volume. Big choices are faced by each of them and the future rides on their decision.

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