Saturday, November 3, 2012

Manga Review: Marmalade Boy, Volume 8, by Wataru Yoshizumi

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5 (maybe 4)
Publisher: Tokyopop
Volumes: 8
Spoilers?: Yes.

Goodreads Synopsis:

And you thought your family was strange? Miki's world gets turned upside down when her parents swap spouses with another couple and all decide to live together under one roof. It only gets weirder when Miki falls in love with her new stepbrother Like a dysfunctional version of the Brady Bunch, Marmalade Boy will hook readers with its odd premise and wacky relationships.

What I'm Going To Miss:

  • The characters, especially the couples together.
  • The cliche shojo material (even if it is cliche, I still love it).


The last volume of Marmalade Boy, ahh… Sad. I’m gonna miss this series; even if the ratings aren’t that high, I still really enjoyed it. And now it’s all over. Again: sad.
This volume takes place a bit after the last one. Everyone is now in college, going on with their lives. Arimi and Ginta are happy, Meiko and Nachan are happily married, Suzu and Kei have gotten close, and Miki and Yuu are still apart. Miki is trying to go on with her life happily, but seeing something that Yuu gave her makes cry and decide to go see him. Only, he lies and says he has a girlfriend. After her confession, she starts to act normal whenever she talks to him, while Yuu misses her and avoids going home or talking to the family at all.
But he does go home to visit, and ends up telling Miki the truth. They both still love each other, and so as a last goodbye, they go on the vacation they’d planned however long ago. They have fun together, and at the end, they decide that they don’t care if they’re blood related. They love each other too much, and so they are going to get married.
When they get home, they talk to their parents, saying how they know that they’re related, and that they love each other anyway. We then get the full story of how their parents know each other, and that, of course, Yuu actually is his father’s son, and he and Miki aren’t related by blood. I was expecting this, but it was still a good scene.
It was a good end to a good series, and I am sad to see it go. I’ll miss all of the characters, but they all got rather happy, predictable endings (well, except for Miwa).

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