Saturday, June 27, 2015

Manga Review: Yukarism, Volume 2, by Chika Shiomi

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Volumes: 4.
Spoilers?: Not really.
Volume: 1. 3.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Yukari Kobayakawa, an accomplished author at the age of 17, writes with amazingly accurate details about historical Japan. It turns out he has the ability to travel back in time…to his past life as a renowned courtesan in the Edo period! As he goes back and forth between the past and present, he unravels the karmic relationship he has with his beautiful classmate Mahoro Tachibana…


I was surprised with this volume. While I enjoyed the previous one, this one was even better. It had me all caught up and excited in the action.
Yukari continues going to his past self, trying to figure out what the connection to his present is. He lets Satomi stay with him, take care of the house in place of his aunt.
Yukari is pretty much just along for the ride, entertained by life and the people around him, practically trying to take a back seat and let it all happen. But he’s getting more genuinely interested in the people around him, even while not realizing. He seems to be interested in Mahoro, the feelings slowly developing for him. They’re developing much faster for Mahoro, though.
Unbeknownst to Yukari, Mahoro and Satomi are having flashbacks, almost black-outs while their past selves take over. This is surprising for them, and for each other, as they have lingering hatred and betrayals. I was surprised with the twist thrown in about their identities, and the apparent betrayal hinted at from their pasts. I also love it, and am so excited about it.
This volume surprised me and really pulled me in, as I was hoping it would. And now I’m super excited to get the next volume.

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