Saturday, August 22, 2015

Manga Review: Spell of Desire, Volume 5, by Tomu Ohmi

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Volumes: 5
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3. 4.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Kaoruko Mochizuki runs an herb shop in a small seaside town. One day, a mysterious man dressed in black named Kaname Hibiki enters her shop and reveals that Kaoruko is actually a witch. And what’s more, Kaoruko needs Kaname to help control her awakening power!

With the reawakening of the Witch Queen, Kaoruko and Kaname are called back to the coven. As his punishment for betraying the Witch Queen and falling in love with Kaoruko, Kaname has his five senses, and even his memories of Kaoruko, stripped from him. Unable to fight against such a powerful spell, the two are in despair, but they discover that Kaoruko, who has received the blessing of a white witch, may be the only one capable of breaking that spell!


We finally get to meet the witch queen. And she’s kind of terrible. She had her reasons, which we’re shown later, but I’m still not a big fan. By meeting her, though, and with what we know and learn about Kaoruko’s grandmother, we get a better view of who Kaoruko is and how she came to be this way.
There’s a big final trial in this volume to see how strong Kaoruko really is, and how strong her and Kaname’s love really is. I like how Kaoruko stood up for what she wanted and fought back, and how she did what she had to do in order to get what was important to her.
While I am not in love with Kaoruko and Kaname as a couple, their chemistry just hasn’t really hit me, but I do believe in them, and that they believe in them. I liked how they came out of what happened to them, how they fought and loved each other through it.
The ending was nice. It felt fitting and deserving after everything, and I think it worked well for Kaoruko and Kaname. It wasn’t my favorite series, but I enjoyed it.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, and Erik Jansen from MediaLab PR. Thank you so, so much!

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