Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: April 2016
MEGUMI À LA MODE Graduation is only a few months away and Mei and Yamato have both found their future careers. Mei has decided to go into childcare and Yamato will become a professional photographer. But not everyone has found their place. Megumi uses the summer break to travel to Paris in an attempt to make it as an international model, but she quickly discovers that she doesn’t have the same appeal as she does back home. Megumi will do anything it takes to break into the industry, but she may have to rely on local help to overcome the many hurdles that stand in her way...
A large part of this volume focuses on Megumi, and I’m really quite interested in what she’s doing. She’s abroad in France now, and it’s not working quite as well as she thought. Most companies just aren’t that interested in an Asian model, and so she’s having a hard time finding work. She doesn’t stop trying, though, looking everywhere that she can, going out every day, even trying more desperate tactics when she has to.
I respect Megumi here, with how hard she works for it. I actually wanted more of her, for once.
Then there’s Kai and Rin. Rin has a huge crush on him, and he agrees to give it a try. But that’s clearly not going to work for long, especially when he feels so bad for not liking her in the same way. I’m interested to see what happens there when Megumi comes back, because I really see something happening there. I’m honestly excited for it.
We also saw a bit of Mei and Yamato here, of course. They’re slowly going forward in their career decisions, and Yamato is learning and experimenting with his camera. It looks like we might get a cute date between them next time.
This series is always fun to read, and I’m always looking forward to the next one.