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Kashimashi Vol. 2 by Akahori Satoru and Katsura Yukimaru 
26th-Sep-2007 02:21 pm
Akahori, Satoru and Yukimaru Katsura. Kashimashi ~Girl Meets Girl~. Vol. 2. Trans. Adrienne Beck and Janet Houck. Seven Seas, 2007.
          Summary: Yasuna and Hazumu are an item, and summer has arrived. Unfortunately, it's a lot of angst in the sun for the friends as Hazumu realizes that she can't definitively choose between Yasuna and Tomari. And to make matters worse, Tomari has declared that she will also compete for Hazumu...
          Comments: Goddammit! I just KNEW it was too good to last. Though for whatever bizarre reason Katsura continues to abstain from panty shots, he's fast making up for it with abundant amounts of underaged cleavage. Which I'm sorry does not in any way make up for the utter dearth of original storytelling. We've got the beach story (bikinis!), the summer festival story (yukata!), and the school pool story (one piece swimsuits!). The only real advancement of the plot, perfunctory though it is, happens painfully late in the book, and it's all centered around that tiresome conceit about the protagonist who cannot make up her mind. But of course the adolescent boy for whom this title was intended would tell you that he'd rather have her have it all, anyway. Not to mention that, once she does make up her mind, this romantic comedy (well, it's a comedy thus far) will end. Hmm...I hope it Akahori hurries it up.
          Notes: ~B6 paperback, 1st American edition; first published in Japan by Media Works in 2005
          Rating: 2/10 - One of the worst volumes of manga I've read in recent memory--hands down.
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