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Kashimashi Vol. 3 by Akahori Satoru and Katsura Yukimaru 
2nd-Oct-2007 12:38 pm
Akahori, Satoru and Yukimaru Katsura. Kashimashi ~Girl Meets Girl~. Vol. 3. Trans. Adrienne Beck and Janet Houck. Seven Seas, 2007.
          Summary: Hazumu takes Tomari on a date, unaware that Yasuna, who has decided to stand aside, is ill. Turns out, though, that Hazumu isn't willing to give her up, and Yasuna and Tomari agree to join together in their mutual love for Hazumu instead. And the boy-turned-girl is going to need it because now she only has one month left to live...
          Comments: Why do I continue to waste my time? I must still be hung over from the pleasures of the first volume because this book manages just to trot out even more stupidity. (Though, perhaps because my expectations have been lowered so dramatically, I'm not quite so disgusted as I was last time.) This time around, we've got the sleepover and the school athletic day for stereotypical subplots. Even the potential pathos surrounding Hazumu's impending death is thoroughly mitigated by the obviousness of its upcoming resolution. The third volume's sole saving grace (if you can even call it that) is the chapter that is told from Yasuna's point of view. She's a vaguely interesting character: beautiful, unapproachable, and emotionally blocked. She can't even "see" boys, which means that the only emotional attachments (romantic or otherwise) she will ever develop are with other girls. Which I suppose puts her about as close to actual lesbianism as this silly yuri series ever gets.
          Notes: ~B6 paperback, 1st American edition; first published in Japan by Media Works in 2006
          Rating: 3/10 - This is fast becoming a series suitable only for the diehard yuri fan, the easy-to-please, and the extremely masochistic.
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