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Little Queen Vol. 2 by Kim Yeon-Joo 
6th-Feb-2008 11:59 pm
Kim, Yeon-Joo. Little Queen. Vol. 2. Trans. Jennifer Hahm and Ethan Russell. Los Angeles: TOKYOPOP, 2007.
          Summary: Demons come to Rohini Academy in pursuit of Sejuru. He fends them off for a time, but the mysterious holy light that ultimately drive them away leaves him (temporarily) blind. Meanwhile, June hopes to solidify her position as frontrunner for the crown, and the students prepare eagerly to appear before the current Queen.
          Comments: I remember seeing this series on the shelves back when I was living in Korea, but I don't think I ever picked it up; after all, there were so many other promising manhwa competing for my attention, and I didn't have time for it all! Little Queen, however, has proven to be worth the time. Gorgeous and impeccably laid-out artwork that reminds me of the best Shinshokan has to offer, a slightly mysterious, surreal storyline, and plenty of sadistic comic relief (plus insider references to popular anime and manga series) are more than enough to keep me captivated. Though the plot seems to advance more slowly in the second volume than the first (and I'm hoping Kim doesn't go for a Sejuru backstory as facile as, say, his being the son of the current Queen of Light and the Demon King), I find that I don't mind. The little, drawn out moments are quite lovely in their own impressionistic right and are classically manga-esque.
          Notes: paperback, 1st American edition; first published in Korea by Daiwon C.I. in 2003
          Rating: 6/10 - Superb shoujo style. Kim Yeon-Joo does the Korean manhwa industry proud.
9th-Feb-2008 10:05 am (UTC)
Very pretty cover. I might have to try this one.
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