Story: Kyousuke Motomi
Art: Kyousuke Motomi
Translation/Adaptation: JN Productions
What They Say
As Teru comes to terms with Kurosaki’s past wrongdoings, Kurosaki searches for the culprit who is trying to resurrect the “Jack Frost” virus he created. But when he learns that Teru might be in danger, will he keep his promise to leave her alone, or will the two be reunited?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
This volume comes to a climax for Teru/Kurosaki fans. After putting our couple through the emotional wringer for several chapters, they are finally reunited. Their meeting isn’t quite what you’d expect it to be; Motomi-sensei builds up all this dramatic anticipation, making the story look like it’s going to go one way and then shifts it wildly in the other direction. Still, the “low handed” manner in which Teru gets her man back is definitely keeping in character for our couple, and the close of Chapter 41 should be fluffy enough to satisfy the romantics.
Motomi-sensei plays a similar tactic in Chapter 42 with both Teru and Kurosaki falling for a fast one. To be honest, their friends’ actions come across as perplexing, especially given Riko’s strongly negative response to Kurosaki’s question about “the sacred rite between a man and a woman.” Part of me feels as if Motomi-sensei inserted the scene just for the shock of Kurosaki seeing Teru in a bathrobe. At any rate, the chapter extends the fluffiness just a little longer before our cast returns to the regular world.
After all the talk in Chapter 42 about Kurosaki having to go into hiding, it feels anticlimactic to have Kurosaki and Teru back in a normal school setting. Once they had their reunion and heart-to-heart, I honestly thought the series would wrap up. But it continues on, with the scheming Akira as the last bit of unresolved business. But so much has already been settled with Kurosaki’s secrets and our main couple’s feelings for one another, Akira almost doesn’t seem to matter anymore. Motomi-sensei’s going to have to shake things up a bit to keep things interesting for this title.
The story builds to a climax with Teru doing all in her power to reunite with Kurosaki. Romantics should be pleased once everything comes to a head, but so much gets resolved that the series feels as if it should conclude here instead of continuing with another volume.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B-
Packaging Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: B-
Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: March 6th, 2012