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Say, I Love You Vol. #04 Manga Review

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Say I Love You Volume 4 CoverEmotions on the rise!

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Kanae Hazuki
Translation: Alethea and Athena Nibley

What They Say
Surviving the first major battle in her relationship with Yamato Kurosawa, Mei feels her ties with her first-ever boyfriend are deeper than ever. But then a budding model with her eyes on Yamato moves into town, and draws the photogenic Yamato into the world of photo shoots and fashion. Now Mei has to grapple with the painful pangs of jealousy, and a creeping fear that she might be left alone yet again…

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
With his modeling off to a good start, Yamato’s popularity continues to skyrocket. Apparently the magazine he appeared in did quite well on the stands, so Megumi says that the magazine people are asking to have him back. He does ask Mei first, but she acts supportive despite her true feelings. Yamato’s kindness then ends up working against him, as he takes Megumi up on an offer to eat at her place, as she says she made way too much food. Shockingly she’s actually completely sincere, and actually outs herself as a bit of an oddball in the process, and in the end Yamato agrees to come again. Unfortunately though, he doesn’t tell Mei, and she ends up overhearing some gossip on the subject.

Though Mei doesn’t exactly distrust Yamato it still hurts her deeply, and she ends up consulting with Aiko and Asami. While driving herself further and further into frustration, a strange boy named Kai actually pops up and starts working alongside Mei. To make matters stranger, he’s actually also set to join Mei’s school in April. Later on, Megumi’s teasing in a magazine finally drives Mei over the edge, and forces Aiko to knock some sense into Yamato. The two lovers then bare their feelings to one another, and it looks like they’re actually going to finally get it on… only for Mei’s mother to come home! Even so, it ends up as a nice bonding moment, and Yamato decides to quit modeling due to Mei’s feelings.

Finally, the new school year starts out and Kai does indeed pop up. It turns out that he was actually Yamato’s friend who got bullied in middle school, but since then he’s seriously changed his image. When it turns out that his reasons for doing so turn out to be not so pure, though, will Mei be able to talk him out of walking a dark and nasty path?

In Summary
This volume does once again hit on some interesting and deep topics, but it does approach them a little awkwardly at times. Kai in particular is a great addition to the cast, and he’s got some serious baggage that he brings along with him as well. Unfortunately, though, it feels like the topic of his story may be dealt with a tad too lightly. Obviously his plan in the story was wrong, but the solution being to essentially just walk away rather than reporting anything or more appropriately tackling the emotional distress involved with the problem feels more than a little messed up. Similarly, it feels a little lopsided to have the modeling issue end as it does, and a bit more of a “compromise” may have been somewhat more natural and healthy. Regardless, there’s still some great moments, and it looks like Megumi may actually be a more interesting and involved character than she first appeared. It’s a shame the situations contained within the book don’t feel like they were handled exactly right, but even so this is another enjoyable read that’s unlikely to leave fans feeling let down.

Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: B-
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+

Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: October 14th, 2014
MSRP: $10.99

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