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Takane & Hana Vol. #11 Manga Review

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Heartbreak and reunions.

Heartbreak and reunions.

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Yuki Shiwasu
Translation/Adaptation: JN Productions

What They Say
Takane gives Hana a surprise kiss on the nose, and now a flustered Hana is dying to know what it means! Meanwhile, Takane’s cousin Yakumo wants to be reacquainted with Takane, but there’s an ominous vibe about him… What exactly is he after?

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Hana is dying to find out why Takane gave her a peck on the nose when he was drunk. Takane is fully aware of his actions and is internally beating himself for his impulsiveness. Hana wonders if he’s noticed her feelings for him. When she confronts him and a confession tumbles out, they both are embarrassed and awkward. In the end, Takane instead peddles backwards and tells her it was a mistake and shuts her out.

Takane’s cousin, Yakumo, has returned from the United states, and it’s clear he isn’t too fond of Takane. His goal remains unclear, but he has been able to sneak into Hana’s sister, Yukari’s, life. Yukari is not interested in him at all. However, Yakumo has figured out that it’s Hana, and not Yukari, that is Takane’s marriage partner.

As more information about Yakumo is revealed, he was once very kind and like an older brother to Takane, until he couldn’t keep up with Takane’s success and he turned bitter. He is also involved with the yakuza. When he kidnaps Hana, he blurts all his hatred for Takane and bits of their shared past together. However, Yakumo isn’t fooling around. He is out to completely destroy Takane, and Hana is just a means to an end. With the help of Hana’s family, Okamon and Takane’s assistant, they are able to pinpoint Hana’s location. Takane makes a grand entrance by helicopter and grovels in front of Yakumo to let Hana go. In the end, things go sideways and Yakumo orders Takane to strip and tap dance in exchange for letting Hana safely go. Takane is willing, but Hana won’t have it. She uses her pepper spray on Yakumo and asserts that the only person that will harass Takane will be her.

In Summary:
A very different turn in this story occurred. It’s been mostly light and fluffy humor and feelings, but it actually became a bit dark. Revenge, kidnapping and threats were high on the itinerary of this volume. I kind of liked it. I think that being this story is at volume eleven and kept going at the same pace, it might have become stale, but this shook things up in a way that was well timed and needed. There were some strong feelings in the beginning that were felt, especially from Hana’s point of view. So, this little interlude, helped her and Takane come back around to what was really important. I continue to still really enjoy this series, despite not knowing what to think every time I pick it up.

Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: B+
Packaging Grade: C
Text/Translation Grade: A

Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Shojo Beat (Viz Media)
Release Date: October 1, 2019
MSRP: $9.99

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