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Arisa 4 Paperback – September 13, 2011
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Born January 27th in the Aichi prefecture of Japan, NATSUMI ANDO won the prestigious 19th annual Nakayoshi Rookie Award in 1994 for her debut, Headstrong Cinderella. Her other popular series include Zodiac P.I. and Kitchen Princess. Her hobbies include reading, watching movies, and eating delicious food. The author lives in Japan.
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** This review contains no spoilers for Arisa 4 but will of course have them for previous volumes. **
Tsubasa's acquired a huge clue from Mariko and is determined to figure out who the owners of the five chosen numbers are. Knowing Arisa's boyfriend is one of them complicates things and makes Tsubasa's charade even more difficult. And the King is still playing his dangerous games.
The reader is ahead of Tsubasa after the ending reveal in volume 3 and it's interesting to guess where things are (and aren't leading). There continues to be a lot of revelations and reversals but the plot is all still logically sound and I'm enjoying the ride. We meet another seemingly important character, perhaps the most intriguing yet.
One of the things I like most about this manga is the characters and their interactions. The events tend towards over the top but the characters reactions and emotions are grounded and realistic. Tsubasa is given reasons to doubt herself, which makes her determination even more admirable and endearing.
Really loving this series. Highly recommended.
I've been wanting to read the next one in this series for a while, and I finally found it. I'm mostly enjoying the series, but I'm still wondering where it's going. As more complications are just about the only thing happening.
At the beginning of this one, Osawa steals the phone from Tsubasa, putting her in a fire in the midst, only for Kudo, the guy that set her up, to 'save' her. Osawa uses the phone to make a wish, because he wants this girl, but then she makes fun of him (because she thinks that he's stalking her, which is possibly true), and so he decides to change his wish to that he wishes she wouldn't judge people by their looks. And so she goes blind. And Osawa doesn't even seem sorry about it! He's a little psychotic, I think.
Only she doesn't really go blind, since Tsubasa blocked her from the glass that hit her eyes. And I'm wondering what happened to Osawa, since Kudo does something to him and we don't see him anymore in this volume.
And then Midori breaks up with Arisa/Tsubasa, because he doesn't think she really loves him. Which makes sense, since she's been hanging out with Manabe a lot. Anyway, Manabe and Tsubasa, and Takeru, are trying to find out who has the two other phones (you know, the phones with the numbers that were chosen by the king). But Manabe is acting weird, and we see that he has one of the phones that Tsubasa is looking for (which I was really confused by, in a way that made me think it could have been done better, but I get it now). And then he's mean to Tsubasa, and we find out that he has a friend who used to go to their school, and who has the phone they are looking for. Tsubasa meets her, is nice to her, but she hates Arisa for some reason. She's been hurt, and is in a wheelchair, but is going on some field trip with their class. And she has all three of the phones, and is obviously planning to do something to Arisa/Tsubasa.
We keep finding out that Arisa has done these terrible things, but have a completely different impression of her from Tsubasa. I'm wondering when (if) she's going to wake up so that we can find out who she actually is. And, I'm thinking that Kudo is the King? (Unless they introduce someone else...) He's up to something big that we aren't aware of. I'm waiting for all of that to hit, for whatever this is all leading up to. I'm hoping that it's good, and that there aren't too many things that are going to come up to prolong it from occurring.
So, I'm enjoying the series, for the most part. And I have the next couple, so I'll probably be reviewing them soon.
The owners of the all of the King Time numbers have been revealed to the reader, whereas Tsubasa only discovers up to the second to last.
A new character is introduced; one whom holds a grudge against Tsubasa's sister, Arisa. Could Arisa not be the sweetheart Tsubasa thinks she knows? After two near deaths for Tsubasa, three of the four phones now lie in the hands of one person. Whether they be friend or foe in the longrun of the series is yet to be seen.
While the story of the Arisa series remains as strong and breathtaking as ever, the art has quite sadly gone back a step. The beautiful art that improved in volume 2 seems to be getting increasingly sloppy and less detailed. Facial expressions look awkward in views that the artist was usually quite skilled at. It's especially noticeable in the guys with their lopsided mouths and at times funky looking noses. Despite the backwards movement of the artwork, the story still continues to be just as exciting and full of twists and turns as previous installments.
Looking forward to volume 5 in November! :)