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Kisses, Sighs, and Cherry Blossoms Pink: The Complete Collection Paperback – June 4, 2013
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Morinaga Milk is a much-lauded yuri manga artist whose works have been published in Comic High, Comic Yuri Hime, and other manga magazines in Japan.
Top Customer Reviews
There's the main couple, Nana and HItomi. But as the story goes on, there are random one-shots of other characters that pop up. Those stories are sweet, but they are short, and feel somewhat incomplete. They also interrupt the flow of the main story. Sometimes it's hard to keep the characters and relationships apart.
The feelings are natural, but rushed in all of the stories, as they move quickly. You don't really get to know the characters like you do in Girl Friends. Overall, I wish the manga would've just been about one relationship. Nana and HItomi is the main one, but it reminds me too much of Mari and Akko - they even look alike and act similar to some degree. I enjoyed Abe and Tachibana's story the most, and would love to have seen that as a full, heartwarming manga itself instead of a one-shot.
What I like about this series is that it brings up some incidents of homophobia and other issues that lesbians face in real life. It tells of real love between girls, and isn't overflowing with fanservice. It's worth reading, it's cute, but it was too short overall to be considered a masterpiece.
One of the main things that works so well for this volume is that the artwork is typical Milk Morinaga quality. The drawings are simply beautiful, making it very obvious as to why she's considered to be one of the top artists in the field of yuri manga. She puts just as much effort into each panel as she would for her splash pages, for the most part. There are some panels here and there where things aren't as high quality as others are, but by regular manga standards her panels are still of exceptionally high quality.
What made me really appreciate this volume is that while Morinaga essentially re-tells the same story she has in some of her other work, it still feels fresh. Part of this is because the cast revolves around several different girls in Sakuraki High and the school that Hitomi attends, allowing for things to shift to another character once things begin coming to a head or start to resolve.
Another thing that I liked was the attention to detail in this volume when it came to the translation. One of my quibbles with previous volumes of Morinaga's work was that there were some typos here and there. I wasn't able to find any here, which shows that Seven Seas is really trying hard to catch everything in their edits.Read more ›
There's all the guidelines of her artistic way of describing love between girls, it's delicate yet funny and heartwarming, and it's a great prequel to Girlfriends, the masterpiece of Morinaga Sensei.
It's a must if you want to read a great and charming love story, something that go beyond the gender.
Meh, maybe I'm too harsh. But there's better stuff out there.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this for a friend, and he greatly enjoyed it! I bought it new for about 13 bucks. Thanks to my Amazon gift card, I spent nothing!Published 17 months ago by Anna Louise De Guzman
This is probably one of the best Yuri manga alongside "Girl Friends" that got published in North America. Definitely recommend.Published 19 months ago by Gee