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Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura , Vol. 10 (SAKURA HIME KADEN) Paperback – June 4, 2013
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Arina Tanemura began her manga career in 1996 when her short stories debuted in Ribon magazine. She gained fame with the 1997 publication of I•O•N, and ever since her debut Tanemura has been a major force in shojo manga with popular series Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, Time Stranger Kyoko, Full Moon, and The Gentlemen’s Alliance †. Both Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne and Full Moon have been adapted into animated TV series.
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The series get better with every volume, and this volume is no exception. It created unexpected turnabout in a Romeo & Juliet relationship between an enemy and an ally. The enemy's motives continue to not to be so clear; sometimes, they present themselves as antagonists, and other times, they present themselves as neutral or even friends. The disturbing water torture chamber scene makes it definitely not for kids.
[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
(Contains spoilers, with warning.)
I’m not really very caught up in this story, it just doesn’t grab me very well, and I’m not sure why. I like it, I’m enjoying reading it, but still. It’s kind of slow, or I’m not very invested in the characters, or something. I don’t know.
At the end of the last volume, I was upset with how things were left. Because of how much I like Hayate. The start of this volume really dissipated that anxious feeling, though, as we find out what’s really happening, and that it’s more cliché and cutesy than I was hoping for. I should have suspected, though, really.
Also, I don’t really like what happened. I was a full shipper of Hayate/Kohaku. And now Tanemura is trying to mess me up with a Hayate/Rurijo pair? That’s not okay. (SPOILER!) Especially given that Rurijo breaks the frog spell on Hayate, Kohaku confesses to him, and he turns her down because he’s now in love with Rurijo. I’m not okay with this. Not at all.
I remember liking Rurijo at the beginning, and then not liking her, and now I’m just not sure. I feel for her, for what she’s going through with Enju. But I also kind of don’t trust her. I don’t like her and Hayate solely because of Kohaku. Then I guess there’s Shuri who likes Kohaku, but I never thought that would go anywhere; maybe I was wrong? I’m looking forward to how it all develops, but at the moment, I’m not very happy about it.
After that, there’s a chapter with Sakura meeting the emperor, and that doesn’t go well at all. I’m not sure how I feel about the ending of it, aside from the fact that I can’t really be unhappy with what happened to the emperor. What Enju did wasn’t very good, but I also didn’t like what happened to Sakura.
Then the rest of the volume is taken up with the conclusion (at least, I think so?) of Princess Yuri and Maimai, in a surprising turn of events. Overall, it was just kind of a sweet story. The ending was nice for the characters, I liked finding out more about Maimai, and Yuri, I guess.
This was an overall okay volume. I enjoyed it, but I’m still not particularly invested in the story. I care more about Rurijo/Hayate/Kohaku/even Shuri more than I do about Enju/Sakura/Aoba, though, and that says something. I don’t know. I’m still reading. I’m mostly looking forward to the next volume, but I’m not eagerly anticipating it.
Contains Chapters 35 - 39
35.) Friendship and Naiveté
36.) Believing Is a Sin, and Betrayal Shall Face Punishment
37.) Beauty Is a Sin
38.) I Too Was Guided by Fate
39.) Dancing Like a Lily