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Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty 1 Paperback – December 5, 2017
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So the main girl has multiple personalities. Some of the personalities are male. But in order to spice up the story, the main conflict of the story is that a new personality comes out and makes problems. The first book is mainly setting up the premise, but it feels like we're just going to see new personalities causing new problems over and over again. I'm just not that interested in this idea. The book says that one of the personalities is really the girl and that the other personalities aren't. There's just no possibility of a normal relationship in my mind unless she's "cured", but then the whole story will be making light of mental illness in my mind.
I don't mind "conflict of the week" style stories. But I don't like that the main love interest is the conflict of the week. It makes the love story so much less interesting. It makes an inconsistent character the character. Is she acting a certain way because it's her or is it another personality? They're already pulled the "oops, you thought the character was this way but she's not really" in the first chapter. I'm not interested in sticking around for that over and over again.
I'm glad to see there are only six books and that the series is finished in Japan. It makes me think there must be some kind of resolution. But I'm not interested in continuing so I guess I'll never know how it ends. The whole thing just doesn't work for me.
Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty is shōjo manga which is typically aimed at teenage girls. The romantic story line with the rebellious lead and the story of unobtainable love and perseverance in the face of that. That it is manga means that is read from back to front and from right to left. Start in the panel in the upper right corner of the upper right panel and then read from right to left. Then down to the next row of panels and repeat. The artwork is meant to be the focus of manga and some of the black and white drawing are well done. But, the artist also goes from rich drawings to what are almost stick figures with no backgrounds in other frames to show the same characters whenever there is an emotional moment in the story.
The story is a very quick read and the ending leaves the story incomplete of course since this is the first book. While I am a fan of manga, this story line and the artwork didnt really captivate me. The changes in the time frame of the story telling and the interruptions in the drawings by the stick figures didnt help me to become engaged with the story line of this first book.
Overall, an quick read with some nice artwork here and there, but not the best manga I have read. Hopefully the weak story line improves with later volumes.
The storyline was a little slow to start and things were definitely shown and not told. Tetsu needs to earn money - lots of it - to care for his sick mother. He takes a job at a ginormous mansion where he helps several other people with the cleaning and upkeep. He hears a story that the daughter of the house is kept isolated in a smaller house in the back of the property. Tetsu gets curious and goes out that way and eventually meets her. She seems normal enough - at first anyway.
After a series of events, Tetsu finds out that the girl Shizu is sometimes other people. He thinks it's schizophrenia until her body is taken over by a local (urban legend) ghost. The people that inhabit her body are ghosts and Tetsu's a big ole scaredy cat.
He's offered a position as her personal housekeeper and Tetsu is ready to turn it down. He stays on for the money for his mom but the friendship they had before the ghost revelation is obviously on the rocks.
It's well drawn and the story is interesting. If you like Japanese ghost stories, you may well find that you like this. Tetsu Misato is a highschooler determined to work and save, but he finds himself drawn to a little shack in the garden he tends, where a beautiful, mysterious girl lives. He soon finds himself falling for her, but does he know her, really? She's been housed in the small shack because she's believed to be sick, but is it mental illness that ails her, or something dark and amazing?
I liked the ending, but at the same time, I felt the ending wrapped itself up a little too quickly. I wasn't expecting it to be over when it was. It does give some answers but leaves plenty of more mystery for further volumes.