Monday, October 08, 2007

Manga Monday 47: Here Is Greenwood

Here Is Greenwood (Volume 1)
Yukie Nasu

Kazuya Hasukawa has problems. He was raised by his older brother following his parents' deaths, the woman he loves just married said brother and moved in with him, forcing Kazuya to move into the Greenwood guys' dorms, where he's surrounded by some crazy characters who seem bent on tormenting him. This manga series first debuted over twenty years ago and has really stood the test of time, as it seems pretty contemporary. It's a simple story of a boy who feels very lonely and is thrust into a situation with people who help him get out of his shell and overcome some of his more pressing fears. There have certainly been more interesting characters in recent shojo manga that I've read, and I couldn't help but think of some of those superior titles that have similar situations in them like Hana-Kimi and Honey & Clover. There's nothing really wrong with Here Is Greenwood except for the fact that it's a little bland and pales in comparison to other more riveting reads. And while this title does boast some nice art and has its moments, it's just not a very enjoyable reading experience when all is said and done, and it certainly didn't leave me with any sense that I had to seek out more. D+

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