Kodocha: Sana's Stage, Vol. 03

Kodocha: Sana's Stage, Vol. 03

by Miho Obana

Take one young actress used to getting her way, add a handful of ruth bullies, some humorous twists, and a plastic toy hammer, and you've got the recipe for one crazy story Kodocha follows the antics of Sana, a spoiled 11-year-old TV star, and Hayama, a 6th grade Machiavelli who terrorizes both his teachers and his classmates. In their classroom war of wills, Sana and Hayama find there is more to both of them than meets the eye.

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Action: (This one's hard to rate since it depends on what kind of action, Sana and Akito do fight a lot, like when Sana gets mad, she pulls out a rubber hammer or whatever it is and hits him) Pacing: 4.5 stars Plot: 4 stars Drawings/Art: 4.5 stars It's been a while since I last read a shojo manga, I've mostly been reading Kekkaishi nad Fullmetal Alchemist, and I'm almost finished the FMA series. Although he seems fine, he tells that they're currently moving into their new house, so Sana immediately decides to help him and makes Akito come too, she even calls Rei to help as well. On the ride home, Akito asks Sana about her dad, she says she doesn't have a dad and that she promised her mom that she wouldn't talk about it, which just confuses him. When Sana arrives home, Aya's there, she wanted to know what happened with Tsuyoshi since he didn't come to school that day, although she says that she came because Sana left her book bag at school. The next day at school Tsuyoshi tells the whole class about the divorce and that his last name changed, then some of the boys start making fun of him, calling him a mama's boy and saying that now he has his mom all to himself, they're so mean, it made me feel bad for poor Tsuyoshi, it was obvious that after that both Sana and Akito would be very pissed, which they were, they were about to do something (it's obvious that the boys are scared of them when they're angry), and suddenly Aya yells, "Cut it out!" Which shocks everyone, since she's always so quiet. Although everyone knows that Tsuyoshi's likes Sana, so Akito tries to convince him that Aya's better for him and asks him why he likes Sana? The next day Tsuyoshi says that he's in love with Aya. Aya tells Sana that the birthday gift was Akito's idea, and then she says that he's really nice, Sana finds the part about Akito being nice hard to believe. The next day or a few days later, I'm not sure which since it doesn't say, Sana and her mom talk about the promise they made when she was 5 years old and that it's time to fullfil it. Her mom explains that she just needs to put the book together which should take about three days and that it would probably be out after her summer break. Sana's mom and Rei have an argument about the book which makes Sana cry and then Akito suddenly shows up at her house and takes her to his house.

3.5/5 This volume starts where the last one left off, with Sana and Akito rushing off to find Tsuyoshi. (When he asks Sana, who was comforting him, to marry him, Akito gets a bit enraged.) (A bit after this, Tsuyoshi finds out about Aya's crush on him, and when she gives him a present, he immediately falls out of love for Sana and into it with Aya. It's a bit ridiculous (in a funny way) how easy he is.) Rei takes them both home, and Akito asks about Sana's father. Akito is worried and asks Sana, mentioning that sometimes it looks like she's acting happy and she can cry on his shoulder if she needs to (which, surprisingly, helps her) (most of this happens when they go on a school trip for three days, and Akito falls down a cliff when following Sana). Also within this book, Sana starts working with another actor, Naozumi, who freaks her out at first but she later finds out was at the same orphanage as her (or something?). He tells her he likes her, to which she doesn't know how to react, and Akito starts ignoring her and being mean again when he finds out about him. I'm looking forward to seeing where the whole book about Sana's past is going, as well as where the triangle (Naozumi-Sana-Akito) is going.

Avevo un ricordo positivo anche dei due precedenti volumi manga, ma li lessi diversi anni fa e sono certa, se li rileggessi, emergerebbero diversi elementi critici, soprattutto in merito alla caratterizzazione dei personaggi.

Tapi sebel juga ada nambah satu tokoh cowok yg naga-naganya jadi saingan Hayama (--")

Other notable manga by Miho Obana include Kodomo no Omocha (10 volumes, for which she won the Kodansha Manga Award for shjo in 1998; the official English title is Kodocha), Partner, (3 volumes) and Andante (3 volumes). She has been on maternity leave for the past year, but will be returning soon, as Honey Bitter is expected to start up again in the Dec. 26 issue of Cookie.