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Might return later to try again. Jul 05, Christina rated it it was amazing. This series is ugh I love it so much!!!!!! I also appreciate that there was so much that occurs in this volume unfortunately its so much spoilery content I cannot write it in this review. The art style especially when it comes to the setting is really beautiful and atmospheric and the political intrigue is very tricky and the secrets that unfold throughout the This series is ugh I love it so much!!!!!!
The art style especially when it comes to the setting is really beautiful and atmospheric and the political intrigue is very tricky and the secrets that unfold throughout the entire series are really cool. Because of these points I have to give this volume a 4. I love this series so much and cannot wait to continue some more.
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Sep 30, Kayla Eklund rated it it was ok Shelves: library , manga. This volume felt like it dragged on. I thought it was never going to end. May 19, L. She's growing! Much like the cherry blossoms she loves so dearly, the main female character is growing. I'm not disappointed in the slightest with this series. Sep 16, R rated it it was amazing.
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Wonderful installment!!! Jan 17, Stephanie Molnar rated it it was ok. Wow, the slowest manga I've ever read. Giving this series a break for now because this one was so slow. Nov 19, Amanda Setasha Hall rated it really liked it Shelves: zzz Dec 31, Kristina rated it really liked it Shelves: reading-challenge. We want so desperately for dreams to be real, but even Freud would caution you to think critically on what ends and means are occurring around you.
Aug 05, Estara rated it really liked it Recommends it for: fans of the series. Shelves: read-in , manga. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This volume does not bother with reintroducing anything apart from the first page added by the publisher explaining about some of the characters and the basic set-up, similar to the upper part of the copy at the back of the volume and I can honestly say that if you haven't read the earlier volumes you will have no idea what is going on.
The author and mangaka expect us to be invested enough by now to get right to the nitty gritty and the machinations and manoeuvrings at This volume does not bother with reintroducing anything apart from the first page added by the publisher explaining about some of the characters and the basic set-up, similar to the upper part of the copy at the back of the volume and I can honestly say that if you haven't read the earlier volumes you will have no idea what is going on. The author and mangaka expect us to be invested enough by now to get right to the nitty gritty and the machinations and manoeuvrings at court and in the ministries going on - with the overall aim of Emperor Ryuki being the legalisation of female civil servant candidates.
I adore the fact that when necessary the background of the problem is explained in much more detail than in the anime, so you understand why hurrying the process is so bad. It makes the work that her various allies do for Shurei and the trust they set in her even more vivid and believable. The actual work in the ministry part of the story was finished in the last volume though, in this one we finally get a real intro to Seiran's old friend Ensei, and what he is doing in the capital at this time and what his importance is to the overall plot. My favourite bit with him was the scene at the grave though - the fact that Shurei had someone she trusted but had not been part of the family to finally articulate her grief and fears to - a sympathetic ear, so to say.
There's a bit of light relief when Minister Kyo finally takes off his mask - we never got to see that in the anime, if I remember correctly and I can understand the problem of the idea, although the mangaka does try to do her best to overcome it. Another nice feature is that two characters the anime showed only in the Sa Province Arc coming up get introduce earlier - and their father's relationship to Shoka shown in more detail now I'm a bit sorry we never got a flashback episode to the time of the Wolves of the Wind for good.
The relationship between Ran Shuei, Shusui and Shoka gets a side glance - interesting because the anime kept this to the second series entirely. Ryuki again was fairly distant due to the plot and understandably in his position - he got some cute time in his earnest love and misunderstanding though, and an intelligent comparison of the way he loves and the way Ran Shueei loves. I especially enjoyed the final chapter of the volume, although it is only a coda to what went before, because it shows the internal and external growth of Shurei's self-confidence and trust - better than the anime I think.
This is a girl who wants to become a civil servant. The man who loves her is trying to enable that and even as he helps in the attempt he knows it may mean that he himself will never get the love he wishes for in the way he wishes for. To my mind - this looks like shoujo - and I love my bishies - but this is josei, or at least a manga for girls in their early 20s trying to define their way in life.
And a manga for people who like to think of what good governance and politics would entail.
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Aug 27, Judyth Geeky Reading rated it liked it Shelves: own. The plot is interesting: I like the attraction between Shurei and Ryuki, and Seiran and Shurei, and their pasts. Explore Now. Buy As Gift. Overview Shurei has been disguising herself as a boy to assist Kijin Ko, the esteemed Minister of the Treasury.
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