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Ugly Duckling's Love Revolution, Vol. 4 by Yuuki Fujinari
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Aug 11, 2011

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bookshelves: comedy, cute, get-it-from-the-library, manga, tentative-buy, yen-press
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** spoiler alert ** Parts of this review could be considered spoilerish, so you've been warned.

This book finishes out the series & to be honest, it was a rather cute volume. There's a nice lighthearted feel to this one. Nothing incredibly serious is really brought up, which I believe is partially due to the fact that this was a game to manga adaptation. Normally about this time there'd be one specific ending if this was the game, so because Hitomi doesn't actually end up with anyone there's a little bit of a lack of oomph here. This can be pretty common with dating game adaptations since they don't want to alienate fans who prefer a specific pairing. The lack of any dedicated love interest has hurt the previous volumes but you never feel it as strongly as you do in this volume. I still enjoyed it but it's kind of like eating an egg without salt. It's good but it just feels a little bland.

I do have to say that the artwork seems to have slipped slightly in this volume. It improves in the final chapter since we do see a skinny Hitomi (something that the artist says that they'd been looking forward to drawing), but overall the artwork here felt distinctively lazy in comparison to previous volumes. (Which probably isn't saying much since the artwork in the previous volumes did slip as well.)

Overall this is pretty much more of the same from previous volumes, but with a resolution to the series. Taking out the portion where Hitomi chooses a specific guy left this volume with a huge gap that was never properly filled, so it's just a bit of a letdown to be honest. If you've been collecting the series then you'll want to get this one but this volume probably isn't going to make anyone want to rush out and purchase the entire series.

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