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Papillon 2 by Miwa Ueda
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Oct 29, 2010

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This volume brings a little bit more to the table than the previous volume, but it still seems to follow the same formula as Ueda's previous work "Peach Girl". The artwork is as gorgeous as always (like you could expect anything less from her), but with even the character's physical descriptions mimicking her previous work it's difficult to separate this from her the far superior work in the past.

This volume follows up with Ageha as she watches her sister kiss Ryuusei. Rather than confront her scheming sister Hana & the waffling boy, Ageha dashes away from the pair. Luckily for her the unusual Kyuu (the counselor) is there to help her pick up the pieces as well as shanghai her help with a group of crying babies left in his care. Afterwards Ageha is caught in public by her mother, who assumes the worst of the counselor's intentions.

This volume does pick up the pace some as well as moving the plot forwards a bit in some areas. (Mainly concerning Ageha's relationship with her mother as well as Ageha's relationship with Kyuu.) It's nice that Ueda isn't drawing such elements out for volumes & volumes, but at the same time I can't help but still note the incredibly strong similarities between PG & this work. We know who is supposed to be best for Ageha b/c we can look to see who most closely resembles the cast from the previous work. Still, this volume is a drastic improvement from the previous volume & it's steadily becoming something that could potentially stand on it's own if Ueda uses tricks others than the ones she's already used. Could this story last for as many volumes as the previous series? Nah- this is the type of story that's best if it's only about 4-6 volumes long.

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