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Kare Kano Vol.21 (End) January 14, 2007

Posted by ayasawada in Manga.
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Kare Kano

Tokyopop:Kare Kano

In short: All good things….

Thoughts: Kare Kano finally came to an end with the final English volume and it’s like watching my childhood disappear in the distance.

(Spoilers)

With all the loose ends tied up last time round, this entire volume was more of an epilogue. Soichiro, Yukino and the gang graduated and wasted no time going their separate ways. The story then fast-forwards 16 years into the future, as Soichiro and Yukino’s first-born prepares to enter high-school. Surprisingly, the epilogue focused much more on Soichiro and Yukino than a round-robin’ look at everyone’s futures – though Asaba did at least get a melancholy chapter to himself. Volume 21 had all the usual great artwork, measured pace and light-hearted KK humour – but still felt decidedly lacking. I guess it missed the dramatic tension, with all previous storylines already wrapped up. I was also hoping to see more of the others, particularly Aya, but the highlights make it pretty clear they were all successful. It’s a happy ending – what did you expect from a shojo manga? Having said that, a special mention must go to the ‘Arima shot’ gag at the start of the ‘future’ chapter. My heart skipped a beat and I almost wish it were true, as it would have made for a really memorable ending.

As it stands though, this was a perfectly amicable way to end a perfect series. I really can’t recommend Kare Kano enough. It’s one of those truly touching, life-changing works of fiction that remain in the memory long after a million copycats. Whatever will I do now? Someone please release the rest of Tsuda-sensei’s works!

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