Title: Komomo Confiserie Vol. 3
Author: Maki Minami
Publisher: VIZ Media
Page Count: 200
Genre: Shojo, Romance
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Volume three of Maki Minami’s Komomo Confiserie is here and we get quite a few developments this time around. The story picks up with Komomo experiencing love for the first time with Seto, however, love doesn’t always work out the way you want it to! Komomo has quite a few obstacles to overcome!
I’m really enjoying the fact that Komomo is going through a lot of growing pains. It really helps the development of her character and makes the reader feel a bit attached to her, even though the situations she’s being put through are kind of standard. The unique thing aspect is that Komomo is experiencing all of these emotions for the first time in her life because she’s no longer sheltered behind a wall of money.
Even though it’s a bit spoiler-ish, I had a feeling it wasn’t going to work out with Seto to begin with. In volume two, he even stated that he had a dream and would do anything to see it through. In volume three, Komomo learns that Seto already has girlfriend. Seto even ends up breaking it off with her under the assumption that she wouldn’t move to Italy with him so he could continue to fulfill his dream of being a shoemaker. Of course, finding out about this broke Komomo’s heart. Instead of being subjected to the typical tears and self pity we get with most romance stories, Komomo handled the breakup with the innocence of a child. You couldn’t help but feel for her because she, herself, didn’t even know what the emotions she was experiencing was. She had never felt love or heartbreak before so this was a whole new experience for her. It was kind of funny of how Natsu tried to cover it up by telling her she had a cold and that colds hurt.
Of course, we get more obvious questioning of Natsu’s feelings for Komomo which, again, he never answers. They want to keep that mystery going even though it’s painfully obvious that Natsu does have feelings for her. Right now, Natsu basically says that Komomo is someone he wants to watch over and that she’s very precious to him, but he never really says why. Who knows? Maybe there’s a curve ball here and Natsu really isn’t in love with Komomo? I’m sure that’s what Minami-san wants us to think, but the story really isn’t that in-depth enough to really want to guess at it.
All in all, it was still a very enjoyable chapter and bringing Komomo’s innocence into this story makes it more heartfelt. It gives the tried and true romantic story a unique aspect that really makes you feel for the Komomo character. I’d have to say my favorite part of the volume, though, had to be Rise trying to cheer Komomo up. She is such an awkward character, but in a good way. I’m sure we all have that one friend or someone we know like Rise! I recommend picking this up as, so far, it’s just a nice story that doesn’t go out of its way to try and stand out. It also takes something simple and makes it into something special.
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