Even though I was definitely not within the target demographic, the first volume of Komomo Confiserie was a pleasant surprise; the Shojo series was very pleasant, funny, and charming with its naïve and silly former rich girl protagonist. With the second volume out, let’s see if the series can keep the quality going. Is it good?
Komomo Confiserie Vol. 2 (Viz Media)
Translated By: Christine Dashiell
After Rise Kaname makes peace with Komomo, she invites her over to her home. There Komomo learns more about her friend and grows closer with her, finding out about a person Rise has a crush on as well. It’s time for our protagonist to learn something about love… that isn’t from a movie or fairy tale.
While the first volume was primarily about setting things up and building the characters, the second volume of Komomo Confiserie puts the focus more on love and romance (there’s still character development, but it’s sharing the spotlight with those themes now); first crushes, dates, idealized concepts of what love is like, and how love may come about (as cheesy as that sounds). Like stated in the last review, these are concepts more often seen in a lot of Shojo series, but what makes them work is Minami’s execution. Romance is never shown as something easily obtained, something one can wish to happen, or something that instantly happens — but more as something you have to work for to understand and that conversely, a lot of hardship comes from falling for someone you really shouldn’t. There are decent lessons here for a young audience to learn, with the added bonus that it’s also covered with a rather delightful coating of comedy to keep things from being too serious or dramatic.
Minami’s artwork looks as good as the first volume. The characters are drawn well (though I think the creator changed Komomo’s appearance a bit) and are very expressive with their facial expressions that range from normal/sweet looking to over exaggerated and wild to capture the mood the manga is going for. The layouts are put together well and are easy to read, while the filters and stylization of the panels and backgrounds work to help set the right mood or tone for each scene. While there’s not a lot to say about it overall, the artwork still works very well for the manga.
Is It Good?
Komomo Confiserie Vol. 2 is a sweet and cutesy follow up to first volume that puts a bigger focus on romance. The main character is such a wonderful and enjoyable protagonist despite all of her problems and it’s a lot of fun to watch the story unfold as you see she and others deal with love and heartbreak. The writing is solid and the artwork isn’t too bad either, making for a really terrific package, especially for fans of this sort of series.