Honey Hunt Vol. 1 (Manga)
Author: Miki Aihara
Release Date: April 2009
ICv2 Rating: 3 Stars out of 5
High school senior Yura is the daughter of two extremely famous celebrities. Her father is an award winning musician and composer living in
The trouble with writing a review of the first volume of a multi-volume manga series is that volume one is very often a set up for the rest of the story. This is clearly the case with Honey Hunt, by Miki Aihara. With Honey Hunt, Aihara has taken a handful of typical shojo clichés, mashed them all together, combined them with detailed artwork depicting pretty boys and a wide-eyed naïve heroine, and put in enough twists and surprises to pique the interest of teen readers. All in all, though, there isn't anything here that you wouldn't find in any average to above average shojo manga.
But experience tells me it is probably too early to commit to giving this book a so-so review. Mangaka of Hot Gimmick and the unlicensed Teacher's Pet, Aihara's stories always involve some sort of emotional train wreck from which it is difficult to look away. Her meek heroines offend me on several different feminist levels and the abusive situations in which she places her female characters serve as warnings rather than as examples of what relationships should be. And yet her stories are incredibly addicting, the way the best soap operas are. I suspect this will turn out to be the case with Honey Hunt, too. So while I can't call volume one a powerhouse introduction, it is an effective set-up for the series and I'll be looking for volume two to see where the story goes.
-- Eva Volin