by Ji-Sang Shin and Geo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Very! Very! Sweet is just as the title describes: very. very. sweet. Loved it! It is the story of classmates Tsuyoshi and Be-Ri.
Tsuyoshi is a Japanese boy from a well-to-do family who is ordered by his grandfather to move to Korea and discovery his ancestry. Tsuyoshi has a terrible family secret about his past which has been making him feel “Not quite complete” since his childhood. His grandfather has been keeping it from him, and is hoping that it will be revealed on his trip. He’s a bit of a playboy and his been involved with a girl Erica who follows him to Japan.
Be-Ri is one of his new Korean classmates — and his new neighbour. She’s earnest and straightforward, and they share a love of cats. Be-Ri is also involved in a significant love triangle: In love with her older sister’s boyfriend, and loved by her loud-mouthed classmate Mi-Hyuk. She’s in a tough situation — and because she’s so straightforward and honest has a hard time actually understanding her changing feelings.
It is a really sweet comic. It was touching enough to bring tears to my eyes. It’s well drawn — and there are some nice elements. I especially appreciated the way the failed relationship between Tsuyoshi and Erica was handled… It was quick and less painful than it would normally be. Sometimes these relationships are just so painful to read.
Personally I found that the conclusion included too much information. Too many revelations revealed in the last few chapters. I think they dealt with too much personal angst in the last volume that didn’t have enough lead-up in the previous volumes. However, It was definitely worth the read. Plus, the boys were so cute… *sigh* so cute