By Chie WASADA
Summary by Rurichan
Nervous Venus by WASADA Chie is the sad story of wanting
to find love and not allowing for love to enter your heart.
The first chapter of the story starts out promising, Sekiya
Haru is in her last year in middle school and looks forward
to going to high school with all her friends. Her best friend
Minato Akira (Aki for short) is one of the best swimmers in
the school and looks forward to going to Kitakou (the top
school in inter-high competiton.)
On the day before Haru's birthday, Aki drags her to a
place under the pool and pulls out two cigarettes. They both
light up and begin coughing. Aki begins to say something but
Haru interrupts him reminding him that her birthday is
tomorrow. Aki quickly gets up and runs away saying,
"Tomorrow, tomorrow I'll tell you." he was about to
go on a ride with a friend who had just gotten his license.
Before he leaves he turns back to Haru, leans close and says,
"Don't tell anybody about this," as he holds up the
cigarette, "We're partners in crime."
Haru gets a call later from Takatsuka (Aki's best friend
and #2 on the swim team) telling her that Aki had died in a
car crash. Haru is in shock. What shocks her even more is
that Takatsuka told her that Aki wanted to tell her that he
loved her, which is a bit late for Haru who also loved Aki!
But the story ends there for Aki and contines for Haru,
Haru enters Kitakou High School and runs into Seki the
resident bad boy of the school. Seki finds Haru on the steps
smoking a cigarette and crying and offers her a stick of gum!
One of the things I love about Waseda's work is the
sketchy, liney art. Her characters have amazing hands (four
knuckles) and very expressive eyes. Its one of my favorite
manga. The characters have more than one side to them which
Waseda tries to show through flashback chapters.
Unfortunately it seems as though Nervous Venus was meant
to be doomed from the start. It was considered on the pillars
in Kadokawa's magazine "Amie" until Amie
encountered bad ratings and Kadokawa had to pull the plug.
Waseda herself was also suffering from a very bad illness so
the story came to a grinding halt. One chapter ran in Amie
half finished. Unlike most of the stories that ran in Amie
(Telescope Diaries, Juline, etc.) that had rather abrupt
endings, Nervous Venus had no ending and didn't even run a
chapter in the last Amie.
What I like about the story is the multifaceted characters
and their relation to each other in the story. Seki who is a
near genius and handsome boy really loves Haru who does not
like Seki because he reminds her of Aki. Kanda (Seki's best
friend) also is very close to Seki and seems to have feelings
for him too (wooo plot twist!) Throw in Seki's family and the
story seems to have its work cut out to see who ends up with
who and what happens in the end.
Nervous Venus currently has 3 volumes and 2 side stories
in the Amie Spring and Winter Revivals. An extra chapter is
due out in a Nakayoshi Extra.
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