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09/26/2005 Archived Entry: "Manga review: Honey Mustard, vol 1"

Honey Mustard, vol 1
Created by Ho-Kyung Yeo
Published by TOKYOPOP

Review by Kathy LaFollett

Honey Mustard is the best of what Comedy/Romance Manga can offer in spirited characters, misplaced affection, crossed signals and obligatory family expectations.

Poor Ara finally brings herself to ask the boy of her dreams out on a date. Too much liquor and a misplaced kiss in front of the school's chaperone brings the news to both sets of conservatively strict parents. Family uproar, demands of proper etiquette and requisite while retaining the good family names on both sides force Ara and Young Woo to either get married and have children... or forever lose face.

And so Ara and Young Woo agree they must appease their families and make the best of this with a mature resolution. One is left wondering if her true interest, Jung Hanil, will ever find out he was the true target of Ara's affections. If he does add up the evidence, what will he do?

The pages containing the story of "the kiss" is classic in of itself. Truly any High School Senior can relate and probably cringe with their own memory of a drunk induced choice.

Volume One of Honey Mustard is a raucous introduction and promises to deliver even more in the next publication.

Great fun and soft affection wrapped in young confusion.

Replies: 2 comments

I picked up Honey Mustard mainly because it seemed so real to me. The plot seems to be mocking me in me in MY recent mistake. I loved it. It was perfect, though I was totaly sober and stuff but we got expelled. We did do worse though. Even though we weren't actually caught by a teacher. Anyway, it rocked. Some of the words went over into the margin making some of it hard to read. But the art was great. I'm getting repetitive so, in conclusion, it rocked.

Posted by Kurtizzle @ 11/20/2005 11:36 AM PST

I picked up honey mustard because i could relate to it.

Posted by Kalya anne @ 03/08/2006 03:32 PM PST

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