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Ah Mutsuki...I really like him. He's the most complex of all the Rose Knights, but it seems the canon pairing is going to be Kaede x Anise.
In this volume, we have a showdown to win an "Arcana Card" at an idol competition against Rhodecia. It's obvious from the first meeting with Yako and Idel that they are possible enemies and are up to no good. The way the competition went was just way too unrealistic. Anise and her group have to come up with acts on the spot, instead of practicing for them. I would think that a flyer would be given out before or online somewhere for them to prepare for it, but this is not the case.
I won't spoil anything, but Idel and Yako obviously are enemies of a sort and have their own powers. Out of nowhere new enemies just conveniently show up to cause trouble at the perfect moment. And Aya Shouoto is starting to tease readers with many possible romantic pairings. Every knight gets his moment here-except for Tenjo-so if you are dying for some romance between Anise and one of the Knights, here is where that all starts.
Here's the thing: I like this manga, but I don't ever think I will come to love it. It's enjoyable for passing time, but really, it lacks that "spark" that most series have that draws you in. Yes, Anise is a good heroine, but the way the plot is thrown in circles along with some poorly placed humor and sudden romantic teases makes me really annoyed. However, this a shoujo series that presents a very addicting kind of story so each volume you read makes you want to keep reading it. The art is absolutely stunning and I really like having this on my shelf. I am glad that this was licensed and I can see why so many fans wanted this released.
This is not a serious manga. Earlier in my review of volume 3, I mentioned that this was like Ouran Host Club in that it wasn't trying to take itself seriously. If you are, you will be disappointed. Even if you don't take it seriously the flaws stick out so obviously it makes me wonder at times what the point of certain things are there for.
I like the manga, but there are so many flaws. The pacing is all over the place with oddly timed humor and then romantic tension. If Mutsuki and Anise were the canon pair, as cliche as it would be, I honestly believe it would be a good thing for the series. He is a complex character-more so than the other Knights-and his initial dislike for Anise and slow acceptance of her is written well. Not only that, but in this volume he is starting to regain his memories, and it doesn't look like he has the best past. If he and Anise were to get together, they would have a lot of hurdles to jump. And I really want to see that, but unfortunately, Kaede is quickly becoming the love interest.
If you are looking for more manga to read that are shoujo or fantasy, or just another series: Kamisama Kiss, Akatsuki no Yona, Requiem of the Rose King, A Silent Voice, From Far Away by Kyoko Hikawa, Horimiya-being released soon, Ouran High School Host Club, Pandora Hearts, Dawn of the Arcana, Library Wars, Noragami, Maid-Sama!, Your Lie in April, Emma, Dengeki Daisy, Orange-just announced to licensed, Skip Beat!