Millennium Snow (2-in-1), Vol. 1: Includes Vols. 1 & 2 Paperback – Jun 3 2014
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Bisco Hatori made her manga debut with Isshun kan no Romance (A Moment of Romance) in LaLa DX magazine. The comedy Ouran High School Host Club is her breakout hit. When she's stuck thinking up characters' names, she gets inspired by loud, upbeat music (her radio is set to NACK5 FM). She enjoys reading all kinds of manga, but she's especially fond of the sci-fi drama Please Save My Earth and Slam Dunk, a basketball classic.
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Vol. 2 - I'm totally satisfied with this volume but we need to suspend belief and just go with the flow because plotting is all over the place. Things happen for no apparent reason and then everybody just moves on to the next thing :-( Normally, that would bother me but this story is basically "fluff" and really a lot of fun that to analyze it would just be pretentious. The characters are all so cute, I just love them! Of course I like Toya the best!Read more ›
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One day Chiyuki sees a "boy" fly off the rooftop of a building and goes to find him. She then meets up with Toya and his batty friend, Yami. Yami tells Chiyuki about Toya needing to find someone to become his companion of 1,000 years. Chiyuki, who is growing closer and closer to the end, asks Toya to drink her blood in order that she may live to see the first snow of every year for a thousand years, hence the title Millenium Snow. Toya and Chyuki become friends, but their friendship becomes threatened when a third party comes into the mix. Will Chiyuki still want Toya? Is it love or just a desperate want to live? or Will Chiyuki fall for the guy of every girl in her school's dream?
The artwork is not great, but Bisco Hatori does mention in her comments that this was some of her earlier work. Her little side notes are fun to read as well, so don't forget to read them should you pick this manga up. Its only two volumes, and not the best story in the world, but its a nice little read.
Ouran High School Host Club is one of my all-time favorite series, so I was interested in seeing what Millenium Snow, Bisco Hatori's first manga series, was like. While it definitely isn't as good as Ouran, the sweetness and humor that infuses Ouran can be found here. While Chiyuki isn't as cool a heroine as Ouran's Haruhi, I do like her and Toya together and I also thought that Toya's bat sidekick was funny, especially when he takes Chiyuki's side and opposes Toya.
Right now there are only two manga volumes out in this series and it's currently on a break while Hatori works on Ouran (don't worry, volume 2 doesn't end on a cliffhanger). I enjoyed the first two volumes enough that I'd like to see it have a real end, although I'm not sure how much more Hatori can stretch out the plot (according to one of the author's sidebars, the story was originally a one-shot that she later expanded into a series, so it wasn't created with the intention of making a long series anyway).
Also included is Hatori's manga debut, the short story "A Romance of One Moment." It's a little weird (the main character's best friend has her dead twin brother's soul inside of her) and the art isn't that great. Then again, it's Hatori's first work and it does fit well with the tone of the Romantic Egoist short stories sprinkled throughout the Ouran manga volumes.
It is only because of the full moon that she notices the boy in black as he steps off the roof of the hospital. Leaving her room without permission, she finds that she must see what has happened to him. She finds him on the ground and offers to help, only to find that he is surly and unappreciative - and uninjured. Which is when she learns that he is a vampire, and he has a companion in the form of a bat named Yamimaru, who brings him food when he is most in need of it. Not the typical food one might associate with a vampire but, rather, human food. You see, Toya eschews blood, wants nothing to do with it! As a result, though, he often finds himself in a weakened condition. The rude boy rushes off, but inadvertently leaves one shoe behind, which Chiyuki takes with her. Of course that means he must come back for it, which he does.
In talking to Yamimura, Chiyuki learns that most vampires find a human partner by the time that they turn 18, in a reciprocal relationship that ensures long life to the human and a constant form of nourishment to the vampire. Toya is almost 18 now and has no one, even though he will live to be a thousand years old. Chiyuki offers to be that partner, but Toya refuses, in disdain. When he learns of her condition, he relents, and agrees to take her out for a little bit, to have some fun. A crisis ensues, and a decision must be made.
On Chiyuki's return to school, she and Yamimura scheme behind Toya's back and enroll him as well, so it's off to school for the young vampire! An unexpected encounter with a stray cat requiring Chiyuki's aid, helps her to understand Toya's reluctance to get involved with humans. Toya shows a natural athletic ability, one he needs to curb a bit, but he does get involved with sports. When Satsuki, another athlete who is quite popular with the girls, shows up after a brief absence, he is welcomed with open arms. Well, not by everyone. He and Toya don't seem to quite hit it off, especially after Satsuki makes his interest in Chiyuki quite clear! The two of them act as if they are rivals for her attention. But there is more to Satsuki then meets the eye!
In a bonus story, A Romance of One Moment, we meet two girls, Shiki and Midori, who have been friends since early childhood. When they were six, Shiki told Midori her secret - she has a little boy that lives inside of her! He lives in her heart, and he cheers her up when she is sad, and tells her to hang in there. Now they are seventeen and Shiki is in great emotional turmoil. Her parents are getting divorced, and arguing over who will take Shiki - apparently neither one wants her. One day Midori catches Shiki doing something dangerous, and when her friend comes down, she realizes that there is something very different about her. She says that Shiki tried to commit suicide, so "he" came out - "he" being the boy inside of Shiki. When pressed, he says he has no name, so Midori thinks of him as "Shiki", although he seems completely different from her friend, in ways she can't explain, yet instinctively knows. Midori spends a lot of time with "Shiki", and discovers that she is developing feelings for him. What is she to do? She knows he cannot stay forever, just until Shiki is strong enough to cope. What will happen to him, to them?
Millennium Snow is by the same mangaka who brought us Ouran High School Host Club, another shojo about a young girl who doesn't necessarily fit into the mold of other such heroines. In this case, although she is physically weak, Chiyuki is emotionally stronger than Toya. It is an interesting juxtaposition of fates - the girl who has been no time to live, the boy who has been given too much. They have the perfect solution to their problems right at hand, if they are only willing to accept it. But that is a big commitment to make, so they are getting to know one another, for now. Perhaps one day they will be able to make it.
I like Bisco Hatori's style, and her characters, similar to what she displays in Host Club. She isn't afraid to take traditional gender roles and redefine them. Her artwork is very similar to Host Club too, which isn't a bad thing. The bonus story is something a little different, having to do with feelings and who a person is outside, not simply what their gender is. It was very sweet, and brought a tear to my eye. I look forward to the next volume of Millennium Snow a great deal.
Millennium Snow is a shojo with heart - you will smile, you will laugh, you will cry. Bisco Hatori never lets you down.
This story is sweet, endearing, and lot's of fun. I really hope that there is more than just two volumes (please tell me that there is!). Peppered with Hatori's signature style of art the pages are glorious. I enjoy the premise of this greatly.
It is a very interesting story. Chiyuki is a spunky girl who doesn't let anything (including her illness) get her down. And she likes keeping everyone as happy as she is. :) And that includes people, animals, vampires, bats, werewolves...