Ryu’s Musings – Cactus’s Secrets volumes 1&2

Wasn’t sure which title to read for my first review, and this one got picked simply by being the last one I unpacked from my delivery this morning 😀

So what did I think of these two volumes?

Volume 1 Cover Synopsis:

Miku Yamada has a long time crush on classmate Kyohei Fujioka. But no matter how many times she tried to show him how she feels, clueless Kyohei just doesn’t get it. Frustrated, Miku gives up on him, only to have him start calling her "Cactus" for being prickly when he’s around. Will Kyohei ever figure out Cactus’s Secret? Miku decides to try telling Kyohei her feelings by giving him chocolates for Valentine’s Day. But Kyohei, unaware that he’s the object of her affection, offers himself up as a practice partner for her love confession. Can Miku get through to him that he’s the one she loves?

As far as shojo titles go it’s a perfect examples of the genre. The covers of the volumes are bright, glossy and typical girly style, and I hated them. Though I have to admit by the time I finished volume one I was thawing over them.1421531895

From the first volume we have two main characters, Miku and Kyohei. During the first volume the story progresses in a typical shojo style, Miku likes Kyohei but she’s a plain girl. So of course she goes off and trains and remakes herself all to try and get the guys attention.

Miku as a character is pretty generic and doesn’t really have a personality that jumps out at you. Sadly I couldn’t like her, she was to generic for me, to much a girl of the genre.

Kyohei was a bit better, and while he is a generic character he has more presence that Miku. I’m actually thinking that part of the problem is that both Miku and Kyohei were similar personalities, but Kyohei was the more pronounced and forceful. As a result Miku feels weak

1421531909 The next character to come up is Itsuki, who seems to be filling the generic love triangle role. Though truthfully I actually preferred him out of the three. While we don’t get to see much of him in these two volumes, he has a good feel to him. I liked his personality and the way he acts towards Kyohei. Though I’m laying odds  that it turns out he’s related to the girl that Kyohei dated and dumped after three days and is hell bent on revenge or something.

I was a bit disappointed by the fact that nothing has been revealed over the two volumes, in fact it’s not until the last few pages of the  second volume do we even get hints of something going on.

by the end of volume two I was glad to be finished and done, nothing really appealed to me and I’m not really likely to buy future volumes.

Author: Ryu Sheng