Title: Golden Japanesque: A Splendid Yokohama Romance Vol. 2
Author: Kaho Miyasaka
Release Date: April 27, 2021
Publisher: Yen Press
We are back down the rabbit hole of love in Golden Japanesque: A Splendid Yokohama Romance Vol. 2. Our main protagonist Maria is falling more and more in love with Rintarou Mayuzumi, son of a wealthy family.
As we continue the story from Volume One we have already learned that Maria comes from a humble background, has a foreign father, which in turn explains her blue eyes and blonde hair. Beautiful as she is, we are quick to note that during this era mixing with foreigners was considered a negative so she hides her true self to not draw attention.
In Golden Japanesque: A Splendid Yokohama Romance Vol. 2, we continue where we left off; Rintarou, the teasing but kind male protagonist invites Maria to his family’s party. After declining, she still ends up having to attend as a servant. This is where the main excitement and the majority of the book takes place. What entails is more of your usual Cinderella story.
Events that occur here are your basic shoujo experience with the interactions of a jealous girl, Yuriko, taunting Maria and the usual ugly-duckling turning into a beautiful swan by the end of the evening. With all that excitement the pacing in this part is a bit silly because in a matter of about two pages we find out that she is a fine singer and can now speak fluent English —how convenient.
Overall they continue to portray her as a helpless girl with little confidence. She also depends heavily on Rintarou for the courage to change. This can feel a little cheesy at times but is also typical of your usual shoujo manga, so it’s to be expected. Hopefully, we can look forward to some character growth in the next volumes for progression, otherwise, I could see that dependency getting old. Ever so slightly they continue to suggest the idea that Maria’s father is going to play a role in this story but we’re still just waiting to see where they take us with that.
Out of everything, the highlight of this manga seems to be the cover art, chapter art, and the illustrations of when Maria is in blonde mode. Those pages are always detailed and where the most care is given. The cover art by far is my favorite and I’m proud to display it on my bookshelf.
Following the end of Volume Two, the connection between Maria and Rintarou continues to grow along with her confidence. However, the story still feels like where we left off in volume one with questions about the history of her past and who her father is. Maria’s mother wasn’t as prominent in this book compared to the last and Yuriko exited after her jealous fit. I could see this series becoming long if the pacing continues like this. Still, I’m full of anticipation for volume three to see if any conclusions can be made or any new drama to be started.
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