Yaya is a shy, introverted sixteen year old girl who, having
lost her mother at a young age, lives with her over protective
and emotionally invalidating father. School isn't much better
as Yaya is the butt of her so-called friend's jokes. Although
very aware of this Yaya is too timid to fight back. Only on
the weekend, when she dresses in emulation of her favourite
band Juliet and hangs around with similar people, does she
get respite from the horror that is her week. All this is
about to change when Nana hits town, self assured and unafraid
she watches Yaya's back and rights the wrongs done to her.
They should be the best of friend, if only they could meet.
The problem with that is that via a child's magic compact
it is Yaya who, unbeknownst to her, transforms into Nana...
penultimate volume of Othello by Satomi Ikezawa is
upon us and strangely, with only one volume to go, rather
than start to wind down the storylines Ikezawa has chosen
to add in another character and more romantic complications
for Moriyama and Yaya. When we left book
five, Shuko turns up just in time to interrupt
Moriyama's protestations of love to Yaya by throwing her arms
around him, initially it looks like a character too many until
you realise that she is introduced as the catalyst for change.
on with another four chapters. In chapter twenty-one, Man
and Woman, things are starting to come to a head. Shuko,
has apparently returned to declare her love for her ex-boyfriend
Moriyama. When she discovers that he is seeing Yaya, she is
less than pleased and determines to follow her. Ok, so we
all know where this is going, someone has to break the news
to Yaya, about her split personality and who better than a
competitive ex-girlfriend? When Yaya is tracked down by the
street gang, that Nana had already beaten up, Shuko is there
to capture the transformation on her phone.
twenty-two, When She Knows
and well boys will be boys, so when the street gang can't
win against Nana they do the next best thing and beat the
bejesus out of Moriyama. Meanwhile Shuko confronts Yaya with
the truth about her split personality, which drives Yaya into
a catatonic state, leaving only Nana.
twenty-three, Yaya's Breakdown, and Yaya tries to come
to terms with what is happening to her, but when she cannot
Nana tries to imitate Yaya to keep the secret.
twenty-four, Nana's Rampage and things have gone from bad
to worse. Not only would it seem that there is only Nana now,
but also the thugs have broken Moriyama's arm, so who will
save the bands big gig? Ok, anyone can see where this chapter
was going and the second half is a protracted concert.
no great story surprises this time, which is to be expected,
with only a single volume left, its time to be wrapping up