Captive Hearts Vol. 3

CAPTIVEHAERTS03What’s on the back: Megumi sets out for China to find a cure for his curse, but it appears that even his health worsens if he is away from his master. Meanwhile, a maid in the Kogami household swears to make Megumi hers!

Review: The story seems to be improving with each volume, but the silliness continues to become more apparent.

Megumi sets off to China to find clues that would rid him of his curse. Suzuka has to stay at home because she still has school. Now here’s what silly: the moment Megumi sets his foot in China, he becomes severly sick, and had to return home quickly. It turns out that after a certain distance away from Suzuka, Megumi could die. Now I know this is a manga. But isn’t this a bit ridiculous? Dying because he’s away from his master? Megumi’s dad is okay with traveling far, so why is he such a weakling? I can see why Keito despise this curse. It makes her son unable to have the freedom to do whatever he wants, even if it benefits his master, Suzuka.

We get to see Suzuka being a bit more outspoken with her feelings for Megumi, after a rival maid comes and declares that she loves Megumi. I do feel sorry for Rui, who in Megumi’s eyes use to be the replacement for Suzuka, when she went missing. Rui accepts that she use to be a substitute for Suzuka, but deeply inside she still loves Megumi very much. From the very beginning, we can already tell that Rui is a doomed character. It’s already established that Megumi and Suzuka is a couple. So I don’t even see why she’s even trying under these circumstances. But I do applaud Suzuka for telling Rui her true feelings, and that she would never give up Megumi.

The big winner for this volume though is the story of Megumi’s and Suzuka’s ancestors. It’s probably the best part of the whole series. Remember in volume two, when the psychic told Megumi and Suzuka that the curse was made from love? It turns out that it was true. The basis of the story is that, a theif (Megumi’s ancestor) attempted to steal the dragon scroll, which could grant wishes. But instead, he ended up grabbing the scroll and it’s princess (Suzuka’s ancestor) who wished dearly that a man could come and save her from her destiny of marrying a man she doesn’t love. In the end though, she chose to protect her family. The thief let her go, but he kept the dragon scroll for himself. Already smitten by the thief,  the princess tells him, he must not open the scroll or he will die. The thief listens to the princess and doesn’t open the scroll. He gave the scroll to one of his comrades, and the poor man opens the scroll and dies instantly. Realizing that the princess saved his life, he decided to come back and claim the princess for his own. But unfortunately, he came at the wrong time. The Princess betrothed aim the arrow at the thief, but the princess leaped in front of the arrow and died in the thief’s arms. At this moment the Dragon God appeared and told the thief that he would resurrect the princess, on one condition: his ancestors will have too serve the Kogami family for 100 generations. Because of the gap in social standing, the thief and the princess never actually got together. But, they loved each other for the rest of their lives.

At the end of the volume, there was a short story about Christmas. I found it odd because I’m reading it in  boiling hot weather. It was a cute story, nothing special about it though. But I could tell that it was probably one of Matsuri-sensei’s older works because the art seems dated.

I was glad that there were some character developments this volume, but as of right now, this manga is just decent. Nothing is really popping out. The only thing I liked about the volume, was actually the story about the ancestors. It was a nice addition, It would have been nice as a series of it’s own! For me right now, Megumi and Suzuka’s relationship is just blah. I say forget about this curse and just try to live with it. Instead of focusing on trying to get rid of the curse, just focus more on loving each other.

Final Thoughts: This volume was better than the last, but the only reason was because of the side stories. As of now, I could say that the story is decent, nothing special. But who knows, by the end of this series, I might be wowed.

Overall Grade: C+

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