Rakuen Le Paradis, Volume 13 (楽園 Le Paradis) is more of the very pleasing same.
We get the usual adorable stuff from Mizutani Fuuka and Kowo Kazuma, and the usual creeptastic stuff.
We get a deeper look at the mismatch that is Takako and Shinobu in “Collectors.” Each has such a unique perspective on life that they can’t even give directions that make sense to the other.
In “Kakera no Omoi,” we have indeed turned our attention from Mayu and Mika, to the eternally suffering best friend with an unrequited love, Saki. Unfortunately for Saki, her conversation with Mika about Mayu is overheard…by Mayu. Now Saki’s worst fear has come true – Mayu knows her feelings. What will Mayu’s reaction be? Tune in and find out. What would yours be if you found out that your best friend was in love with you?
And in “Au,” Nishi Uko tells the story of an entire relationship from meeting to breakup and makeup in art and words in the “-au” verb form.
And filling out the Yuri in the lineup is Harumi Chihiro’s “Hankagoto” in which school girls learn they are on the same page after all.
Overall – 8
I love this magazine. It hurts, it’s weird, it’s wacky, it’s adorable and it’s lovely in equal measure.