By Leroy Douresseaux
December 20, 2006 - 16:02
Nami has a keen interest in helping other people, and she finds herself drawn to the new boy in school, Ryutaro Tominaga. A silent and sullen motorbike-riding teen, Ryutaro actually has a soft side, but he's reluctant to let down his guard. Slowly, the two come together with various fits and starts.
Someday's Dreamers: Spellbound, even with the lead character having magical powers, is actually a high school melodrama and teen romance. It is mannered in its pace, but the characters are as mercurial as real teenagers. Writer Norie Yamada has created a compelling story of teens struggling with their futures and ambitions. Kumichi Yoshizuki's art strikes the perfect note for this tale, acting almost like a straight man to Yamada's teen angst.
Here, the failure of magic is a metaphor for a time in life when the easy way won't get it, and here the struggle is more interesting than the magic.
Thanks to barnesandnoble.com for the images.