Ikezawa, Satomi. Othello 3 (2005). 192 Pages. Del Rey. $10.95
Yaya and Nana are one person, sort of. They are opposite extremes, two very different personalities sharing one body. Nana tries to protect Yaya and bring vengeance down upon the heads of those who hurt her. Most of the time, this is okay, but sometimes, it’s more trouble than it’s worth. Meanwhile, Yaya doesn’t have a clue what’s going on.
In This Volume
Things just don’t seem to get better for poor Yaya. She’s more and more concerned about her blackouts as they become more frequent, and she’s not sure what’s going on.
Nana, on the other hand, has decided that she is interested in pursuing Yaya’s dream of becoming a singer. What this eventually leads to is her singing for Black Dog as a “guest singer,” which is a mixed blessing. It attracts the attention of Shohei Shingyoji, a manager-of-sorts for Moriyama’s band (Black Dog) and the enmity of Megumi Hano, the president of Moriyama’s fanclub.
Yaya doesn’t seem to be able to get control of her life, which makes her the sort of character you want to protect. She’s sweet and innocent, and exactly the sort of girl who would drive you crazy if you met her, but who makes you worry about her in a comic.
The series slows up a bit with this volume, introducing several “love-rivals”– classic shoujo archetypes– which promise to make the story even more crazy and angst-ridden than it is currently.
This volume gets a 4/5.