Crossroad (manga)

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Crossroad
CrossroadVol7Cover.jpg
Cover of Crossroad volume 7 as published by Go! Comi, showing Kajitsu (above) and Natsu
クロスロード
(Kurosurōdo)
Genre Romantic comedy
Manga
Written by Shioko Mizuki
Published by Akita Shoten
English publisher
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Princess
Original run 20032005
Volumes 7 (List of volumes)
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Crossroad (Japanese: クロスロード, Hepburn: Kurosurōdo) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Shioko Mizuki. It was serialized by Akita Shoten in the shōjo manga magazine Princess from 2003 to 2005 and collected in five bound volumes. It is licensed in North America by Go! Comi and in France by Taifu Comics. It is about a teenage girl, Kajitsu, who after her grandmother dies ends up living with her two stepbrothers and younger stepsister, all unrelated to each other.

Premise[edit]

Kajitsu has never known a proper family. Her dad's a deadbeat who walked out when she was five, and her mom runs off with would-be husbands repeatedly.

Kajitsu lives with grandmother in a rental house. When the story begins grandmother has just died, and Kajitsu is feeling the loss very badly. Soon her two step-brothers, whom she hasn't seen in seven years, arrive for the funeral, followed by her unreliable mother. Kajitsu once had fond feelings for Natsu, back when they lived together, but something came between them. Now Natsu too is adrift and homeless. Two days later mom has left again, gone with a man in pursuit of her dream of a stable and comfortable married life. She has done this many times in the past. This time she leaves behind six-year-old Satsuki, a sister in some way to the other three kids. The three are thrown together, and onto their own resources. They will try to make a household and a family for themselves.

The manga artist wrote that she was inspired to write this story when she saw a small boy offer, nay insist, on carrying a bag for his granny. As she wrote the story she thought of orphans around the world who have to take care of themselves.

Characters[edit]

Kajitsu Toda
Age 15. The point of view of the story. She has never known a proper family. She faces adversity with anger. Because of her personal issues the other students at her school call her the ice-queen.
Taro Toda
Age 20. Works as a deliveryman. He was living in a very small (4 tatami mats, ~72 sq ft., + unit bath) apartment.
Natsu Toda
Age 15, slightly younger than Kajitsu. He had been a rather chubby geek when he and Kajitsu lived together 7 years ago. Now he is a slender handsome young man, who had prospects of going to top-ranked Tokyo University.
Rumiko Toda
Age 28. Kajitsu's irresponsible mother and ex-wife to Taro and Natsu's fathers. She is constantly running off with men, and always making extravagant promises to her children. Now she has run off again, dumping her youngest child on Kajitsu, Taro and Natsu. Her nickname is "Run-run", (which rhymes with 'June').
Satsuki Toda
Age 6. Rumiko's youngest daughter.

Manga[edit]

Crossroad is a manga written and illustrated by Akita Shoten. It was serialized by Akita Shoten in the shōjo manga magazine Princess from 2003 to 2005. The individual chapters were collected in seven bound volumes, which were released by Akita Shoten between June 12, 2003 and December 16, 2005.[1][2] The manga is licensed in North America by Go! Comi,[3] which released the seven volumes between November 1, 2005 and June 30, 2007.[4][5] The manga is also licensed in France by Taifu Comics and in Korea by SamyangM.[6][7]

Volume listing[edit]

No. Japan release date Japan ISBN North America release date North America ISBN
1 June 12, 2003[1] ISBN 4-253-19291-2 November 1, 2005[4] ISBN 978-0976895725
2 December 11, 2003[8] ISBN 4-253-19292-0 February 1, 2006[9] ISBN 978-0976895763
3 May 20, 2004[10] ISBN 4-253-19293-9 May 1, 2006[11] ISBN 978-1933617008
4 November 4, 2004[12] ISBN 4-253-19294-7 August 30, 2006[13] ISBN 978-1933617046
5 March 16, 2005[14] ISBN 4-253-19295-5 January 30, 2007[15] ISBN 978-1933617107
6 August 16, 2005[16] ISBN 4-253-19296-3 April 30, 2007[17] ISBN 978-1933617114
7 December 16, 2005[2] ISBN 4-253-19297-1 June 30, 2007[5] ISBN 978-1933617282

Reception[edit]

The storyline has been described as "unique" by IGN,[18] and by Mania.com as a storyline of "delicious complications"[11] that does "a fantastic job illustrating the wreckage that is youth".[15] Mania.com's Julie Rosato described herself to have been "engulfed" by the characters and their story since the first volume, and considers the series to have a good balance between comedy and drama.[4] Rosato enjoyed the pacing of the second volume, finding it unusual that Kajitsu's teacher doesn't mind that Kajitsu has a crush on him.[9] The fourth volume includes a story where Taro supports his ailing birth mother, and Rosato says "touching to see their affections take root and hold on so fiercely" despite the tenuous nature of the family's existence.[13] In the sixth volume, Rosato criticises the manga artist for being "too attached to certain characters to let them go properly" as shown in "the return to school after summer vacation".[17] On the fourth volume, Rosato comments that "the narrative wasn't as clear as it could have been, and maybe not all of the characters met their full potential, but there's a lot going on underneath the surface."[5] Manga Life's Brigid Alverson comments on the first volume that "the mood is a bit uneven, alternating between cartoony [chibi] violence and pensive moments, but the story never bogs down."[19] Nicolas Demay of Planete BD comments the manga for its tone "while sometimes moving stay light without giving into the excess of pathos". He also comment that "the author wanted to dedicated herself in her vision of the heroine."[20] Planete BD's Faustine Lillaz review of the second volume commends the manga for its "minimalist" art, saying "the arts are of good quality: the cutting and the directing are well done, the trait is fine & precise and the screentone is abundant. (even if often a bit crude)."[21] Lillaz further commends the manga for the rendering of Kajitsu's feelings,[22] the regular comedy to "alleviate the atmosphere" and the use of fan service.[23][24] Lillaz's review of the fourth volume criticises the manga for its slow pacing but commends the manga for its "expressive" characters and its "cutting is rather dynamic and the trait is rather precise."[25] Lillaz's review of volume seven commends "the narration [which] is perfectly mastered and thus the story conveys the feelings with sensibility and pudor.[26] Manga News commends the manga for covering hard subjects such as "the age difference, an impossible love between brother and sister and child abandonment" with a light scenario,[27][28] as well as character development,[29][30][31] however it is criticized for a lack of realism and non-detailed background.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "crossroad 第1巻" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "crossroad 第7巻" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Crossroad - Volume 1". Go! Comi. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Rosato, Julie (November 2, 2005). "Crossroad Vol. #01". Mania.com. Demand Media. Archived from the original on September 30, 2009. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c Rosato, Julie (June 6, 2007). "Crossroad Vol. #07". Mania.com. Demand Media. Archived from the original on 2014-05-25. 
  6. ^ "Crossroad" (in French). Manga News. Retrieved April 4, 2009. 
  7. ^ SHIOKO, MIZUKI (2006). 크로스로드 7 (in Korean). 삼양출판사. ISBN 978-89-542-1566-4. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ "crossroad 第2巻" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Rosato, Julie (May 24, 2006). "Crossroad Vol. #02". Mania.com. Demand Media. Archived from the original on March 28, 2009. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  10. ^ "crossroad 第3巻" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Rosato, Julie (April 25, 2007). "Crossroad Vol. #03". Mania.com. Demand Media. Archived from the original on September 30, 2009. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  12. ^ "crossroad 第4巻" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Rosato, Julie (May 2, 2007). "Crossroad Vol. #04". Mania.com. Demand Media. Archived from the original on September 30, 2009. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  14. ^ "crossroad 第5巻" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b Rosato, Julie (May 9, 2007). "Crossroad Vol. #05". Mania.com. Demand Media. Archived from the original on 2012-10-08. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  16. ^ "crossroad 第6巻" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b Rosato, Julie (May 16, 2007). "Crossroad Vol. #06". Mania.com. Demand Media. Archived from the original on September 30, 2009. Retrieved December 9, 2009. 
  18. ^ Chobot, Jessica (November 15, 2005). "Crossroad Vol. 1 Review". IGN. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  19. ^ Alverson, Brigid (2006). "Crossroad v1". Manga Life. Silver Bullet Comics. Archived from the original on May 17, 2006. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  20. ^ Demay, Nicolas (July 2008). "Crossroad, t.1" (in French). Planete BD. Retrieved December 4, 2009. "Bien que le sujet soit grave, le ton, bien que parfois émouvant, reste léger, sans donner dans le pathos à outrance et l'on sent que l'auteur veut se consacrer à la vision de son héroïne." (Even if the subject is serious, the tone while sometimes moving stay light without giving into the excess of pathos and we feel that the author wanted to dedicated herself in her vision of the heroine.) 
  21. ^ Lillaz, Faustine (September 2008). "Crossroad, t.2" (in French). Planete BD. Retrieved December 4, 2009. "A part des décors un peu trop minimalistes, les dessins se montrent de bonne facture : le découpage et la mise en scène sont soignés, le trait est fin et précis et le tramage est abondant (même s'il est souvent un peu grossier)." (Although a bit minimalist, the arts are of good quality: the cutting and the directing are well done, the trait is fine & precise and the screentone is abundant. (even if often a bit crude). 
  22. ^ Lillaz, Faustine (November 2008). "Crossroad, t.3" (in French). Planete BD. Retrieved December 4, 2009. "La demoiselle ne sait plus vraiment où elle en est et l'expression de ses sentiments est très bien rendue." ([Kajitsu] doesn't know anymore where she is and the expression of her feelings are very well rendered. 
  23. ^ Lillaz, Faustine (April 2009). "Crossroad, t.5" (in French). Planete BD. Retrieved December 4, 2009. "L'humour venant régulièrement détendre l'atmosphère et ainsi offrir une lecture captivante" (The comedy coming regularly to alleviate the atmosphere and thus offering a captivating read) 
  24. ^ Lillaz, Faustine (May 2009). "Crossroad, t.6" (in French). Planete BD. Retrieved December 4, 2009. "Les graphismes, quant à eux, sont en revanche moyens mais s'avèrent tout de même corrects, avec une petite touche de fan-service un peu étonnante pour ce titre." (The graphism are however average but are still corrects with a small touch of fan service, a bit surprising for this title.) 
  25. ^ Lillaz, Faustine (January 2009). "Crossroad, t.4" (in French). Planete BD. Retrieved December 4, 2009. "L'histoire n'avance pas très vite dans ce quatrième volume." (the story doesn't go quickly forward in this fourth volume.) "Néanmoins, les personnages sont expressifs, le découpage se montre relativement dynamique et le trait est assez précis." (Despite this, the characters are expressive, the cutting is rather dynamic and the trait is rather precise.) 
  26. ^ Lillaz, Faustine (August 2009). "Crossroad, t.7" (in French). Planete BD. Retrieved December 4, 2009. "La narration est parfaitement maîtrisée et, de ce fait, le récit fait passer les émotions avec sensibilité et pudeur" (The narration is perfectly mastered and thus the story conveys the feelings with sensibility and pudor) 
  27. ^ "Crossroad Vol.4" (in French). Manga News. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Crossroad Vol.5" (in French). Manga News. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Crossroad Vol.2" (in French). Manga News. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Crossroad Vol.6" (in French). Manga News. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Crossroad Vol.7" (in French). Manga News. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Crossroad Vol.1" (in French). Manga News. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 

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