Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Romeo X Juliet: Taking another look

Recently, OTAKU USA published an article in their magazines December 2010 issue, calling Romeo X Juliet a clunky story line, and saying the characters fall in love because they're supposed to.
 Otaku USA couldn't be more wrong. The art is beautiful, and the characters have depth and emotion.

In the City of Neo-Verona,  Montague has killed off all the members of the Capulet family with the notable exception of Juliet Capulet. Juliet now a young woman, runs around the town in a red bandit costume, not unlike the classic descriptions of Robin Hood's, and also like Robin, she helps those in trouble.  When  Romeo, a kind, and only son of Capulet, meets Juliet in her role as the Red Whirlwind, things begin to go downhill for these star-crossed lovers. The doctor who has always tried to help Juliet is burned at the stake on charges of being the Red Whirlwind, and then when Romeo and Juliet run away together, a price is placed on Juliet's head, and when Romeo refuses to let guards take her, his own.

Rated Teen, this book is wonderful rendition of Romeo and Juliet. The only problem I have with this book is the portrayal  of  Will Shakespeare, while not as bad as the Otaku review, it is still slightly off.


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