Subaru by Masahito Soda, Vol. 3 – 6

Five year old Subaru no longer has time for friends or play. Kazuma is dying and slowly forgetting everything, even his twin. Subaru visits him every day, talking and dancing all to try to make him remember her. And he always does by the end of the day. Encouraged by a friend to try a ballet class, Subaru does and falls in love with the dance.

 


 

Asian Readathon Challenges Met:

1. Read a book written by an Asian author: Soda is Japanese.

2. Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who you can relate to: Subaru is a ballet dancer and I took 16 years of dance classes (including ballet). She’s also clear in her distaste to compete while it took me a while to start enjoying dance competitions.

3. Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who is different from you: Subaru had a twin that ended up dying due to a brain tumor whereas I have never had a twin and my older sister remains in good health.

 


 

Volume 3

 

Rating: 4/5 stars Subaru 3

Length: 224 pages

Series: Subaru, Vol. 3

Genres: Manga, Drama, Dance

Publication date: 2010 by Level Comics

 

In this volume, Subaru discovers her love of performing. Having finally decided that she wants to become a professional ballet dancer, Subaru begins to realize what it is that makes dance so amazing. Having the ability to impact the dancers around her shows Subaru one of the many ways that dancing as an ensemble can be fun. Being more of a soloist before joining a troupe’s presentation of Swan Lake in the core, Subaru still has much to learn about what it takes to be a professional dancer.

Seeing that competing might not be the worst thing in the world, Subaru decides to give it a shot. Training like she’s never trained in her life, Subaru is willing to do whatever it takes to become a professional dancer.

 


 

 

Volume 4:

 

Rating: 4/5 stars Subaru 4

Length: 224 pages

Series: Subaru, Vol. 4

Genres: Manga, Drama, Dance

Publication date: 2010

 

Feeling abandoned by her first real dance teacher, Subaru works even harder to prepare for the Prix do Lausanne. During this time, Subaru seriously considers how far she’s willing to go in order to become a professional dancer. Even knowing that she’s a pawn for Gorkii’s plans, Subaru is willing to use him in return in order to follow her dreams.

Upon the death of a loved one, Subaru questions her dedication to dance and what being a professional dancer means for her. What parts of her life is she willing to risk in order to compete? Is dance really worth it?

 


 

Volume 5:

 

Rating: 4/5 stars Subaru 5

Length: 208 pages

Series: Subaru, Vol. 5

Genres: Manga, Drama, Dance

Publication date: 2010

 

While dealing with the side effects of an extremely high fever, Subaru reaches new levels in her dancing. She learns what it’s like to soar and what it’s like to be dragged into the ground. Both of these are skills that take years to learn as a dancer. While her fever might have allowed her this glimpse of what dance can accomplish, she still has a long way to go in order to be a professional. Her ability is leagues above her age but she still needs to grow as a person, to mature.

The one person she respected above all is gone from the world so now Subaru must figure out who to trust and how to move on. Her home away from home is gone and she knows she’s unwanted at her actual home. After turning down the scholarship of a lifetime, there’s nowhere left for Subaru to go. Or is there? How far is Subaru going to go in order to make her dreams a reality?

 


 

Volume 6: 

 

Rating: 4/5 stars Subaru 6

Length: 208 pages

Series: Subaru, Vol. 6

Genres: Manga, Drama, Dance

Publication date: 2010

 

Following her dreams to America, things aren’t all Subaru was hoping they’d be. The troupe she’s joined isn’t anywhere close to getting her onto stage the way she’d expected. Having to get a job to make a living isn’t something that Subaru thought would happen when she joins her first professional troupe, but she does what she needs to do in order to chase after her dreams.

Even while considering pursuing dance past high school, I never considered what it might be like to try to put on a show in a prison. Subaru did whatever she could think of in order to engage the audience. While she somehow managed to inspire her new troupe to dance together, Subaru still has much to learn about putting on a show. She might have caught the males’ attention with her Burlesque background, but it took the whole troupe together to make the show what it was. Subaru is still learning what it takes to be part of a troupe, and I look forward to seeing where her career will go.

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