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Songs to Make You Smile
by Natsuki Takaya
Order:  USA  Can
TOKYOPOP, 2010 (2010)
* *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

Fans of Natsuki Takaya (creator of Fruits Basket and Tsubasa: Those with Wings) will delight in Songs to Make You Smile. This collection of five short manga shows how Takaya's style has grown over time. All of the stories deal with love, but that, and Takaya's characteristic style, are all that they have in common.

Of the five stories, two really stood out to me. Voice of Mine is a moody tale about a music student who is the son of famous parents; therefore his schoolmates believe that his talent is not really his own. The pacing of this one, with sparse panels and no unnecessary dialogue, adds to the feelings of isolation.

The other piece that really stood out was Tsubasa: Those with Wings Bonus Fun Chapter: Princess Dark Black. As the name implies, this was truly a fun read. Princess Dark Black is actually Snow White with a major attitude problem. Takaya does incorporate the whole fairy tale, but in a twisty and funky manner that makes this a hilarious read.

If you enjoy Natsuki Takaya's work, you need to get Songs to Make You Smile to complete your collection. All of the stories will indeed leave you with a smile.

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