I purchased the Missin' box set with no clue what the series was about on a random whim, and I am so glad I followed that whim! Missin' struck a chord within me, personally, and I enjoyed it immensely from beginning to finish.
Opening up volume one of Missin', one sees a short story preceding the main story. 'A Little Shop Called The End of the World' has Novala Takemoto's trademark style of casual yet indescribably good prose. My one objection to this story is that the characters aren't developed enough. I barely got emotionally attached to the nameless protagonist at all. However, the eight-page-long letter at the end of the story was wonderfully written and touching.
Now for Missin'. Everything about it has a certain something that makes it my favourite book. I'm really sorry I can't verbalize it well, but anything else would be hyperbole. The stalkerish heroine, Kasako Komori, falls in love with punk rock singer Missin, and from there it's a story of forbidden love and a crazy career. The happy ending felt out of place and improbable, though -- I think an unhappy one would have fit better. To sum it all up, Missin' is one of the most enjoyable books I own, and I am beyond glad to have read it.
I highly recommend it. One word, though -- if for whatever reason you don't want to read a story about a lesbian, Missin isn't for you. read more