When Konatsu's father gets a job overseas, she's forced to move into her aunt's house in a small fishing village. Here, she meets Koyuki, the sole member of the high school's Aquarium Club. But, there's something drawing these two together, so Konatsu joins the club. She also starts to become friends with bubbly Kaeda, who tries to recruit Konatsu to the Home Ec club. To prepare for the monthly open house of the Aquarium Club, Koyuki gives Konatsu a crash course on some of the fish the public will ask about. Konatsu can't answer everything, to her shame, but she does answer an enthusiastic little boy's question about salamanders, and they both get their first glimpse at the aquarium's newest member, a Cloud Salamander Konatsu affectionately named Koyuki because of their similarities.
This story is super sweet, and the shy affection the girls have towards each other whispers of a more serious relationship in future volumes. Kaeda is a pretty shallow character, so hopefully her air-headedness gets developed more as well. The main thing this story has on other romances is the setting being in a high school aquarium (which is apparently a real aquarium in Japan).
The illustrations are rather pretty, but there are times that it is hard to tell Kaeda and Koyuki apart. Other than their hair cuts, the could be the same.
Overall, this is a nice first volume to bring in readers who are looking for a different setting for a romance.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 8-12
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, LGBTQ+, Romance, School Age
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