Taiki is entering his first year of high school and has aspirations to join the badminton team and go to Nationals. He gets to the school gym early every day to practice. But someone else also has similar goals; Chinatsu Senpai, a second-year on the girl’s basketball team. Taiki knows she’s way out of his league, but he still manages to strike up some conversation and establish some mutual sports admiration. He’s content to crush on her from afar, but when her parents move overseas for work, she ends up staying with Taiki’s family to finish high school and hopefully take her team to Nationals!
This volume mixes romance and sports manga and sprinkles some humor in for good measure. The pacing is a bit slower than some other popular romance titles, but the build-up to Chinatsu moving in is perfect. There is a false sense of security -- at first, readers might think they have the story figured out, but Miura creates a compelling narrative, and I honestly forgot to be looking for the twist! The awkwardness Taiki feels throughout the volume is palpable and will definitely resonate with teen readers. This would pair nicely with the humor and social awkwardness of Romantic Killer.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: November 1, 2022
ISBN: 9781974734627 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Romance, Humor, School Life, VIZ Media
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