In this very cute, romance slice of life, shy and unconfident Futaba enlists the help of Taichi, a boy she barely knows, because he's friends with Tomo, her crush. Taichi gives Futaba accidental advice in his clumsy efforts to help be a match-maker, and realizes by the end of volume 1 that he might have a crush on Futaba! Oh what could go wrong? VIZ' website mentions that this is a love "quadrangle" so that leads me to believe that subsequent volumes will introduce yet another individual to get mixed up in this hub-hub.
I thought this was a great story for it being the typical love triangle frustration genre. Futaba is a very typical shy Japanese girl, and Taichi is the typical on-the-fringe Japanese boy. But somehow the stereotypes blend together pretty well to make a story that is easy to read. At the end of the day, I am driven by the connection I make with characters, and this volume got me caring about Futaba and Taichi. The art for this was detailed and easy to follow.
VIZ has this rated at Teen Plus. There is some discussion of boobs, relative sizes, and how to make them bigger that makes this not a title I would put in junior high, but there’s not much else in volume 1 that says this couldn't be available to all high school students.
Sara’s Rating: 8/10
Suitability level: Grades 9-12
This review was made possible with an advanced reader copy from the publisher through Edelweiss. This graphic novel will be on sale April 21, 2020.
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Realistic Fiction, Romance, School Age, Slice Of Life
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