Futaba and Taichi discuss their future plans, specifically what colleges they'd like to attend. Futaba confesses that she would like to do something with flowers, but also knows she's currently not very skilled with growing things. She tells Taichi that she would like it if they could go to college together, but this life-altering decision isn't often one to make based off of a relationship. Masumi runs in to Toma's sister-in-law, Akiko, and the two have a very meaningful conversation about happiness and being accepted by other people. Masumi admits to being a lesbian, and asks if Akiko would be able to accept such a confession from her on child, or even Toma. At the end of the school's festival day, Mami Yagihara convinces Toma to let her do his makeup, in a totally manly way of course. Mami confesses her love for Toma, but says she wants to be friends and not let her feelings spoil their ability to hang out. Toma tells Mami who he's in love with, but there's an eavesdropper who makes sure Toma's confession isn't private.
This volume gets pretty heavy with a lot of conversation between the two sets of characters: Futaba and Taichi, and Masumi and Akiko. If you're a big Toma fan, you will probably be upset with how little he's in this volume, but if you're a Masumi fan, you're be delighted that she finally has some much-needed page-time. Both of these conversations - college/future and acceptance/happiness - are ones that lots of high school students are having and stressing over, and KAITO has some good advice for students and teens on both subjects.
Sara's Rating: 7/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Tags: Reviews previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4, vol 5
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Realistic Fiction, Romance, LGBTQ+, Slice Of Life, School Age
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