Khang Zhipa loves collecting medicinal herbs in the mountains above his peaceful, farming village. As he journeys home for the day, he stops and diagnoses a fellow villager with exhaustion, and rushes home to get him some medicine. As he arrives, he finds out a traveling merchant’s family will be staying the night with them, along with a bride-to-be who eagerly helps Khang make more medicine. In the morning, he finds her still in their home but without her family. To his surprise, he discovers he is the groom-to-be! Khang and his fiancée, Rati, spend time together, getting to know each other and helping each other, and integrating Rati into his family's daily life.
One day, as Hinata walks by a free kitty in a box, he decides to adopt it and names it Kyuu-chan. Kyuu-chan turns out to be adorable and makes Hinata's life more interesting! Kyuu-chan loves playing with toys, but more than that, Kyuu-chan loves spending time with Hinata, including curling up inside his scarf. Like most cats owners can attest, Kyuu-chan also loves the box more than the toys that come in it. Kyuu-chan also loves snacks and getting his fur on the bottom of Hinata's pant legs. The two are always doing things for each other, including Kyuu-chan traversing half the city and the subway to bring Hinata his forgotten lunch!
Penguin and house vol 1 by Akiho Ieda
Hayakawa and his pet Penguin, Pen-chan, live in a normal apartment while Hayakawa attends university classes. Pen is an amazing pet - he helps around the house, does the shopping, cooks delicious and elaborate meals, cleans the apartment and does Hayakawa's laundry, and tries to do everything he can to make Hayakawa happy. But, most days, Hayakawa doesn't notice what Pen-chan has done for him! Hayakawa's friends realize what a great penguin he has, but Pen's owner remains oblivious.
Nasa and Tsukasa attend a summer festival, and Nasa can’t handle how cute she looks in a yukata! On recommendation from Kaname, Nasa starts reading Shōjo manga to brush up on being romantic with Tsukasa, and his efforts are not in vain. Tsukasa enjoys the uptick in attention and romantic gestures she receives from nasa. Later, Kaname inspires the two to bathe together in the same room at the bath house, but they weren’t actually alone after all, leading to a mildly awkward interaction with a stranger.
Nasa and Tsukasa go on a sort of honeymoon to a hot springs with a private bath in their room, but both are too shy at the beginning to bathe in front of each other. By the end of the trip, they are able to get into the same bath but only at night with the lights off. We also finally meet someone claiming to be Tsukasa's guardian, and she chides Tsukasa for not bringing Nasa around for her approval, but gives it by the end of the conversation. When they get home, they decide to get an air conditioner for their small apartment and they find relief from the hot summer days, but they can’t agree on a temperature at night, vacillating between too hot or too cold with just a few degrees adjustment.
Nasa goes back to his old job to help out for the day, and it turns into an all nighter. Tsukasa tries not to feel lonely, but not texts or calls all day leave her missing her husband. She can’t sleep that night, so she’s awake at 4am when he gets home. The loneliness has gotten to her, and she asks for cuddles and kisses, which is more than she’s ever asked for before. Nasa happily obliges! Later, a movie that totally isn’t Endgame is coming out, and Tsukasa is dying to see it opening day in the theater so she can avoid spoilers. She and Nasa also prepare by watching a few movies before, and Nasa appreciated how into the story Tsukasa gets. Nasa and Tsukasa, separately, receive a whole list of what kisses mean when they’re given to a partner on different parts of the body, like the neck, forehead, arm, even the belly *blush*. Later, the two can finally go on a honeymoon, thanks to some raffle tickets to a Hot Springs, but that means they’ll actually be alone … together … on a trip …
Man and his cat vol 1 by Umi Sakurai
In a pet store in Japan, many of the young, adorable kittens are quickly adopted, leaving behind the lovable, fluffy, slightly older cat, whose sad eyes beg for a new owner to come adopt him. Kanda, a recent widower, adopts the big guy and provides a loving home for him. Kanda names him Fukumaru, a combination of the words for "luck" and "happiness" in Japanese. Fukumaru is so grateful that he has been adopted that he tries to go into every room with Kanda, which is normally fine until Fukumaru tries to go in the shower with him. He realizes the hard way that there are some places they cannot be together.
Nasa‘s cousin, Ginga, who acts like a yakuza man but he’s really a normal high school student, has his “boys" bring in a feral kitten they found outside their high school. Nasa immediately takes it to the vet to get completely checked out. When the vet asks for his name, Tsukasa offers up "Toast" because the kitten has a lighter square of fur on its back and it’s mostly brown. Once Toast is back home settling in, he starts getting in the way of Nasa getting close to his wife because he's constantly demanding food. Ganga presents Nasa with a wedding present: two tickets to the Land of Dreams, a theme park. The young couple decided to go to the park as a date. Tsukasa has never been and is excited to try everything. They weren’t the only ones who had the idea to come as a date. Nasa's teacher is invited by a colleague who doesn’t know how to confessed his feelings for her.
Nasa and Tsukasa still live in the bath house after the destruction to their apartment, so Tsukasa decides she needs to help out with chores around the bath to repay them for their kindness. Tsukasa and Kaname end up getting pretty close and exchanging nicknames. Older sister Aya still hasn’t given her approval to Tsukasa, especially considering she has had a long-standing crush on Nasa, but Tsukasa starts to win her over with her delicious home-cooked meals. It also turns out that both are highly competitive video-gamers, and they challenge each other to many bouts of a new fighting game and a classic shooting game. Later, Nasa tries to plan a date for the two of them, including a stroll in a park where he hopes to hold Tsukasa’s hand and exchange some smooches.
Nasa and Tsukasa finish their visit to Nasa’s parents and come back to find their house has burned down! But don’t fret, Nasa has prepared for everything with insurance, keeping his prized possessions in a safe deposit box, and storing all his documents on the cloud. They stay in a spare room owned by the family who runs the bath house, but they also need to go shopping for all new clothes. Nasa has some fun picking out outfits for Tsukasa, but things get a little awkward when she has to get new underthings. The two set up their temporary home with some old relics from the family's departed father, which include classic video games, old TVs, and some interesting furniture pieces.
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