Naruse is a first year and a member of the basketball team, of which Yuki is the manager. As the manager, she’s sort of like the assistant coach and team mom at the same time. She initially signed up as team manager to get to spend more time around Kido, her crush, but she always told herself she was perfectly happy being near him, not in a relationship with him. She keeps telling herself this, up until he gets a girlfriend, and then discovers her feelings are much deeper than what she kept telling herself. Annoyingly enough, Naruse is also very astute, and he picks up on Yuki’s little crush and devastation. When Naruse tells Yuki he has feelings for her, she can’t believe it, and can’t imagine herself with such an annoying guy. She’s determined to finish the season strong, especially in honor of the 3rd years (and her crush), but she finds herself increasingly distracted by Naruse's presence and her constant thoughts about him.
I have been known to like that whole frenemies-to-lovers trope, but it doesn’t work as well in this story, mainly because there really isn’t much about Naruse that is likable to me. I’m definitely not a fan on non-consensual touching, but it seems Naruse is, and that doesn't sit well with me as an educator and as a person. I definitely wouldn't want a student seeing Naruse's actions, which often go without consequences, and decide this is a way to get a girl to like you. Body violations aside, the tension and development Yuki goes through during this volume is somewhat interesting, and she has a compelling amount of characterization in this first volume to make her an interesting character.
Sara's Rating: 4/10
Suitability Level: None
Publisher: Yen Press
ISBN: 9781975334352 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 4/10, Manga, Romance, School Life, Yen Press
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