Timiko’s mom continues her internal monologue, most likely addressing her husband, on ways she’s noticing Tomoko is probably gay but not ready to tell anyone yet. She and the younger son, Yuri, both have figured it out by now but try to support Tomoko so that one day he will be comfortable. Yuri is kinda grumpy and finds the most interesting ways to support his older brother. Mom tries to support Tomoko through his first crush, and often realizes too late that she may have said something to put Tomoko in an awkward position, but she quickly back-pedals and offers way for Tomoko to save face. She accidentally suggests Tomoko ask his crush to spend the night, but realizes and quickly corrects that the thought of being alone that long would make Tomoko uncomfortable. She briefly muses about the family and life that Tomoko could have if he were straight, but she comes to accept that the future she imagined for Tomoko probably won't look the way she thinks, and she hopes for happiness for her son.
This is a quick read with very short chapters focusing on a specific topic or conversation, but there is a lot more storyline continuity in this volume than there was in volume one. Tomoko and his crush develop over several little chapters, and we'll hopefully get to see more of how Tomoko and his family support him with this. Yuri is definitely an easy crowd-favorite with his annoyed attitude that makes way often for ways to support his brother. At first, he often seems irritated that Tomoko doesn't just come out and say what he's really feeling, but his support for Tomoko comes out so often that you can't help but feel the love he has (and hides) for his brother. The dad really isn't in this one much again, so this might be building into a really big confrontation with the father, who is never really shown as support for folks being gay (and he definitely isn't around his son long enough to see the signs). It will be interesting to see how long the mangaka goes before we get more of the dad involved in the story.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: 7-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1
Publisher: Square Enix
Publication Date: October 26, 2021
ISBN: 9781646091126 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, LGBTQ+, Slice Of Life, Family, Square Enix
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