The beginning of this wraps up the storylines that happen around Christmas time, then launches into a new story arc - Takane’s grandfather is frustrated that Takane won’t give him details about how his relationship is going with Hana. He decides he’s spoiled the kid too much, so he takes away all his stuff: freezes his accounts, sets him up in a shoebox of an apartment, gives him two cheap suits, and around $91 to live on for the month. He says Takane must climb back up to the top from the bottom to prove himself. Takane is so embarrassed by his new situation that he refuses to see Hana. But, based on the advice of her friend Okamon, Hana takes a page from Takane’s book and decides to pester him for a change.
This new arc is already really interesting, and it’s going to be great watching the tables turn on Takane. The mangaka points out in one side panel that there is a delicate balance between Takane’s appeal as a character and the love interest in a shojo manga. It’s going to be interesting keeping him appealing enough to satisfy the stereotypes and demands of the genre, but it will also be deeply satisfying to see this growth in Takane’s character. I appreciate Hana's dedication, and like that she is not going to let Takane slink away with his tale between his legs. Okamon is a very wise character, and he's definitely also proven his morality - he gives Hana some sound advice even though it is clear he wants to be with her. He more so just wants her to be happy.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 8-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4, vol 5
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Realistic Fiction, Romance
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