Aya-Chan, Mitsuki’s best friend from her childhood, is back in Japan, back playing basketball, and just finished a tournament opposite Mitsuki’s new Fab Four basketball friends. But there’s something very different about Aya - she’s not a girl! While Mitsuki wrestles with this new information, and how it fits in to all her memories of Aya, Towa is determined not to lose to Aya in any way. Mitsuki tries to fit in with some girls in her class by inviting them to karaoke, but she’s an afterthought the whole time. She confesses her lack of friend making skills to Kyōsuke, one of the four basketballers, and he promises to get to know her better and be a better friend. Mitsuki doesn’t quite trust the offer but also doesn’t want to snub a chance at a friend! Aya finds out Mitsuki works at the Words Café across from the basketball court where they meet, and after one of her shifts, he’s very forward and promises to take her on a date after the next tournament. Mitsuki isn’t sure still how to handle Aya being a boy, let alone asking her on a date!
Just as Mitsuki was starting to be comfortable around her new friends, Aya has to come and make it all complicated! This is reverse-harem storyline is pretty common in romance manga. Some readers might get fed up that all the boys seem to fall for the one heroine, but just as many readers will be engrossed by Mitsuki's hopeless conundrum. Which boy will she choose? The difference with this storyline is that there are several boys with Towa who are not as interested in Mitsuki. So, it could be worse - there could be five guys all crazy about Mitsuki. If anyone is looking for this problem to be resolved soon, you'll probably be disappointed. These love triangles have a way of dragging on for dozens of volumes.
So far, this is still a little wholesome love story with some touches of hopeless romanticism. This would be a cute romance for middle school students who dream and sigh about high school romances.
Sara's Rating: 7/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
ISBN: 9781632365170 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Friendship,
Romance, School Life, Kodansha
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