Kusonoki Komugi lives with her mother in Tokyo and can't get along with classmates. Because of her mother's business trip, she has to stay with her father in Hokkaido for a year. She thinks she will have opportunities to make new friends. She got to sit next to Ookami Yuu, a popular boy who tells her she smells good. One day, she discovers his secret...
What makes me give 10 to this manga is purely driven by the fact that the manga deals with these amazing looking humans who can transform to wolf, fox .. The whole idea of co-existence of humans with such shape shifters thrills me. Moreover a love story between a mere human girl with one of them is just nail bitting.
Although I would have loved it if the manga wouldn't have been so short as it could have continued many different leads which could have been picked up, the story was short and sweet but yes the heart wants what it wants (more on the
after story ...) Story isn't a thriller, its simple and straight with not many tangential verticals around the protagonist . Personally I like the art of this mangaka so I enjoyed the art of the manga.
Learning: Things you run away are right behind you, so running away ain't a wise decision.
This is a great short manga with a wonderful emotional core. The story could have benefited from a few extra chapters, to flesh out some characters, but isn't really hindered by it's fast resolution. It's just made more dramatic.
As a longtime fan of urban fantasy anything, I just loved the setting. It's realistic and peaceful, without being boring. There is something inherently cool about the idea of an extremely magical city that is also very pastoral and quiet. It just skirts most of the overplayed things people usually associate with urban fantasy, like faction war, societal manipulation and angst. I kinda feel like just
talking about how cool it is that this manga went urban fantasy without the angst. When I saw that Twilight reference with the "you smell nice..." thing I have to admit I shuddered. And then it was all because she smelled like delicious food. I just love it. And just gets better from that..
But this is a drama romance, not a comedy romance. The love story is sweet and pure without being unrealistic, and the drama, when it happens, might be based on a cliché concept ("they're from two different worlds") but is treated in a reasonable way with understandable consequences and no exaggeration for effect. It doesn't need any of that because it's very effective, engaging without going overboard, showing emotion without the need for onomatopoeia (a shoujo manga without a single "doki doki" panel!).
The art is gorgeous. Great anatomy and expression, superb narrative and pacing. Also, full backgrounds with screentones added for depth. The screentones on the characters, however, are little muddy, makes it seem like everyone is always wearing grey. But this is the one single problem with the art, and I absolutely forgive it.
This is something that I found recommended to me for my Amazon kindle and, on the whole, I don't regret reading it. It's pretty easy to get through so if you have some time it's not a bad choice.
The characters interact well together and that makes it a nice light read. You're probably going to pick a favourite but they're most likely not going to be a standout, just someone who already coheres to your preferred archetype.
I enjoyed it well enough. Though personally, I like heavier, complex storylines, it's nice to mix it up with light reading like this now
and then and it's clear that the intention of the series is to be a light read, so it missing other factors that make a great manga is to be expected. Nevertheless, it delivers on its promises and no one can fault it for being some nice fluff to add to your day~