Geishas’ Slice of life/ Food/ Love, Friendship & Family
If you are looking for a subtly heartwarming manga that makes you crave for homemade food. Go read this manga right now! x)
Without a doubt, the strongest suit of this manga is definitely Mangaka’s storytelling. While having this skill set, the Mangaka definite did a great amount of research regarding the life of Geisha.
As two childhood friends came to Kyoto to achieve the dream of becoming Maikos and eventually Geikos, their paths diverge as Kiyo failed to become a Maiko, while Suu became one of the most promising Maiko. Do not be worried! Kiyo,
with her optimism and hard-working attitude, immediately found her strongest suit, cooking, to help out the Geisha household/community in a different way.
And there we go, the Mangaka is able to incorporate a dish per chapter, mostly cooked by Kiyo, as the main method of storytelling to show us the daily life of Maikos, the etiquettes of Maikos, and the beauty of this particular traditional art.
The illustrations of the characters might not be the most complicated drawings; however, we can definitely feel the effort while reading through boxes and boxes of her masterpiece. Just because this Mangaka can draw out the beauty of Geisha, produce scenes that touches the readers heart and cause the readers to drool at the food from chapters to chapters, this category definitely deserves HUGE 10!.
Great character setups? [Check]
Unnecessary characters? [ ]
Motivation and purpose behind each characters? [Check]
Growth shown from characters after several chapters? [Check]
I LOVE this manga; yet, the way I enjoy this manga is 5 chapters per day. The reason I read this particular manga in such a slow pace is because this beautiful manga is so sweet to point that I will have mental diabetes if I read too fast...
In a way this manga can be a healing manga or a self-harming manga. It is healing because each chapter cures your heart and realize that life can be beautiful with so many subtle or small things. YET! It can be a self-harming manga because:
1. You are kinda screwed if you are on a diet. Yikes to me~~ x(
2. Homesick can be real after you read this manga. LMAO
Regardless, easily a big 10 because this is definitely a jewel. I learn so much about japanese food and culture just in one book.
If I return to Kyoto and encounter any Geisha, I will definitely look at them with a deeper sense of respect toward their job.