Jul 10, 2010
Seeing as the main story hasn't been scanlated, this one's only for the oneshot included in this volume: Amairo Omoi
I have a somewhat subtle obsessive slash stalker instinct in me at all times, so this story really appealed to that side of me! But even if you don't suffer from disturbing personality disorders, you can still find so much idealism and heartfelt adulation in this manga, that you should definitely put it on your reading list already!
Aiko is a shy girl who doesn't have much experience with boys or love, but on the first day of high school, when she's not made any friends and
is feeling particularly lonely, she's stuck outside her school waiting for the rain to abate as she's umbrella-less. Enter knigh in shining armour who lends her a cheap plastic umbrella very gallanty when he sees her forlorn expression, but then dissappears shortly. Obviously this is enough to leave an impression on any 15 year old! Plus he was so handsome! Heehee, if this isn't enough to tempt your into reading how Aiko handles her fixation then I should also point out that she is rather (cutely) accident prone and often needs help from falling or tripping. Hmm, if only a bishie was around to catch her!
All right, all right, just read it already. It's full of very beautifully made scenes. The artwork for the characters themselves feels mediocre, but the backgrounds are done well, as are the dialogues. The story doesn't move at an abnormal rate as is expected in one shots and paces small events with enough internal monologue to give you a feel of Aiko's past and consequential meetings with her savior. Aiko's determination to fall in love with her Lancelot AND find him so she can tell him of that undying love is endearing. As is the sympathy you feel for her when her efforts always fall short at the opportune moment. Very realistic, because you and me don't just know what exactly to do at the moment our long time crush is standing next to us on the bus, and before we know it, he's gone!
Other pluses here include the depiction of her very supportive friends, their stylish school uniform, novel idea such as those of the old lady on the train and the mascara. All in all, it's something that's going to make you smile inwardly and give you the gumption to finally open your mouth when the cutie sitting next to you on the train you take everyday offers his magazine/umbrella/headphone.
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