Oct 7, 2022
It's winter. Yuuta Hasegawa is a mature 20-year old college student who is still recovering from his break-up with his cheating ex-girlfriend. Fortunately, he has his gorgeous best friend since high school, Ayaka Mino, to help him get over it.
Things take a turn for the better (or worse) when he bumps into a beautiful 18-year old Santa girl, Mayu Shinomiya, who he impulsively helps out. In return, she is suddenly visiting him several times a week at his home to cook and clean for him.
With Yuuta seemingly not wanting to even consider romance so soon after his recent tragedy, how does he deal
with everything when two sets of feelings collide?
It's a great setting in my opinion, strongly seinen and in dialogue as well. You won't see much blushing embarrassed moments here. They are all essentially adults but are still getting used to what it means.
The characters themselves generally feel very distinct from typical manga. Yuuta is mature, sensible, sensitive, but still full of insecurity especially because of what recently happened to him. Ayaka feels very similar to Yuuta in demeanor except she is a bit more explosive and confrontational when she wants to. Mayu is the youngest and acts like a princess because she certainly has the looks and mannerisms of one, including the brattiness. Most of everything happens from Yuuta's perspective and the reader is left to assume what the other two character's thoughts and feelings are. You can't really be sure when they're lying and what they're hiding.
The artwork is gorgeous, not just the characters but the backgrounds. The world feels more alive because of the clear level of attention given to the character's surroundings.
I fervently wait for the next scanlations. This has gotta be in the top 5 of my current manga watchlist.
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