Tomboyish Ayuka is in love with her childhood friend Sakamoto. At the start of her third year of middle school she meets a new friend Sally-chan. Sally-chan also seems to have feelings for Sakamoto. Will Ayuka have the courage to confess her feelings or will Sally-chan beat her to it?
I picked up this manga looking for something light and quick to read. I expected this story to be a generic middle school romance from the get-go, and in many ways it is. However there are some unexpected lessons in trusting your friends and in hard work that as so sweet and genuine you rarely see this in the newer cookie-cutter series that are out there.
Ayuka's outgoing personality is totally refreshing, and the troubles she faces are realistic. Now that is to say, this is STILL a very generic story. But it has a lot of heart. It's definitely geared towards a middle schooler
audience, so keep that in mind should you decide to read this.
Unlike typical shoujo manga where usually the characters are all the same, the art is the same as any other shoujo manga, and the the development is based on when the confession will appear, Ohana Moyou no One-Piece, or Flower Patter Dress is a sweet short story about a tomboyish girl, her childhood friend/crush and a new, cute transfer student as they advance trough the final year of high school. The story centers on unfolding of the feelings trough a cute, pretty realistic and fun way, which makes this shortie a rare good one among its sort.
The story, made of four chapters, is also,
in same way, divided in 4 season of the year. And in each season, there is to be found a piece of clothing, that somehow, with a special memory marked that very season - thank God, there is no lack of development in relationships, character histories, and decisions. And that is exactly what made this read so good. It's a normal-paced, amusing, not over dramatic read that is sure not to fail anyone with a thing for slice of life romance.
The art look really old-fashioned, almost comparable with the style of 90'. But that is just what made the characters so very cute. The environment was decently drawn, and there was, luckily, not too much of traditional stars, clouds, hearts or whatever that usually fills every single empty spot.
Once again I was surprised by the development - there wasn't really that many of it, well, as much as could fit in a four chapter manga, but characters were deciding, calculating, suspecting, and not just emo-ish, and depressed over not being liked by their crush. One girl had a goal, and she went for it. It is what kind of impressed me.
It is nothing too exciting that will keep you glued to the chair, but it is quite relaxing. Besides, it has a few situations where you do wonder what is going on, and in a way are sure about some things just as much as our main heroine - not much. You can get into it if its your type of manga, but otherwise, it may not be your cup of tea.
A rare good shoujo that definitely should not be missed. Check it out. It's only a 4-chapter shortie, anyway.