Mod Note: This review was initially posted for the one-shot, Present, and was subsequently merged into Linkage.
Note: There are at least two other manga with the title of "Present". If you want to search for this story make sure the author is Uso Kurata.
Present is a very good one-shot about the love between two girls.
Keiko is a girl who, in the past felt like her appearance (upturned face, pale hair, pointed chin) are unsuited to her actual interests (cute things like stuffed bears). Due to these differences many girls used to find her creepy, so she had to change herself in order to be more accepted. Sadly, she still felt very lonely.
This is where Haruka comes in. Not only is she really nice to Keiko, but she also has a "quality" that makes it easy for Keiko to be friends with her.
Without spoiling too much, this is a very heartwarming story that shows how much the two really mean to each other. Even if it's a bit predictable, I still think the final product is great, and anyone who just wants to read a short "feel-good" story should give Present a try. read more