Natsume’s first day of her second year at high school is very eventful. For some reason, her new class’ resident beauty Chiyako is determined to be her best friend, and she falls in love at first sight with a freshman, who turns out to be Chiyako’s younger brother, Rui. She soon learns many surprising things about Rui. He is a successful model, but he is also extremely moody, sadistic and malicious. On top of that, he hates summer, which is Natsume’s favorite season. Plain but earnest, Natsume is not put off by any of this and decides to win him over and teach him a lesson or two at the same time!
The story follows Komuro, Natsume who has just started her junior year in highschool when she spots her soon-to-be crush Yamabe, Rui. Not knowing who he is yet, she goes to class to find a new attractive transfer student called Yamabe, Chiyako.
Now audience, what do we find in common here?
Audience: Uhhhhh. They both must be good-looking..?
Surprising, yes. But that’s not the point. The point is two people have the same last name, which MUST mean that they’re brother and sister.
They just have to be. No point in trying to go for an original plot.
So then, our dear Natsume very kindly befriends Chiyako
in an effort to get to her brother.
I know, even to me, it sounds bad.
I think you’re all hoping she gets caught, but now you’ll never know unless you read the Manga!
I am evil.
The plot is very ‘Slice of life’-y through showing the gradual minute details of the protagonist’s life; which may be slightly boring since she’s just a highschool student. I mean we’ve all been there to an extent, there isn’t a point where you go ‘MAN, I couldn’t have guessed that!’
I think we ALL know just what’s going to happen in the end.
Yes, YOU too readers; even though you haven’t read the story, can you honestly tell me you don’t have any inkling where this will go?
Let me spell it out for you: if there is a boy and there’s a girl then…
Okay, boring plot but there must be SOME suspence, the author must have tried to liven up the story since it seems to be more than a little shallow. But, no, forget about that readers since THERE ARE NO TWISTS, nada, nil, zero, none AND there never will be (oooh, ominous..).
There may be a ridiculous amount of emphasis on her daily life but there is none on any sort of character depth, there is no opportunity for any sort of character analysis even if you TRIED.
The illustrations were the saving grace in the matter and what had encouraged me to read on. Definitely, effort and technique were put into them however, it did feature those abysmally large eyes.
I swear they will be the death of me.
Not much shading had been done and details were sometimes forgotten to be put in between different scenes.
With all that said, the art still kicks mainstream-art butt on any day of the week.
You know that moment when you’re waiting for something to happen?
For me that’s how it felt as I was reading, but that feeling was stretched on for kilometres: and I never saw that something I was waiting for.
At the end of the day, after you finish reading, there simply isn’t anything for you to look back on and say ‘wow.’ or ‘hmmmm’.
You just go ‘huh, it's over'.
I wouldn’t vehemently recommend it, it’s a slow-day-I-don’t-want-to-think-and-I-don’t-care-what-I-read kind of story, honestly there isn’t much working for it unless you’re into asshole models, nice art and a shallow love story.