Haru has been living with her stepfather, Seiji, ever since she lost her mother at a young age. However, on the heels of Seiji's grandfather's funeral and with news that their apartment is scheduled to be demolished, she begins to take a fresh look at her circumstances.
Reading this manga is like waking up in a scenic meadow with warm sunshine and a gentle breeze brushing past you. There's something inherently calming and satisfying about the experience, and you'll leave it feeling somewhat enlightened, glad that you were willing to give it a go.
Balancing Toy is a shoujo manga by Aiji Yamakama, and for those of you who have read 'Tomodachi no Hanashi', you'd be well acquainted with this mangaka's pleasant art style. Unlike the typical shoujo, this one doesn't really have much of a central plot to speak of, nor a goal it's trying to gravitate towards. It's a true
slice-of-life at heart, with Haru giving us insightful remarks and pieces of her worldview as we observe her everyday life through her perspective. Meeting up with a past childhood friend. Making new acquaintances. Setting up her stepfather's birthday party. These events may seem mundane on paper, but each one reveals just a bit more about the wonderful characters in the story, while feeling incredibly natural and immersing in the process.
This story contains a dash of everything, from familial bonds to friendships to the buds of a teenage romance. It gives a refreshing look at life, adding in just the right amounts of appreciation and kindness amidst playful banter and lighthearted interactions. It's a heartwarming read for when you want to calm down and enjoy your time.
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and give this manga a whirl~
This manga is very heartwarming and leaves you with a fluffy feeling once you've finished it~
It's a slice of life, dealing with a young girl called Haru, her stepdad Seiji and their friends and acquaintances and their relationships. The basic story is in itself nothing new, the ending is very open, but works well (especially when compared to the ending of a similar manga, 'usagi drop' and how that wrecked the entire story).
The characters are all very cute and likeable, even Chii-san (Seiji's friend from college and potential love interest), whom I was sceptical about at first, turned out to be very pleasing to watch.
Haru has a very bubbly personality, which doesn't make the more serious moments unbelievable, but creates a nice atmosphere for the dialogues in the manga. All the characters seem pretty grounded and realistic, all of them being genuinely nice people.
The artwork is outstanding (I love this mangaka's style) and it creates the proper moods for the scenes. One thing that kinda bothered me here and in the mangaka's other work 'Stand Up!, is the way the panneling is done may be very innovative at times, but sometimes the story is hard to follow or it's not clear what character is saying what.
If you like slow paced Slice of Life manga, then this is definetly a good read. It is sadly very short, but at the end that isn't a big problem, because the story hints at what is going to happen afterwards with the characters.
If you plan on reading it online, the last chapter might be hard to find (or it's just 11 pages). I read it on mangahere, but depending on when you read this it might be already taken down.