Tamaki's family owns a pet shop specialized in reptiles and amphibians, though he himself doesn't particularly like them. He catches the interest of a girl named Saya, who really likes reptiles and amphibians. They start dating.
Tsurutsuru to Zarazara no Aida is a slice of life romance centered around the relationship of two middle school students--one the son of reptile shop owners and the other a reptile lover. The author does a great job of incorporating reptiles into the series without smothering it. Overall, it's a very warm story that ends quite open. If you like for stories to end explicitly, it may leave you dissatisfied. However, in doing this, I think the author is able to continue the warm feeling through to the end. You have two side romances that are only implied; they never become official within the story.
Romances can be messy and emotional, but this one just leaves you happy and possibly even loving reptiles a bit more than before.
The art is beautiful and fun with a few 4th wall breaks. The characters are unique and not easily forgettable while still behaving like average people. Facts about various reptiles are weaved throughout the series quite seamlessly. The character development is subtle and natural. The only character I somewhat disliked was the father because the daughter complex trope annoys me, however it creates humorous moments and he mellows by the end creating a heartwarming chapter.
If you're looking for a mellow, happy slice of life romance, this is for you. The reptile aspect makes in memorable and the story is beautifully executed. The open ending may put some off, but if it went on longer the story risked becoming overcomplicated. It's relatively short and sweet and something I'd reread even though I typically don't enjoy doing so.
The tag (romance, seinen) and the cover of this manga took my interest for showing only two characters which most likely be something I would enjoy, thus I gave it a try. I expected something like Pashiri na Boku to Koi suru Banchou-san or Karakai Jouzu no Moto Takagi-san since such a romance story seems a trend in seinen manga; a romance story between two characters with comedy created by missunderstanding and/or innocenceness. While Tsuru Tsuru to Zara Zara no Aida is an innocent romance of two characters, it's so different than the series I mentioned before. It's more slice of life-y than comedy and
there's not much missunderstanding in it.
Tsuru Tsuru to Zara Zara no Aida is a romance story of two characters which focuses on the growth of the couple. When it comes to a romance story especially that focuses in the "growth of couple", the author tends to use an outsider as a third wheel to advance the relationship of the two main characters. I don't say it's bad, sometimes I find it useful when we talk about characters that stuck in the past and can't bring themselves to love anyone anymore (ex. in bitter virgin) or when it's not dragged all along (ex. in Futsutsuka Mono no Ani Desu ga). But usually, the author tends to rely only on it and uses it even if it's unneeded and bring nothing. The worst, some authors use it to milk the series by creating misunderstandings over and over again that the arc seems like just a mere filler. It's the trend in the Shounen manga wich makes me avoid Shounen-romance. It's over-used, uncreative, stupid and often makes the character unbelievably retard. Tsuru Tsuru to Zara Zara no Aida on the other hand, uses another way to advance the relationship of the two characters. Instead of using overused misunderstanding-love triangle, it makes the two characters having a complete opposite feeling about reptile and at the same time successful in making the story believable. It's not over on that, the author uses "reptile romance" as reference of the growth of the couple which I find interesting and very thoughtful.
Tsuru Tsuru no Zara Zara no Aida is a simple slice of life - romance without a complicated relationship or repeated misunderstanding. It's cute and yet, it's a smart and thoughtful one. It's created for people who likes to read a light romance. People who like reading complicated romance/ waifu war or shounen-romance fans on the other hand, most likely will find this manga boring.