Tsubasa to Hotaru follows 15-year-old Tsubasa Sonokawa, a young student—and a renowned stalker? After one very romantic gesture by a popular upperclassman, she falls head over heels for who she believes to be her one true love. Unfortunately, love can be deceiving, as her feelings are soon proven to be one-sided; the upperclassman directly tells her that she's annoying and that she needs to stop bothering him. How's that for some tough love?
Shortly after this horrific heartbreak, her good friend Yuri suffers from a sprained wrist, making it impossible for her to continue her position as the basketball team's manager. After some coaxing on Yuri's part, Tsubasa decides to take on the role in her place. This may be the perfect opportunity for Tsubasa to move on and forget about her unrequited love.
On Tsubasa's first day as a manager, the team's shooting guard Aki Hidaka saves her from being hit by a ball. Is this another fateful encounter? Or just a random, meaningless event? One thing is for certain: Tsubasa's days will never be the same again.
Volume 1: Stardust★Wink Bangai-hen: Sekai de Ichiban Semai Hoshi
(Excuse my English) I really did enjoy this manga. At first I thought it was about a girl who builds a friendship with the whole basketball team but I then I figure out that's not the point of the story which I kinda wish it was but then I started reading more of it and I liked where the story was going. It's kinda what I expected but expect it includes romance which I also enjoy. I think in the middle of chapter three was when the story started getting interesting for me. I enjoy seeing Sonokawa relationship with Akkey how it will work out.
The development is kinda slow but it's not to fast either. I hope it's getting somewhere soon before something or someone gets in the way.
I would have rated this series higher, but the male lead is frustrating. It is understandable that he is focus on basketball, but the female leads confuses to him and he does not give her an answer. It seems like he likes her, because he seems to be slightly jealous when another guy comes into the picture. It seems it will turn out into another "I like my toy, but do not play with it, until someone else starts playing with it," childish possession.
As for the female lead, she is great. She is usually positive, straightforward and does almost everything 100%.
I see how she might come off as annoying and stalkerish, but she is willing to give the person she likes her all. The female lead deserves someone that will not lead her on, she deserves better than the male lead.
Note: I usually side with the male leads, which shows how frustrating I find the male lead.
This has been one of my favourite romance manga ever since I've started it. I think the characters are really likeable, and feel pretty real to me. The side characters are interesting too, but they don't get much focus until they're needed for the story.
I think a male main character like Aki is a breath of fresh air compared to the usual main love interest in many shoujo manga. His defining trait isn't his good looks, which is good. After the first chapter or so, it's not often mentioned how good looking he is, so I don't feel as
if the MC likes him for his looks only, but rather his personality, which is good! He's also not the typical popular boy or bad boy character, and his niceness feels refreshing. He can't be expected to go around saying stuff that makes people swoon, but he makes up for it by being awkwardly cute! The only thing I see people not liking about him is that he's really reserved and doesn't express his inner feelings much (he's not the typical emotionless guy though), so you shouldn't really expect him to say anything much to move the budding relationship forward.
The female lead is also a good character. She's a hardworking, nice girl, as many female leads tend to be, but she feels more of a real character to me. She's someone I can really cheer for, and her personality(and her many nice hairstyles!) is cute and likeable. She's cheerful in a way that's fun to watch.
The relationship progresses at a good pace in my opinion, though some others might say it's too slow for their liking. The good thing is that whenever I think huge obstacles are going to pop out, they don't usually reset the relationship progress back to zero (which happens a lot in some manga I've read, it's really frustrating!). If you go in not expecting things to progress quickly, I think you'll enjoy the character interactions and slow progression.
I think the best thing about this story is that I hardly feel annoyed when reading it. There aren't many events that cause me to bang my head on the wall and scream "that's too much of a coincidence to be true!" And whenever I expect the story to proceed down an annoying path, it's usually not as bad as I think, since the storm blows over quickly. The characters do do things that cause the relationship to not progress as fast as it could, but it never feels like forced storytelling to drag out the story, but rather the characters are just being themselves. The caring, reasonable main characters make it a good read.
And of course, I believe the art is really pretty, so no complaints there!
Overall, I cannot recommend this enough. Just make sure you don't start reading expecting too much, and just enjoy the things as they come. Expectations make you impatient and enjoy the story less!