Nayu and Oumi are childhood friends. Without realizing it, Nayu finds out she has fallen for Oumi over the years. However, just as she comes to terms with her feelings, Oumi reveals himself to be in love with the pretty Tsuzuki in his class. How will Nayu deal with such heartbreak?
This is a one shot, meaning it's a very short manga (a total of 8 chapters, roughly 30-40 pages per chapter). If you’re hoping for something long running, turn away now.
PLOT (5/10—just average)
The plot is fairly simple and, to be frank, completely predictable. It’s pretty much all the same romance troupes and clichés which have already been played a million times over in shojo. Second year Nayu falls for her childhood friend Oumi (one year younger than her). She realizes her feelings for Oumi approximately when Oumi tells her he has a crush on a girl in school. Feeling defeated before even getting to
confess her feelings, Nayu becomes sad and eventually confesses to Oumi as well. This leads to our classic love triangle, which is pretty much the backbone of the entire manga. Later on, Oumi begins to question if he likes Nayu when another second year boy in her class shows an interest in her. In the end, it dwindles down to “who will Nayu choose?”
ART (7/10—good art, nothing over the top amazing)
There isn’t much to say about the art. I liked it overall and it looked nice. However, there weren’t any particular scenes which felt exceptionally well-drawn or impactful emotionally. I was sorta like “it’s nice but meh” the entire time.
CHARACTERS (4/10—decently repetitive)
The problem with the characters wasn’t necessarily that they were bad. It was their lack of impact. They felt 2-dimensional, I never felt emotionally attached, and there wasn’t anything particularly unique or memorable about them either. Normally I’d give it a 5/10 (average) but I actually found Oumi’s character and his actions to be displeasing. It just didn’t feel like his feelings for Nayu were genuine and it came off as forced.
ENJOYMENT (4/10—decent one shot)
I thought the story was enjoyable enough to want to finish but if you’ve read enough shojo there isn’t anything here which will wow you. It’s really just a small manga to kill time if you’re bored and have nothing better to do. Once again, I deducted a point because Oumi’s character came off as semi-annoying near the end, which took away from my enjoyment.
OVERALL SCORE: 5/10—simply average
RECOMMENDATION (yes/no): If you have time to kill and you don’t mind repeating classic shojo clichés then this is a decent one shot to try out. If you’re looking for a GOOD romance to get into, something that will leave you truly fulfilled, then look elsewhere.
Falling in love with your best friend can be wonderful, but also painful. In this short story of 10 chapters, Hatsuharu shows how difficult things can become when your affection for a friend turns out in a stronger feeling. If you're interested in shoujos with heart-wrecking dramas or passed through a serious friendzone, this is perfect for you.
The plot caught my attention for presenting a girl, Nayu, who happens to fall in love with her best friend, but it's not a mutual feeling, since the boy, Oumi, claims to be very attracted to a girl in his class. She feels heartbroken, but she's not
capable to tell him. She just keeps hiding her feelings and pretending to be happy so their friendship wouldn't be affected. For me, this part felt really touching, cause there's nothing more painful than having to deny your own desires for the sake of someone. Also, this manga had a lot of events filled with a type of drama that makes your heart ache, but they happen too fast due to the few number of chapters.
Hatuharu haves an amazing and unique type of drawing. The scenes of Nayu and Oumi on the ride at night are breathtaking.
They're the usual shoujo characters, but each one of them have something different. The supporting, Takeda-kun, is very attractive.
Personally, I passed through the same as Nayu and I'm not ashamed to say that this manga felt really relatable to me in that point. When she cries in front of Oumi because she can't tell that the reason of her pain is him, I cried too. I had some expectations for the ending that didn't go as I wished, but I still liked it. Enjoyed a lot.
As I said, because it's a short story, things kinda happen faster than the usual. If this were a manga series, it would be one of the most perfects shoujos ever, cause some situations and characters would be much more availed, creating a very good drama. But still, this manga is surely on my favorites list for its beautiful story and ending. Worth the read!
If you don’t mind how predictable it can be, it’s probably like the other generic shoujo you’ve read if you’ve read others. The most obvious shipping from the start will be there in the end and others might form based on who’s left over. I think what’s a little different about this manga, though, is the whole childhood friend relationship. Most of the time when a shoujo manga includes a childhood friend, he/she isn’t there in the beginning and comes in as almost an afterthought on the mangaka’s part. In other words, he/she isn’t taken seriously as a suitor and is only inserted for some
┈ ┈ ┈ ┈ ┈ Oumi and Nayu, though, are the stars of this manga. Yes, it’s quite obvious how things will turn out for them in the end, but little by little they transform their childhood thoughts of each other into more mature ones. It’s evident that even though they still have that childhood mindset from long ago, they’re capable of considering each other in a different light. The fact that it’s a ten chapter manga lets you know that stuff is going to happen and it won’t be two clueless idiots fumbling around for too long understanding the others’ feelings.
I guess the downside to this manga would be some of the secondary characters. Like in other shoujo, a few of them you can tell won’t be that important to the story. They’re there to stir up some two-second drama and that’s that. Some of them make bigger impacts than others and might even make a good love triangle that will make you question which ship is supposed to sail.
┈ ┈ ┈ ┈ ┈ What I liked most about this manga was the artwork. It is reminiscent of other shoujo but feels a little lighter and fresher. It isn’t as light as stuff like in “Hirunaka no Ryuusei,” but the water color texture in the colored images make it look very young and innocent. (True, this manga does exude youth and innocence.) I can’t say the big-eyed girls and handsome boys are any different from other shoujo, though.
Should you read this?
If you’re a sucker for shoujo, go for it. Otherwise, it’s a fuzzy little read that won’t impact you very much except give your heart a little bit of “aww.” It was a refreshing read, though, for some uplifting romance.