"The dazzling neon lights were reflected in her eyes. A night like no other was beginning."
Asahina Emi arrives at a club to meet a friend, only to find herself lost and uncomfortable in the crowd. There, she is rescued by the cool and dazzling Eri. She sweeps her away from all the noise and clamor, and into the twilight. A night like no other was beginning...
Right of the bat, the one thing I like is how straightforward the manga is. You can expect things to happen from the first chapter. So if you are not a fan of dragging a story 50 chapters until you get what you came for, this is the manga for you.
But it also comes with a disappointment, in my opinion. It certainly hypes up with the beginning, but it slowly starts turning into a bit of a drag. Because it lures you in with such a strong intro (speaking of the first chapter), you sort of start dashing through pages, expecting the same strength
in storytelling and character expression. But it sadly disappoints, as it is unconventionally getting slower in character development.
At least to me, I didn't really find myself caring about the main characters. I found that particularly odd, because I usually dive deep into a story if I find it intriguing. Even tho the story surely doesn't lack adventurousness, I just couldn't bond with the characters in any way whatsoever. I am blaming the strong first chapter, because it probably just boosted my expectations. That's why I would suggest not expecting as much of the rest of the chapters that have come out so far.
Story on its own has a refreshing tone. It is not too shallow, nor too deep. It does not follow many manga and anime-like cliches which we all know and love (well, sometimes not so much). To me that fact is a big plus, because it makes the story less predictable.
I was actually between a 6 and a 7. I like the esthetic, but it was not mindblowingly beautiful, not horrific. It was nice, but average. All in a quiet satisfying, but I wouldn't say it deserves anything over a 7.
Again, the thing that puts me off is how the character development becomes slower instead of faster. You sort of don't even want to know much about the main characters. The side characters seem much more interesting to be honest, but aren't really given the time of the day. Every new information about the leads isn't really astonishing or... giving you any impression at all really.
But I have hopes that this is solvable. If the manga continues, I am looking forward to seeing more interesting sides to the mains and hopefully more about the side characters as well.
Even though I like the concept, the setting and the refreshing tone - I couldn't really get into it that much. Sometimes you read 2 chapters of a manga, and you get so excited that you are willing to wait 6 months for another chapter, checking every day. But this one is just... it's probably something I'm gonna hit up if I ever see it on my manga list again in a few months. I do sort of want to know what happens later, because it thankfully isn't too predictable (I'm not saying it isn't predictable at all). But I'm not in a hype, like I sometimes am with new anime/manga I stumble upon.
I'm not going with a 6 because it had a warm atmosphere. Again, the refreshing setting and way the writer handles it is quiet nice. Even though my judgement may seem a bit harsh so far, I wouldn't consider this a blatantly average manga. I don't regret the chapters I've read. And I would recommend it - especially if you are a fan of quirky carefree themes in manga.
Hope my review helped if you had your doubts about reading it. Give it a read, maybe you end up enjoying it way more than I did.