Personal Rate: 6
Overall Rate based on the different criteria: 6.25 rounded down to 6
So Taiyou no Ie brought me here.... It was a bit of a letdown. While I found its predecessor utterly charming, this one fell a bit flat although, it's a pretty nice read if you're looking for something light in-between shounens.
Note: I'll be re-using parts of my initial review on Taiyou no Ie.
Not much to say. Classical slice of life, my main issue is that mostly a whole plot is constructed around a character who suffers from some sort of inferiority complex over her twin
sister... Though I'm not saying that this particular issue is not important in a teenager's life... I wish we had spent more time with Aoi who by far had the most interesting character arc but more on that later.
The main issue I guess is the length of this series. I got what I was expecting from Taamo's work but the story's so short that the resolution of the characters' problems felt rushed or difficult to relate to because we never saw in detail how wounded they used to be.
Art: 8 - This is a copy and paste on what I wrote about Taiyou no Ie
I love the art to bits. It's very light ans minimalist and reminds me a lot of Matsumoto Tomo's work albeit it's more light and precise probably given how the manga is entirely digitally drawn. So far all the mangas I've read which were drawn digitally had that "digital feel" that I personally hate ( hence the fact that I'm too fond of webtoons) but this one looks like a traditional manga albeit prettier... It's particularly visible with the grey layers. I can't give it more because of the genre... No super skilled composition here, it's not an action manga after all, but the 8 is well deserved.
As in her previous serious series, very very likable characters who are cute as buttons for the girls and typical bishounens for the boys. My main problem as said earlier is due to its length. We don't spend much time on Mahiru's quirkiness and shyness... Ginga's feelings seems to appear just in order to introduce a traditional love triangle... Mayo seems to fall in love very easily and that just makes her arc with Aoi feel forced... worse her internal struggles are difficult to relate to or empathize with since her feelings seem overall cheap... the most dissatisfying point, for me, is Aoi's arc. Apparently he closed himself off from everyone due to his family's issue but that is never shown but told. What Mahiru brought into his life is again told, not shown same with Mahiru.
When a storyteller has to tell you things instead of showing them to you... it's either because he/she sucks or he/she doesn't have the time to do so... Given how Taiyou no Ie was such a delight, it's the second reason here but that doesn't make it any less frustrating.
So basically we get a "he saved me" and "she saved me" conclusion without exactly knowing what exactly they brought to each other except their presence.
Well, the series short so I finished it. My lack of enjoyment stems from the fact that all relations and conflicts felt rushed. I'm not asking for a shoujo to dwell too much on issues... They can become tedious and draggy... But 5 to 7 additional volumes would have done wonders to the pacing of this story. It's particularly important since the whole point was in the relationships which didn't really have the number of pages required to really develop them properly.
Nice and Light but utterly forgettable. If you want to give this author a try... Skip this one and go for Taiyou no Ie... which is licensed in the US and in France ( sous le titre "La Maison du Soleil" chez Pika).