Everything has an equal and opposite reaction. For Mahiru Yanase, this means that if anything good happens to her, misfortune must follow in its wake. This theory has been proven more than true since Mahiru is constantly being compared to her kinder and far cuter twin sister, Mayo.
Long accustomed to her own unluckiness, Mahiru is thrown for a loop when she meets Aoi Satomi, a handsome classmate who takes an interest in her! However, when he confesses his feelings soon after meeting, Mahiru knows that this is too good to be true—and something bad is sure to happen as a consequence. However, Aoi's arrival might just be the key to overturning Mahiru's bad luck.
From the mangaka that brought us “Taiyou no Ie”, we are given a work smaller in size, but packed with well-deserved teenage angst that delivers quite fast, unfortunately. Albeit the tropes used are very common (sibling inferiority complex for example), the story manages to portray the slice of life element in an easy way that makes the reader get absorbed in it.
The plot itself is nothing original (although, one of my favorite tropes) with the main girl feeling inferior to her twin sister who seemingly has everything and so, she tries to stay as low key as possible to avoid any chance of her getting
hurt in any way. This has been imprinted in her brain so much that she avoids any general happiness due to imminent disappointment and so, her journey through her issues begins. We can all imagine her efforts at trying to come to terms with her problems slowly once she makes friends and a boy asks her out and for the most part, it works great showing her again and again how her thoughts get in the way and she just does not randomly wake up one day and is over it. A big bonus is given for the fact that it shows the sister’s point of view about the relationship the 2 siblings have and she is not oblivious to what is happening (unlike their parents, probably).
However, where the work falls short is the character build-up it tried to present. As it comes to such stories, everyone has a share in it, but towards the final chapters, it seemed to create a lot of situations and try and tie up a lot of loose ends into some positive message. Thankfully, it did not aim for the stars and the plot still remains relatively simple with everyone gaining a bit more, but it can feel forced at times so specific characters will act in specific ways. Even the main boy who had a lot of screen time, it feels as though his part fell a bit flat towards the end.
I personally related to the main character a lot, simply because I also vehemently believe that good things bring bad things, though she certainly takes it to a whole new level since the manga tries to make that her main trait. The development of the characters is a steady process with the main character facing herself and her sister, her admirer facing his past and their friends trying to make more mature decisions along the way. They are simply students and for the most part, they are acting that way, give and take some drama or general exaggerated situations. Although in retrospect, the whole premise of each character is a bit too much, they always kept things light and fresh for the reader.
Art-wise, it is not that detailed, but it is very pleasing to the eyes with rounded lines and simple designs. Every character is distinct and even between the identical twin sisters we can see the true difference in their countenance. There is no heavy dialogue and you can read it pretty fast too.
I was mostly invested in this because of the similarity I have with the main character, although our approach to this is not the same, and as I am a sucker for such stories, I enjoyed it sufficiently. I would very much like if the main boy had more time to work on his own story and even more so the sister, but it seems this ended rather abruptly and there was not enough time to present everything naturally. Nonetheless, it is a fun read, but it does not bring anything new on the table.
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).