This story is actually based on a game; a yuri game. Yuri is the Japanese word for girl’s love and can be sweet and innocent (such as this story) or hard-core burn-you-eyes-so-mother-doesn’t-know-you-were-looking kind of stuff. Which leads me to believe that the game (and the light novel, both I haven’t seen yet) was sweet and innocent. The characters featured in the manga were the side-characters who missed out on their own happy endings in the game.
And since I haven’t played the game (nor read the light novel), the manga had to impress me in different ways.
For example; the story. It’s broken into two distinct stories and its refreshing having such different storylines told.
Mako and Shiori were friends, then Mako confessed her love for Shiori and Shiori ran (literally). Meeting again, Mako’s feelings haven’t changed, but can Shiori stop running?
Hase is a voyeur, she just loves watching friendly girls (a little creepy). She finds Natsuki and Rika especially entertaining and so to keep an eye on them, she joins the quiz club and meets Tokino, a fellow voyeur of girls. What were the odds?
The stories are told separately but I wonder if they might’ve flowed better and been more interesting if they were mashed up, like Love Actually. Or would that have made it hard to follow and keep track of who is falling in love and who is supporting cast? Don’t know.
It’s extremely cute. No sexy time happens at all. The closest that we get are little moments of hand holding and hugs. AND THEN THEY TEASE US WITH A LEAN IN, AND WE ASSUME IT’S A KISS, but it’s fake, just a whisper in the ear. As a westerner this isn’t very satisfying when reading romance.
I like how there was only one (ONE) time where Mako worried that she couldn’t have feelings for a girl because they were both girls. The rest of the time it was openly accepted as being normal. Which it is. Jeez, it’s just romance.
The art is beautiful. Great consistency throughout. Lovely rounded lines and shapes. It’s nice to look at. And it’s great they’ve included some coloured full pages in the front.
Even though it was cute and nice to read it wasn’t amazing. I won’t tell you to go forth and find it ASAP. Do have a look if you’re interested, but it isn’t life changing nor something that you’re going to want to re-read over and over (as I’ve found with some manga series, you should see how worn my copies are).