Chasing After Aoi Koshiba, Vol. 1 by Fly (Illustrator), Hazuki Takeoka

Genre: manga, yuri, girls love, lgbtqia+

Rating: 4 out of 5 🌷🌷🌷🌷

Content warning: n/a

A yuri manga with gorgeous art and a reference to Bloom Into You? Of course I needed to read this immediately. Huge thank you to Kodansha and NetGalley.

The story starts present day, Sahoko Narita is headed for her high school reunion party. She is in her third year of university right now and on her way she wonders why do people even go to these parties. She meets up with her two best friends from school and one of them mentions that a certain Aoi Koshiba is not likely to attend tonight. Sahoko feels sad and a bit embarassed and this is when we head to flashback territory – and see the girls at high school, as they are on the cover.

I was surpsied that we only got to see the high school years in the flashbacks. This is just my personal preference but I don’t really like stories where the present day character spends most of their time reminiscing about the past. It seems that the things that happened in the past will be a cataclyst for things to move forward in the present, and if that is the case I won’t mind it much. But this is mostly speculation after volume one.

Most of the first volume is spent in the past and I liked these chapters much better. We learned what kind of a person our protagonist, Sahoko is. And boy, is she a handful! Sahoko remembers having a boring school experience before high school so she did everything she could to change her life around. In Japan kids usually graduate from their previous school and attend high school for three years (essentially 10, 11 and 12th grade) and we see Sahoko as a 17-year old in her second high school year. She spends a lot of time and energy to look pretty, and to give others a good impression. She is obsessed with having a popular Instagram account and getting likes while also fishing for people’s irl admiration of her. She became friends with two equally cute and popular girls so she feels settled in her new life – while also secretly worrying about doing anything that would brand her as lame. Unfortunately, due to her new social status she also became a bit vain, easily writing off other students as lame, unpopular, etc. based on looks alone.

Things change when she meets Aoi Koshiba, who is just so effortlessly fun and people seem to like her even though she is a bit of a tomboy. Sahoko is jealous of her free spirited attitude and finds herself gravitating towards Aoi.

I liked this set up and I liked how the two girls started to learn a bit about each other. Aoi also admires Sahoko, and she has her own issues as well. But I felt the communication between them is something that badly needs improvement. Sahoko is rather pushy in wanting to get closer to Aoi and she never stops to ask if Aoi wants her around. Instead she worries about doing things that will make Aoi dislike her. There was a confusing moment where Aoi calls her annoying – which I get, she was a bit pushy – but then immediately wants to hang out with Sahoko. I was also not a fan of the first kiss – it felt rushed, and one sided, with both girls being really confused and it was hard to tell just how much of it was on purpose and how much of it was just an accident.

The girls also have a short talk about dating, but we don’t learn why Aoi brings it up and we don’t know if Sahoko ever really came to terms with her own attraction for Aoi during high school. She is clearly still in denial at the beginning.

Sahoko’s conflicting feelings for Aoi are super relatable though, finding the other girl really amazing and wanting to know her better while being confused if this was friendship or more. It is not clear what happened between the two yet, the dialogue suggests they had some kind of falling out, but present day Sahoko is still clearly hang up on what could have happened or could still happen between them. 

I liked this first volume but the end of the book leaves me with more questions and no answers, I felt like too many things were left open for the next volume. I wish we got some answers at least, but for now so many things are waiting to be answered that it is hard to get really invested in the story. Sahoko is asked once about dating and boys and she visible feels uncomfortable, an ex is mentione and her friends even tease her if she just made this boy up – but we don’t actually learn what the deal is. She talks about being unpopular so it could be that she made up an ex to hide the fact that she was never asked out, but it is not clear and we don’t know if she is even interested in dating. It is implied Sahoko is unhappy in her current 
life, but we don’t know what she does besides studying. She also seems a bit depressed in comparison to her high school self – is this all because of what happened with Aoi? We don’t know if her and Aoi would even meet in the presents – Sahoko wants to but she doesn’t know if Aoi feels the same way. She mentions having her contact and texting sometimes but Aoi not being very responsive and the two slowly stopping to text. Did she ever actually ask Aoi to meet up? We don’t know why Aoi stopped texting her back. Present day Sahoko feels to be a really passive character, waiting for Aoi to accidentally turn up at the reunion party but not really trying to make it happen eg. asking if she is coming. 

While I liked the past chapters more, I was pulled into the story for a sweet high school romance after all, I hope that the present – past – present divide won’t be used for many volumes. I expect the next volume to still follow this set up, but in the long run this could quickly prove annoying, trying to guess what happened in the past while the present characters stagnate and don’t move forward. However if the past inspires them to move forward in the present day that could be interesting.

I really really love the art, and the pacing and the paneling is done really well. I felt that the illustrator captured the feelings and moments really well. I loved that the scenes had enough space to breathe, sometimes we would have pages with only two panels, but it was needed so you can really get immersed in the story.

How Do We Relationship? Vol. 1 by Tamifull

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rating: 💜💜💜💜

genre: romance, girl’s love, yuri, slice of life, manga

content warnings: some adult scenes and discussions of sex, some past scenes of implied homophobia and bullying

This title is a very cute yuri/LGBTQIA+ manga that is interested in not only telling how a couple starts dating but explores what it is like to be in a relationship.

Miwa just started college and on her first day she bumps into another student, Saeko. Saeko does not leave the best impression on her as she is quick to compliment her boobs, but despite all odds the two get along well and become friends. Miwa is shy about making friends and quiet, while Saeko is more the easygoing type. Their personalities bring out the best from both. While they are hanging out at school they decide to join a club together. Their choice falls on the music club and they go out for drinks with their future band mates. As we learn from the short intro at the beginning of the manga, Miwa is confident about liking girls but she has trouble with admitting this to others. So when Saeko asks about her dating life she doesn’t tell her a lot. As it happens Miwa is super popular with their new band mates and one guy immediately asks her out. She feels really embarrassed and cornered, not sure how to say no. Saeko saves her from the situation and as the two, slightly drunk, head on home they chat a bit. Miwa asks Saeko about her own love life, since she was so nosy about hers. Saeko admits that she likes girls, which lets Miwa admit the same to her. Saeko then drunkenly suggests that the two of them should try going out, after all she finds Miwa super cute and they are already getting along well. To her surprise Miwa agrees and their relationship starts!

As the two start to navigate their relationship they learn more about each other. Saeko seems to have had a bad experience with people treating her awful due to being gay so she doesn’t like to tell people about it. Miwa never really dated anyone before so it is all new for her. She also ponders a lot about whether it is all right for them to really date after a quick drunken confession, and if she is really interested in Saeko other than just-friends. I was happy that all the concerns the two have they eventually discussed, so the story wasn’t burdened with drama due to miscommunication. Of course there were topics they each found harder to open up about, but I felt that this was very normal. Saeko talking about her bad past experiences felt real and I liked that her old fears were addressed and she started working it out together with Miwa.

The art is is nice, Miwa is really pretty and I like the flow of the story a lot. You can see the development of the characters and their relationships with each other. I like the supporting cast as well, their band mates are a bit chaotic but really nice people. We are also introduced to a few of Saeko’s college friends and they were a nice addition. It was cute how everyone cheered their relationship on.

I recommended this to anyone who is looking for a more realistic but still very sweet story about two girls navigating a romantic relationship.

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Bloom Into You Vol. 1 by Nio Nakatani

Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜

Genre: LGBTQIA+, slice of life, romance, yuri, girl’s love, manga

Content warning: n/a

It is hard to write a review for only the first volume, because Bloom Into You has became one of the best written manga I have read during the past few years. It has quickly became the new standard to which I now hold all yuri/yaoi/bl/gl manga. It turned out to be all I needed from the genre which I never even dared to hope for.

It stars a female couple and supporting characters, among them we have characters on the aroace spectrum, lesbians, heteros and some who never really label or define their attractions. The story also deals with past trauma and overcoming them and exploring romance and sexuality and what it means for the characters. While the first volume moves quick (which I have to chalk up to the genre’s fault, more on this later) the following volumes take a step back and start exploring and explaining everything. It is rare to find such manga where all conversations and scenes add to the depth of the story and the characters or it foreshadows something. There is also a lot of symbolism in the paneling and how the illustrations express the characters feelings.

Yuu just started a new school a few months ago and she is slowly getting used to it. She always dreamed of having a sparkling and heart-pounding romance that shoujo mangas talk about. But when a friend asked her out after their middle school graduation she didn’t feel anything special. Confused and feeling like her friends would not understand she has been delaying her answer. It’s not like she doesn’t like the person, so then, why doesn’t she feel that special feeling that would lift her up from the ground?

One day she gets roped into helping out the student council after classes and she accidentally overhears a confession between an older girl and a boy on the school grounds. When the beautiful upperclassman rejects the boy and tells him she doesn’t plan on dating anyone, Yuu finally feels like she has found someone who could understand her. As Yuu gets acquainted with Touko and the two works together at the council they also learn a bit about each other. 

Yuu wants to have that special connection with someone yet she feels she is unable to fall in love. She feels like she has found a kindred spirit in Touko who also confesses to never have been in love. So she is a bit suprised when suddenly it is Touko herself who confesses to Yuu. While she doesn’t understand why she would like her, Yuu certainly doesn’t mind having Touko around. 

While the first volume and the first few chapters move very quickly and seemingly fall into instalove on Touko’s side, it is far from it. I chalk this up to the medium, since manga are often published monthly, chapter by chapter, they have to set up their story fairly quickly to grab their audience.

However, I can promise you that after volume one the story takes a step back and unravels everything that was set up in this volume. This is probably the only instance I ever had an issue with the pacing or the writing, everything in the next volumes is so carefully crafted and amazingly written.

There is a reason why Touko has been refusing every love confession before and why it is only Yuu that interests her. There is a reason why she is so quick to throw around the word love without really knowing Yuu.

While the story moves around the school year and we witness several school events in it’s heart it is very much character focused. We learn the inner workings of Yuu and Touko and even the supporting characters. There are a lot of scenes where the paneling is symbolic and portrays the character’s feelings – like in the very first chapter where Yuu feels distant from her friends and suddenly it seems like she sits a huge distance away from them.

Every scene and conversation between the characters is meaningful, it either moves the plot forward or tells us something about the character. There are no scenes that are just there for the sake of filler.

While I have read some titles that came closer to depicting real lgbtqia+ people and not just chalk their story up to the yuri/shoujo-ai genres, Bloom Into You is the first one I have read that focuses on main characters who fall on the asexual-aromantic spectrum. It lets Yuu and Touko freely explore their feelings and lets them define it for themselves: what they want from a relationship and what love means to them, if anything. And I love that it is not just the main characters who ponder about these things, we also have a self proclaimed aromantic supporting character and several confirmed lesbians.

I love that even if there is drama prevalent in the story, things get resolved in a satisfactory way and the characters actually talk things out between them. There are some heavy topics and characters going through past traumas but it all gets discussed in a healthy way and shows how they can move forward from it. In the first volume there are some scenes where the question of consent comes up but I really appreciate that these times it actually gets addressed and not just glossed over as I have seen in other manga.

If you want to read a great book with aro/ace characters and carefully crafted storytelling I recommend you start reading all eight volumes and then there is also a spin-off lightnovel with one of the supporting characters. (Has three volumes as of now, illustrations done by the same mangaka).

Oh and before I forget, there is also a gorgeous anime adaptation! It is well worth watching but the ending is a bit more open ended in the anime – at the time it was airing the manga was still running so they had to avoid spoiling the manga’s story. And they even adapted the story into a stage play which seems to come full circle with the in-story school play.

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And if you crave more information on Bloom Into You here is a beautifully written article: Bloom Into You and Exploring Asexuality

RWBY: The Official Manga: The Beacon Arc, Vol. 1 by Bunta Kinami

Rating 🌹🌹🌹🌹

Genre: manga, fantasy, magic, adventure

Content warnings: none

Thank you to VIZ Media for providing me an advanced copy in exchange of a honest review.

RWBY is a popular animated series that has been running for over 7 years. The series is an American production by Roosterteeth and works with 3D animation and motion capture. It became so popular that now it has an official japanese dub (with some pretty famous voice actors) and it inspired several manga anthologies, adaptations and even some novels. I have been following the show from the early seasons and I was really excited to be able to read this new manga adaptation!

The manga is a retelling of the first few years of the show, as the subtitle “The Beacon Arc” indicates. We are introduced the main characters and we get some explanations about the world, so if you never watched the show don’t worry.

The first chapter felt a bit rushed, at times it was hard to tell what was happening or where our characters were, there just wasn’t a lot of background environment drawn. I knew where these scenes took place and I knew Ruby was in the store, so it didn’t bother me, but I felt it might be a bit of a confusing start for new people. However, from chapter two the story and the paneling really picks up and I enjoyed the story a lot.

We follow Ruby and her sister Yang as they are headed to their new school, Beacon, and we learn a bit about the world of Remnant, and the monsters that exists there, the Grimms. The Grimms are usually drawn by negative emotions and are a threat to humans so people train to fight them. Our protagonists are future huntsmen and huntresses.

This volume covers our introduction to the two main teams the story will follow, team RWBY (“Ruby”) and JNPR (“Juniper”) and we see how their teams get assigned. The fights and the action scenes are written really well and they are really dynamic. Since the focus is mainly on team RWBY here, I felt that some characters didn’t get a lot of time to shine. Such as, Jaune, one of my all time favorites. He is present yes, but one of his defining moments was cut really short. Originally, he is the one who comes up with a plan to win the fight we see and that is why he gets assigned to his future team, this felt glossed over, with only a short mention. One of his funniest scenes was also cut, where he runs screaming from a monster.

The characters were a lot of fun. Each character uses their personal aura to help them fight, and these manifest in unique ways. Some are granted speed, some gain super strength. Other than this, they all also have their own style of dressing and fighting and have their customized weapons. These are represented well in the manga and I appreciated where we get a little bit of explanation about auras and powers in the story.

The character’s colors, weapons, clothes and names are also fun games. Each character is a reference to something (mostly fairy tale characters, but not always) and their teams are also picked to fit a common theme. It can be fun to try and guess on your own, but the wikia pages also have all the info on these. The team names fit this as well, the acronyms stand for the team members’ initials but also refer to their theme.

Overall, I found this an enjoyable read after the rocky start. The art is great and the pacing is really good once the action starts. I am surprised how little progress we made in terms of the story, but since there was a lot of lore and plenty of characters that needed introduction I can understand that we only got to see the initiation.

I feel like this is a great read if you feel nostalgic about the early RWBY days or if you want to see if the story is something you could be interested in. As this is an introductory volume, it barely hints on the character developments and the complex and engaging story the show has. I will keep an eye out for the next volume, hopefully it will cover more of RWBY’s plot.

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Given Volume 1 by Natsuki Kizu

Rating: ✨✨✨✨✨

Genre: manga, boy’s love, LGBTQIA+, romance, slice of life

Content warnings: suicide mentioned, and while most characters are pretty chill there is a slight homophobia and bad intentioned rumors

Thank you to VIZ Media for providing an advanced copy in exchange of a honest review.

In high school I used to read a lot of yaoi or boy’s love titles. A lot of those were full of bad and harmful tropes, which I only realized as I got older. Nowadays, because of this I have a much higher standard for the genre and I tend to be very picky. So, when I heard about Given getting an anime and that it is a boy’s love title with music I was very wary. Fortunately, Given turned out to be a pretty solid story overall and I was happy with it. When I have seen that the manga is getting an English translation I knew I wanted to read it.

I feel that the story works better in the original manga format because of one main thing: the narration. A lot of the manga’s subtle feelings come through by being able to glimpse into our main characters thoughts and that seems to work much better in the manga than it did in the adaptation.

Our main characters are Mafuyu and Uenoyama. The story starts with a vague glimpse into Mafuyu’s past and then we get to see how these two become friends, by mere chance. Uenoyama likes to take naps during the school day in a remote stairway. One day however he spots another students at his usual spot, Mafuyu, who is taking a nap while hugging a guitar. Mafuyu is seemingly out of it and doesnt talk much, but it turns out he broke the strings on his guitar. Uenoyama, who is actually in a band and plays the guitar, ends up fixing it for him.

Mafuyu is absolutely star-struck and begs Uenoyama to teach him how to play the guitar. Uenoyama refuses, because he doesn’t know this weird kid and has no idea how to teach someone else. As such their unlikely friendship starts. Mafuyu seems really stuck on the idea of Uenoyama teaching him, and Uenoyama can’t get Mafuyu out of his head for some reason. When Uenoyama discovers that Mafuyu has a really great voice he invites him to join their band.

The two spend a lot of time together and grow closer. We learn that Uenoyama used to be really excited about music but he seems to have burned out. There also might be some explanation on why Mafuyu seems to space out a lot and why he talks so little. I really like the flow of the story and how the characters inspire and push each other to change. The side characters are also great at supporting and they have their own things going on in the background as well. Uenoyama’s passion for music reignites thanks to Mafuyu, and Mafuyu in turn takes some steps to recover from a past that haunts him.

Uenoyama and Mafuyu are both branded as kids who are bad at communicating, and when Mafuyu has trouble expressing himself it frustrates Uenoyama. This is understandable but the one thing I didn’t like is that at such moments and the only way he can tell his feelings to Mafuyu is by.. shouting at him. Of course, this is more for a dramatic effect and not used as a way to force him to do anything but it is not the best way to get someone talking. At least the characters speak up that this bad way to communicate and he is told to learn to communicate better so I will expect better progress in this aspect.

As mentioned I really like our supporting characters. First we have two more members in the band, college boys Kaji and Akihiko. They are great mentors to the boys, offering advice on how to pay for their instruments and even life issues. They also seem to have their own romantic crushes and issues going on. The characters are well developed and their interactions with each other propel the story forward.

Then we have our less important side characters who despite their small roles seem to propel the story forward in unexpected ways. We meet some of Uenoyama’s classmates and old friends of Mafuyu and through them we learn about some rumors regarding Mafuyu’s past and a possible ex. While I don’t condone people gossiping about other’s personal issues it is an effective way to have both the readers and Uenoyama learn more about Mafuyu. And I really appreciated the fact that he said nothing about those rumors to Mafuyu, instead he just let Mafuyu open up to him on his own terms.

The art is gorgeous throughout the manga. At the end of the chapters there are character profiles of our main characters. I really appreciate all the thought the mangaka put into the characters defining features, like their face and eye shapes. At the end we even have some funny short stories in 4-koma style.

I like the slow build of the relationships in the story and the relaxed pacing of the story. I enjoyed this volume immensely and I am really looking forward to the next one!

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Whisper Me A Love Song 1 by Eku Takeshima

Rating: 4 of 5 ✨✨✨✨

Genre: manga, girl’s love, LGBTQIA+, romance, slice of life

Content warnings: none

This manga is beautiful! The blurb refers to Bloom Into You, which is only the best written yuri, even lgbtqia+ manga ever, so I knew I had to read this one.

Our story starts simple, Himari is starting a new school and on her first day she and her friend go to the school concert that is held by upperclassmen. At first sight she falls for the vocalist and keeps praising her voice to her friend. Before the school day is over she accidentally bumps into the same girl in the hallway and Himari, blurting out whatever comes to her mind, immediately tells her that she fell in love with her. The upperclassman, Yori, confused, but definetely flattered tells about this to her classmates. As her classmates tease Yori whether the girl is her type she starts to let herself think about dating Himari.

Himari doesn’t waste too much time either, she learns that Yori is often practicing her singing on the rooftop so she coaxes her into letting her join and listen. As Yori confesses that she also fell for Himari at first sight, she realizes Himari fell in love.. with her perfomance, not her per say. She decides this is fine as well and vows to make Himari actually fall for her. As the two navigate this volume and grow closer, the misunderstanding between them clears up slowly and their true feelings come to light.

This was a funny and cute first volume. It was funny how oblivious Himari was, especially of her own confession. And how she managed to confuse literally everyone around her. I am glad though that the misunderstanding was cleared and I cannot wait for the next volume where they work things out between themselves. It was adorable to see these two grow closer and fangirl about cats. I hope for a quicker pace in the next volume, now that things are out in the open. Recommended for anyone who likes to read a sweet, slow paced romance.

While there are similar ideas to Bloom Into You, this manga focuses more on the two main characters and their relationship. The story is more lowkey, there are no big overarching plot points and the supporting characters remain more in the background as well.

All in all this is a very sweet story, recommended if you just want to read something light and fluffy. The art is gorgeous and full of cute blushing girls.

Huge thank you to Kodansha for providing an advanced copy in exchange of a honest review.

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Mob Psycho 100: Reigen by ONE

Huge thank you to Dark Horse Manga and Edelweiss for providing an advanced copy, as a long time fan it is a dream come true to read this volume!

Rating: ✨✨✨✨

Genre: manga, shounen, supernatural

Content warnings: some spooky scary ghosts, death mentioned

This book is a spin-off for the main story Mob Psycho 100. If you don’t know the manga here is a quick rundown. It follows Mob, an average kid with powerful psychic powers on his journey to make friends and try to be his best self. The main thesis of the story is how important kindness is above all else and how the people in our lives can inspire us. There is also a fair amount of ONE’s trademark humor in it.

As I haven’t read the last volume of the main story (and it’s not yet fully published in English) I don’t know exactly how much later Mob Psycho 100: Reigen is set. It contains some spoilers and cameos up to the second anime season (around volume 12 of the manga). It was drawn after the main story wrapped up and you can tell how much ONE has improved.

This story focuses on Mob’s friend, Tome who is in high school now. Tome always bas been a huge enthusiast of anything occult and her old dream was to develop telepathic powers herself. As she moved to high school she decided to put these interests away a bit and focus on socializing instead. Now she has made some friends in school but the truth is, she is utterly bored. They don’t seem to be interested in the same things and she is not that invested in hearing about boys and dating.

The only time she feels alive is at her secret part-time job: she assists at the Spirits & Such consulting office. Her boss is the infamous psychic, Reigen Arataka, who is also Mob’s longtime mentor. Or at least in Tome’s head the job is exciting, the reality is nothing interesting seems to happen when she is around. And Reigen didn’t exactly hire her either, she just keeps popping up at the office on her own accord, waiting for something interesting to happen.

I found this standalone a bit creepy, it had a few unsettling ghost stories. It was a fun dynamic to see headstrong Tome trying to get involved in the psychic world and Reigen trying his best to look out for her so she doesn’t get hurt but refusing to damage her self-esteem himself.

Tome and Reigen’s interactions were funny as the two are rather similar and they can both be very headstrong. It was sweet to see that Reigen cared about her wellbeing above all else.

This was a sweet story and I wholeheartedly recommend to any fan of the series. This volume was more character focused so the main plot wasn’t very complex which was fine for a one-shot. We also got a few cameos from series regulars which added to the enjoyment. There were also some really funny scenes, with the trademark Mob Psycho humor.

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A Sign of Affection, Vol. 1 by Suu Morishita

I just got myself a free Comixology account and it offers 7 days of the “Unlimited membership” (for free). The first two volumes of this series are free to read in Unlimited.

Rating: ✨✨✨✨✨

Genres: manga, shoujo, romance

Content warnings: n/a

First of all, the cover is something gorgeous. It was the main reason I even gave this manga a try, as I am not one who likes shoujo all that much. My main issue with the genre is that I do not care much for insta-love as I like slow builds for romances, where I can actually understand why two characters like each other. It also really annoys me when characters barely know each other but talk about “being in love” or worse, can’t even stand each other personally but I have to believe they are in love. Like, if two people are just horny and attracted to each other please say that, just don’t try to make it seem romantic. Thankfully this book does not fall into this trope.

The art is gorgeous and the pacing is really nice, relaxed. For this particular manga the romance is very dream-like. Our protanoginst, Yuki, is a deaf college girl living a peaceful life, but I guess a rather limited one. She has a few friends in college and likes to use social media. We honestly don’t learn too much about her in this volume. One day on the way home, someone asks her for directions on the train. She tries to signal to the person that she can’t talk to him, but before she can a guy steps in and helps with the directions. They briefly talk, by Yuki typing away on her phone. She recognizes him from school, and is taken by how nice the boy is to her.

Later on we follow her as she tries to make friends with said guy, Itsuomi, and she ponders whether she like likes him or not. The manga is pretty slow paced, there isn’t too much progress made in volume one. They exchange contact, chat a few times. Luckily Yuki’s friend knows where Itsuomi works so they take the chance to chat with him there too. We learn that the guy likes to travel around a lot, and speaks a bunch of languages.

I think this was a fun and relaxing read but at this point I am afraid that this too will fall into insta-love. The two of them don’t talk all that much, but Yuki is romanticising every little minute they spend together. We don’t really learn why the guy is interested in her – is he just interested in learning sign language, is he just this relaxed about making new friends, or is he actually romantically interested in her?

I think this could be a decent love story if they actually spent more time talking and learning about each other. Their interactions are very cute, it just needs a bit more depth. I will look forward to see how things develop in the next volume.

Also, I adore the fact that Yuki’s deafness is a central thing and everyone treats her nicely. The love interest takes time to learn a few signs, we have a long time friend who is implied to only have learned signing for Yuki, other people are also very quick to adapt to her writing her responses in textbooks or on her phone. According to the mangaka she actually has a consultant who uses sign language daily and I really appreciate that effort.

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