Story/Art: Karuho Shiina
Translation/Adaptation: Ari Yasuda, HC Language Solutions, Inc.
What They Say
Kazehaya says he’ll support Sawako no matter where she chooses to go to university, but he can’t come to an agreement with his father about his own future. When Kazehaya’s mother faces a medical issue, it’s Sawako’s turn to be supportive. Finally the day comes for Sawako to make her fateful decision…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Sawako is missing Kazehaya and just when she reaches out to him, he reveals that his mom is in the hospital and he is trying to make dinner. Though his mom is doing all right, Sawako brings over dinner much to everyone’s delight. She doesn’t realize it, but Kazehaya’s family is taking a shine to her.
Kazehaya and his father have a heart-to-heart to talk about Kazehaya’s future. Kazehaya remains calm and lets his father speak his mind and he firmly tells his dad that he wants to help out at the story and go to University to be a sports trainer. He’s relieved, but Kazehaya’s father walks away with responding. Kazehaya’s father struggles with this and even consults with Kazehaya’s mom.
Sawako and Kazehaya visit Kazehaya’s mother in the hospital and she encourages Kazehaya to think more about his relationship with his dad. She even reveals that his father has kept everything that Kazehaya has ever given him. When he gets home to peek at his father’s collection, his father catches him and the ice finally breaks between them. His father gives him the okay to go to university, but with the condition he must live on his own and learn to take of himself.
Sawako asks Kazehaya to spend a day with her. They take a day trip far away from home to an amusement park. They enjoy each other for the day without thinking about anything or anyone. At the end of the day, Sawako admits to Kazehaya that she is going to apply for the education college. It was difficult for her to admit, but Kazehaya wishes her good luck from the bottom of his heart.
It’s Christmas, but with exams fast approaching a Christmas party or date doesn’t seem to be in the cards. However, Sawako and Kazehaya decided to have lunch together to celebrate the day the best way they can. It Chizu also finally admits she likes their teacher Mr. Arai. She was desperately trying to hold it in, but all her emotions simply flowed out.
This volume was all about making decisions that are right for both Kazehaya and Sawako, yet at the same time valuing their relationship. There are a lot of milestones in this volume beyond the college decision making ones. Sawako becomes accepted by all of Kazehaya’s family, they are finally comfortable talking to one each other and being physically close, but mostly they are finding themselves and feel secure.
All these large decisions coming to fruition makes me wonder what more is in store for everyone. This manga is ongoing, and though it’s gone on for so long, I am curious to see what college life would be like for Kazehaya and Sawako. I really do hope we get a glimpse into that.
A very sweet, steady shojo read that is never a let down. It’s quite an investment since it’s such a long series, but it will definitely keep your interest.
Content Grade: A-
Art Grade: A
Packaging Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Shojo Beat (Viz Media)
Release Date: September 5th, 2017