Kisses on New Year’s Eve.
Story/Art: Karuho Shiina
Translation/Adaptation: Ari Yasuda, HC Language Solutions, Inc.
What They Say
Sawako decides to take the entrance exam for a university in Sapporo, while Kazehaya has chosen to attend university near home. The couple realizes there aren’t that many high school days left—will they move into the future together, or apart?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
It’s Christmas and all the couples are doing well together, except for Yano and Pin. Yano is painfully aware of her feelings for her teacher and the fact that she won’t see him again after graduation. Fate gives them some time together in a chance meeting in the street. While it isn’t a date, both of them are happy until Pin calls Yano a kid.
It’s New Year’s and Chi tells Toru that she’s dating his brother and finally the air is clear between everyone. Meanwhile, Chi tries to get Pin to come with their group to the shrine in the morning, especially for Yano sake. But, most importantly, it’s Sawako’s birthday. She plans to go out with Kazehaya, but the weather becomes so bad that they cannot go visit the shrine and end up back at Kazehaya’s. Sawako is forced to stay overnight at Kazehaya’s due to the weather and Kazehaya’s mother keeps reminding him to keep his hands to himself. However, after a few kisses, Kazehaya gives Sawako a ring for her birthday with the promise to someday give her a real ring with the suggestion of marriage.
It seems like it’s been awhile since I read a volume of this series and it was either way better than I remember, it improved over time or the content has improved. It’s not like it was ever bad, but the sense of enjoyment was high as the majority of characters have sorted out their love lives and are working towards a goal. It’s exciting to see the cast move towards the end of their high school career.
I also checked when the series started in and that was in 2005/2006 with a total of 30 volumes released in Japan. That’s impressive. Certainly, there are more series that have run longer, but this had both an anime and live action movie. It is also extremely adorable and even an old lady like me giggled and enjoyed the story.
Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: B-
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Shojo Beat (Viz Media)
Release Date: January 2, 2018