Story/Art: Karuho Shiina
Translation/Adaptation: Ari Yasuda, HC Language Solutions, Inc.
What They Say
It’s finally time for Kazehaya and Sawako to take their exams. On a fateful day that will determine the course of the rest of their lives, Sawako gives Kazehaya chocolates, and then they separate to take their university entrance exams. Meanwhile, Ayane has some good news, and the first person she wants to tell is her teacher, Pin…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
It’s the time for university tests and results. Ayane has already passed, but she struggles with her feelings regarding Pin. It is also Valentine’s Day and after some cheering up from her ex-boyfriend and her friends, Ayane is ready to tell not only did she pass, but that she likes him. She picks up some chocolate and visits Pin at his home. After much confusion, she tells Pin she passed her test and works up the courage to give him the chocolate and confess her feelings. As she expected, he rejects her, but in the nicest possible way and continues to offer his support for her future dreams.
Sawako and Kazehaya have finished their exams and finally, have the chance to see each other. They decide to visit the school and go into the classroom they first met. Now, it’s time for graduation and Sawako says a speech as the school’s valedictorian which takes the reader down memory lane briefly for the story.
This story is so amazingly straightforward that it makes the emotions pop out. Both the art and the storytelling style makes one nostalgic even if it’s not their graduation. It’s also a bit rare for a story to continue to the point that the main couple has already shared their third Valentine’s Day together. It’s such a pure and honest story, it’s impossible not to like. At volume twenty-nine, it’s hard to believe there’s more, but we’ve yet to find out everyone’s test results yet and I’m sure many more goodbyes will need to happen as the friends go their own directions. This is definitely one of those shojo stories that stands the test of time with simply good and solid art coupled with deep characters brimming with youthful emotions.
Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: B+
Packaging Grade: C+
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Shojo Beat (Viz Media)
Release Date: May 1st, 2018