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Takane & Hana Vol. #13 Manga Review

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It’s official – Takane and Hana are a couple!

A brand-new relationship.

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Yuki Shiwasu
Translation: JN Productions
Adaptation: Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane

What They Say
While Hana contemplates whether or not to take Rino’s advice on matters of the heart, Takane and Okamon duke it out to determine who’s better suited for Hana! With everything on the line, who will ultimately win in this no-holds-barred love showdown?

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Rino and Hana spend the day together while Takane and Okamon battle it at conveyor belt sushi. Okamon backs down and Takane is valiantly the winner, but not only in the number of sushi eaten. Okamon concedes and tells Takane the truth that Hana and he are not dating. Hana decides to be true to herself and stops running away, but when she does so, she finds Takane on the floor with a stomach. It’s here that Takane tells her for the first time exactly how he feels and that he wants her to be with him. This washes away all of Hana’s insecurities, and finally, their feelings are mutual.

Though they are on the same page, Hana and Takane need to speak to Hana’s family first, since her father was against the relationship just recently. Takane agrees to let Hana talk to her dad about it first, but when she tells him that she has something to talk about, her dad seems to be avoiding her. Turns out her dad and the rest of the family actually overheard them talking the night before and already knew everything. With Hana’s family approval, it’s onto getting Takane’s grandfather’s blessing. But first, an official first date is in order, and of course, nothing goes right. Even when they take a family trip to Okinawa, it’s never smooth sailing for the new couple.

In Summary:
It’s official – Takane and Hana are a couple. How exactly do I feel about this? It’s quite adorable that’s for sure. The fact that Hana is only sixteen years old and Takane is ten years older than her, hasn’t changed though. The couple is doing all the right things by getting permission from Hana’s family including a reminder from Hana’s mom to Takane that he needs to act responsibly since Hana is still in high school. Takane is seemingly heeding Hana’s mom’s advice, but the realist in me is saying this is still a bit of a stretch. The other part of me knows this is fiction and not real at all and is actually done in really good taste considering the huge age gap. It really comes across that Takane treasures Hana, and that she is actually the more aggressive one of the two. Overall, I still really enjoy this rom-com manga, and look forward to more of Takane and Hana’s adventures.

Also, I found out there is a short live-action drama, so if you’re loving this manga, there’s, even more, to dive into.

Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: B+
Packaging Grade: C+
Text/Translation Grade: A

Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Shojo Beat (Viz Media)
Release Date: February 3rd, 2020
MSRP: $9.99

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