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One Week Friends Vol. #04 Manga Review

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I struggled why I did or didn’t like this manga as much as I think I should


Creative Staff:
Story/Art: Matcha Hazuki
Translation/Adaptation: Amanda Haley
Lettering: Bianca Pistillo

What They Say:
Even though Kaori’s memories are washed away each week, it was clear that Yuuki remained tucked away somewhere in her heart…at least, that’s how it felt before. Having Kaori treat him like she did the very first time they spoke is painful, but Yuuki isn’t willing to give up their one-week friendship—even if it means confronting Kaori’s childhood friend Hajime. Meanwhile, when Saki demands that Shougo own up to her own reliance on others, things might start to change between the two of them…

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
It’s been a while since I read this manga, but every page brings me back like Fujimiya’s memory every morning. It helps that this is the second iteration I’ve read of this story, the first being the anime. I don’t remember if the anime got this far though—I don’t think it did?—so maybe I’m not as Fujimiya-esque as I originally thought.

This volume brings in full this new character, Kujou, who’s kind of screwed up everything that’s been built between Hase and Fujimiya. It’s not intentional, but he’s not really sympathetic to their plights either. Not that he knows the situation either, which doesn’t help matters. But to lose your memories at the end of each week is, uh, a weird opening line to friendship. It’s only worked by the cuteness and charm of Hazuki’s storytelling.

But Kujou knew Fujimiya in elementary school, where she was once popular and surrounded by friends. And it seems the cause of her memory loss may be connected to something he did, whether intentionally or unintentionally is yet to be seen. But the insidiousness of girls that age infatuated with a cute boy could be at the root of everything here.

Fujimiya seems like a naturally outgoing girl, so it must be rough for her to feel like she has to keep herself cooped up within, just because she doesn’t want to be hurt by not knowing. In fact, it may be because she’s so outgoing that those feelings of hurt are exacerbated. It’s only Hase’s kindness that’s begun that road to healing for her, and for him to some extent. Though he seems more a static character than Fujimiya, seemingly the only dynamic character in this story.

In Summary:
I struggled with why I did or didn’t like this manga as much as I think I should based solely on how cute I remember the anime being. But it comes down to the last sentence in the review proper: Fujimiya is seemingly the only dynamic character. There are a few things that Hazuki has done with Yamagishi, for example, but the boys at least are…static. It doesn’t make for a great manga, but it does make for a cute and comforting read. And sometimes that’s all you want, or need.

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

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: September 18, 2018
MSRP: $15.00

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