Translation/Adaptation: Abby Lerkhe
What They Say
Miwa and Saeko have discovered that they are definitely physically compatible. But a gathering of the band clubs for a weekend training retreat is an unexpected threat to their new relationship. Can their blossoming feelings survive each other’s constant company?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The opening volume of this series really delighted me through and through. While I enjoy stories with this combination of characters a lot, what won me over is that it went full dive into being about relationships and sex and feelings rather than just the pursuit of a potential relationship that struggles to have even a single kiss. That kind of storytelling is far more common so this series with great artwork from Tamifull delivered exactly what I was looking for. Relationships are where the real complexity comes in for storytelling and Tamifull figured that out easily with so much to work with here. That they’re both young women adds a few extra elements to it, especially since they’re sort of trying to keep it secret, but it’s the story of the two that draws the most.
The second volume has a lot of different things going on but it never loses sight that at its core it’s about Miwa and Saeko. The two have a really great sexual chemistry to them that carries throughout the book and they both have moments where they’re getting careless in hiding it and being more open, which is going to expose something they’re trying to keep quiet. But they can’t keep their hands off each other and it just keeps building. That said, they’re both still trying to figure out what works for them as Miwa hasn’t been ready to be on the giving end yet, though she’s certainly reveling in the receiving side. I do love that Saeko makes it clear that it’s fine, at least at this point, because she derives such intense and honest pleasure in being able to give to Miwa. Being similar to Saeko myself in this regard, it makes it engaging to have that kind of affinity with both characters over it. They’re a lot of fun to watch in bed, both for the sexytimes and the more intimate moments. They’re definitely talkative there too.
This volume plays with a few different storylines that are drawn out across it with mostly decent results. The focus on Tsuruta trying to get closer to Miwa because of his interest in her is fine but it felt like a lot of this got settled previously and that they could only be friends. But with him being pushy about it and Saeko trying to deal with her jealousies, which go back a long way past her time with Miwa, it’s not easy and she knows she ends up in this push/pull dynamic with Miwa while trying to be better about it. Saeko’s self-awareness is great because even though she has it, it’s still a struggle. Miwa, for her part, worries a lot about Saeko becoming bored with her, both because she’s she and less experienced at this point, and starts to take the push/pull stuff the wrong way until they talk. This has them almost connecting there but they’re both still holding back so misunderstandings continue. At least it’s in favor of more sexytimes until they’re ready to truly talk.
This volume brings us to the camp portion of the club aspect of the series. Honestly, I could do without the club aspect overall still at this point as it doesn’t do much for me, especially since it’s in a band. I’d rather just them dealing with fellow college students and no clubs. The trip does have its fun as we see the two trying to keep their cover a bit, especially rooming with a few others and unable to get down and dirty, but that just makes them more expressive the rest of the time. We do see Miwa starting to make more friends as she takes Saeko’s pulling back the wrong way but it still works and we get some growth here that’s honest and earned. Saeko works through some of her stuff as well, but it’s still the start of the journey. It’s welcome to see the club operate in this environment a bit with their own issues and the like but it serves mostly to offer up a background chapter for Kan and otherwise stick to Miwa and Saeko. Kan’s story isn’t bad but he’s still in the pissed-at-the-world stage which at his age is just eyeroll inducing when you get down to it.
This is a series that I would absolutely love to read as each chapter comes out and write about it. There’s a lot going on in this volume with the character interactions, the camp experience, supporting characters’ stories, and some good old fashioned sex. Though that continues to be one-sided in a sense. The story of Miwa and Saeko is one that can bridge beyond the college life experience and I have hopes for that in the long run but what we get here as they move into the early months of it is really enjoyable as they’re finding out more about themselves and each other while trying to grow and become better people, all while falling more deeply in love.
Content Grade: A
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: December 8th, 2020