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Days on Fes Vol. #01 Manga Review

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The series is an easy-going read while being enjoyable.

Music, fun and friends.

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Kanato Oka
Translation/Adaptation: Ajani Oloye

What They Say
When high schooler Kanade Sora takes her classmate Otoha Yamana to their first rock festival, the experience is greater than they can even imagine. It’s a new life of rocking out!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Otoha reaches out to her friend Kanade to invite her last minute to a rock festival. At first, Kanade turns down, in fact, she does so several times. When Otoha reveals one of Kanade’s favorite bands will be there, Kanade is completely on board. Not only does go to the music festival, but she also finds out how much she loves the scene.

Kanade and Otoha become closer friends, and in a quest to go to a summer rock festival, they work part-time jobs together to earn enough money to go. They also spend time studying and exploring music festival culture, especially fashion.

Otoha’s older brother and cafe owner is also a huge fan of music festivals and specifically likes to camp overnight at them. His sole employee at his cafe, Ritsu, is a soon-to-be college graduate who would rather go to music festivals than try to figure out what his future holds. Gaku, Ritsu, Otoha, and Kanade decided to go to the summer rock festival together with a night of camping included.

In Summary:
I’ve been really enjoying reading what I feel is non-mainstream stories. I think after all these years of reading manga, when something fresh comes along, I find myself really liking it. In this story particularly, it’s because I’ve done my share of going to music festivals and concerts. In fact, I started bringing my daughters when they were still in elementary school. We really loved small local bands, and there are characters in this story that have those very same feelings I had. A relatable story is always a bonus.

Beyond my connection with the story theme, I think this volume was very well presented. Not only did it do an excellent job introducing the four main characters, but it also introduced the reader to what music festivals are like in Japan. The setting has been set, the characters are known, and now, I can’t wait to see where this story goes. The series is an easy-going read while being enjoyable.

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

Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: February 23, 2021
MSRP: $13.00