“Lost in Thought and Realization”
Story/Art: Nene Yukimori
Translation: Amanda Haley
What They Say
You can’t be invisible when the heroine has her eyes on you!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
As the series rolls on, still without a huge chunk of chapters as Viz Media started this later in its run this property from Nene Yukimori continues to prove itself to be an entirely accessible work as I was able to pick up this in the early 80s range of chapters and enjoy it easily enough. The series is one that works through some familiar kinds of material here for a high school romance with a bit of comedy and that helps as you just have to get a handle on the way the characters interact with each other. Yet Yukimori’s a solid artist with good designs for the characters that feel their own so that it’s not just a carbon copy of something else and they make the locations work in their favor, though there are some slim panels as you’d expect.
The series enters a phase that’s going to be frustrating to a lot of fans, especially after all the progress that we’ve made recently. Shiraishi has definitely grown as a person since Kubo came into his life and he’s fully aware of that and just how big of an impact it was. He’s been developing feelings for her but not quite aware of what those feelings are at this point. With the way he’s viewing events that just happened and that Kubo is interested in someone and realizing that they are friends, he’s trying to figure out why that hurts so much. And that definitely makes for a rough night for him at first with little sleep as he tries to grapple with it while not understanding it. You almost wish he read a bit more manga or watched more dramas to realize that he’s actually in one and become a little self-aware for some confidence.
Where it becomes a problem is when the two do get together the next day to walk to school she realizes just how bad off he is from the lack of sleep. It doesn’t make him more invisible or anything but he’s definitely visibly doing bad and that worries her. Even worse, when the two do start working, he’s so distracted by the whole thing in his head that he’s not even really walking with her, getting further ahead and not hearing her when she’s talking. That’ll raise concerns on her part but it’s all mostly painted from Shiraishi’s point of view and you just want to shake him to wake up and be in the moment. But he is completely the kind of person that will be very much in his head more than anything else and this is what happens because of it.
After all the fun that we’ve had recently, we knew this kind of turn was going to be coming with the series. It has to put them through a little more drama before it can actually reveal anything as to how they really feel or for Shiraishi to grasp what he’s feeling. This is certainly a frustrating chapter, even if expected, as you just want them to get to that next place and start exploring it but I’m also cognizant that a lot of manga simply doesn’t operate like that. Fingers crossed we get to it sooner than later here.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: B
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Shonen Jump
Release Date: June 20th, 2022