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Hatsu Haru, Vol. 1

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To say the art is good would be akin to me calling the first mango you bite into when summer starts satisfying. Yes it’s good, but it’s so much more than just clean, elegant lines or cute fluffy hairstyles! The expressions, the actions and gestures, the uniqueness of each character’s looks and how they correspond with their character traits and the laugh-out-loud reactions that Takanashi constantly bombards our hapless Kai with cement this title’s place in the archives under top ten shoujo titles you can read for the art alone. Hatsu Haru is a shining jewel in the treasure chest of shoujo romances in a school setting. Though I’m possibly getting a bit ahead of myself given its newness (the first chapter released nary 10 days ago) I cannot help but be drawn to its novelty, its gaiety and its overall awesome-sauce-ness! I like the first third of the manga since it focuses on the two main protagonists, but after that the flow of the story is all over the place. The author just shoves the two other couples (Kiyo+Miki and Tarou+Kagura) into the story whenever it seems convenient. It is annoying that they are usually abruptly thrown in and removed here and there whenever the plot needs them. So after twelve volumes of playing things this way, it would be volume thirteen that decides to throw in the rustiest wrench in all shoujo: the sudden need for one half of the couple to move away. It's a groan-worthy moment in the story, largely because creator Shizuki Fujisawa has done such a good job The majority of this volume is devoted to the fact that Riko's mother is being transferred to Nagoya and that Riko (and her mother) have to decide whether or not she's going to go with. While this may not feel like anything exciting or revolutionary, what it does is force both the reader and the characters to rethink the way we've been seeing the characters. Riko, despite spending most of her time at home alone, is still a child, and just because she rarely saw her mother around the house didn't mean that she wasn't comforted by the fact that her mother was nearby. Her mom, meanwhile, is aware of the fact that Riko has a boyfriend and a friend group that she'll have to leave, and she's not fully confident that she ought to be uprooting her, especially since all of this would seem to indicate that Riko perhaps needs her peers more than her mother at this stage of her life. Kai, coming from a close family, isn't sure what to think – a piece of him feels that he could take better care of Riko than her mom at this point, and he has to come to understand that not only is the decision Riko's, but that as a high school second-year, he may not really be in the best position to offer her what she needs.

Hatsu*Haru, Vol. 13 | Manga | Yen Press Hatsu*Haru, Vol. 13 | Manga | Yen Press

Oct 28 NBA Star Rui Hachimura Gets Animated and Possibly Saves the World in New Crayon Shin-chan Episode The story revolves around our male main lead, Ichinose Kai, as he maneuvers his way into wooing our female main lead, Takanashi Riko. The story is in the perspective of Kai, the school's resident player! Incidentally, this "womanizer" falls for Riko who happens to be our unpopular tomboy. While the story maintains a fresh take on the popular guy-tomboy girl cliche: the drama, the misunderstandings or side plots can be a bit mundane and draggy at times. Kai and Riko definitely score points on the level of cuteness they exude from each other though! His First Child Japanese Voice Actress, Akemi Okamura, also voiced Nami and Ann in One Piece, Bearmon in Digimon Frontier, Fio Piccolo in Porco Rosso, Bomber Girls Pretty Cure in Happiness Charge Pretty Cure!, Fievel Mousekewitz in An American Tail, Cindy Vortex in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Florinda Showers in Pokémon, and Foop in Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star. Oct 25 Yearning Teens, Frustrated Romance, Pretty Skies — Is There Anything Else to Makoto Shinkai?

The characters really carry the story for me. This manga is definitely a play on cliches, but the author really cares about her characters and gives them the development they deserve! Kai maturing throughout the story warmed my heart, and watching him squeal over Riko made me squeal in return! I also enjoyed some of the side characters and their own romance adventure (in fact, I probably shipped one side pair MORE than the main couple. Hint hint: bestie x cameragirl is a win for me)! However, I did find myself not caring for some other characters and skimming through their arcs. Overall, most of the characters were a hit for me!

Hatsu*Haru Series by Shizuki Fujisawa - Goodreads

While it feels good to see the characters show their affection for each other, there isn't much realism in the drama to see them through a broader perspective. Problems are solved with some light drama, but without much difficulty. His Second Japanese Voice Actor, Makoto Furukawa, also voiced Lei Bin in the Dynasty Warriors series, Yūjin Ōzora in Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters, Ares in Warriors Orochi, Seiji Shishikura in My Hero Academia, Saitama in One Punch Man, Taiju Oki in Dr. Stone, Yoshitora Tokugawa in Samurai Shodown V, Miyuki Shirogane in Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Benimaru in That Time I Got Reincarnated As a Slime, Achilles in Fate/Apocrypha, and Creek in Trolls.PS I don't want to spoil anything for folks since it's just one chapter out, but the straightforwardness of the two leads, the humor in the dialogues and the amusing direction of the story are not to be missed! You'll love how this heroine isn't over the top in any regard, but puts the hero and his inflated sense of princely self into his place over and over! The pairings of tomboyish Riko Takanashi + the sentimental Kai Ichinose and the silent Misaki Takaya + the ebullient Ayumi Shimura are lovable as they learn more about themselves and their loved ones. This manga maybe is more known than the rest, I think, but I see why it is recommended. First of all, I affirm right now thatIchinose is the sweetest thing in the universe when it blushes like a tomato. I'm sorry, it's important to clarify that point.

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