Optimistic high schooler Suzume moves to Tokyo and finds her heart caught between two men!
After arriving in Tokyo to live with her uncle, Suzume collapses in a nearby park where she had once seen a shooting star during the day. A handsome stranger brings her to her new home and tells her they’ll meet again. Suzume starts her first day at her new high school sitting next to a boy who blushes furiously at her touch. And her homeroom teacher is none other than the handsome stranger!
This is technically a reread for me but since I read it years ago and barely remember the plot, it is like fresh to me all over again. So, this is a story about a young girl, Suzume, new to the city, and new to the school, adjusting and trying to make friends. On her very first day in Tokyo (where she is to stay with her uncle), she meets a friendly guy, Shishio who ends up saving her when she gets lost. He then turns out to be her uncle’s friend, and also her homeroom teacher. At school, she is nervous about making friends and her first ‘victim’ (trust me, that is how he must think of himself) is Mamura, a shy aloof guy who sits beside her and then she makes friends with the pretty popular girl in class (who surprise surprise is a tsundere type with a backstabbing streak). Shishio helps her out, taking care of her, and being a shoulder to lean on, and she naturally start to feel things. I don’t remember how it plays out, so this should be interesting *nervously*
What I like best about this manga so far is the artwork! The style is so pretty, and I just love how the artist makes their eyes; there are whole expressions conveyed only in their eyes! That, and Shishio is so goddamn good-looking it is basically a treat whenever he steps on the page. (so help me, I can’t resist hipster glasses!) That being said, I still find Mamura adorable, and his interactions with Suzume are hilarious; her internal monologue is even more hilarious, and she is a refreshing character. Definitely shipping these two.
Verdict: pretty art, and interesting set of characters, even if cliche.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media LLC, via Edelweiss.
This edition releases on July 2, 2019