Music and longing collide in this ballad of unrequited love!
Nino Arisugawa, a girl who loves to sing, experiences her first heart-wrenching goodbye when her beloved childhood friend, Momo, moves away. And after Nino befriends Yuzu, a music composer, she experiences another sad parting! Both boys promised Nino that they would find her one day through her singing, so she holds on to that hope and continues to reach out with her voice. Now in high school, Nino serendipitously reunites with Yuzu, but she yearns to see Momo again…
This first volume feels more like a prologue than an actual start to the story. It is mostly backstory, about how Nino had a childhood friend Momo, with whom she loved singing all the time. When his family moves away, she is left without a friend, but is consoled by another kid Yuzu, who loves to compose music; ultimately, though, he too leaves without a goodbye, and she is left hoping that one day she will see them again. Cut to her in high school, she comes across the struggling pop music club that Yuzu is a part of, but he is rude to her now, saying that she should not speak to him. Meanwhile, there is a pop group sensation that is obviously the pop music club members who she is a fan of.
The story has a lot going for it already, even in this first volume, so I am excited to see where this goes. There’s love triangles in abundance, so it already promises drama. The way music is presented as a way for Nino to feel right with herself is a fantastic arc to go for her character, and her being involved with the music band seems inevitable, but I am more interested in seeing how the dynamic between her, Yuzu and Momo plays out with respect to the music. Will they be partners? Rivals? I am invested! The artwork is okay, I guess (I was never a fan of the ‘huge eyes’ style) and I am loving the design for the outfits.
Verdict: interested, but this first volume was more backstory than plot.