ARC Review: Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 4 by Mika Yamamori

Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 4Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 4 by Mika Yamamori
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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!

Suzume has moved to Tokyo and is living with her uncle. She is trying to get over Mr. Shishio, but they unexpectedly end up going to an aquarium together. Suzume enjoys herself, but Mr. Shishio’s confusing attitude puzzles her.

Suzume, thinking that Tsubomi is back in Shishio’s life, is now trying to move on from her unrequited love. However, things are getting more complicated because Tsubomi is actually leaving, and that sparks a little hope in Suzume’s heart. The fact that Shishio is not maintaining his distance (he is the adult in the situation here, it is his job to enforce boundaries) and while their interactions have a veneer of friendliness, there’s also the fact that Shishio is way too comfortable in this scenario. And you know who is not helping? Tsubomi and Yuyuka! Like, stop encouraging this – Tsubomi especially had joked that Shishio shouldn’t be with teen girls, so I don’t exactly understand why she basically gave her ‘blessing’ before moving out of town. And Yuyuka – look, I know she is herself in love, and so the world is rose-tinted or whatever, but supporting Suzume is not the same as engineering dates between her and an adult guy who is much older that her!

I like the story from Suzume’s perspective a lot – she is growing up, having first love and all the complicated feelings that come with it. The portrayal of that uncertainty is nailed so well by the author. But when it comes to Shishio’s perspective, I am like nope. Aside from these two, the other interaction I loved was Suzume inadvertently landing at Mamura’s house (which reminds me, Suzume, why are you following strange men?) and them being hella awkward. Sorry Yuyuka, I have pinned my hopes on Mamura and Suzume! The other awkward interaction was when Yuyuka and her friends hang out with Mamura and his friends, and she isn’t dressed her best. And all this is done in that beautiful character design and artwork style that I still can’t get enough of. I am kind of worried where this story is going to go at this point, but I am also eager to see some development happening with Mamura *fingers crossed*


Previous books in the Daytime Shooting Star/Hirunaka no Ryuusei series

Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 1 Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 2 Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 3

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Buy links

The Book Depository | Wordery

Releases on January 7, 2020

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