ARC Review: Blue Flag, Vol. 3 by KAITO

Blue Flag, Vol. 3Blue Flag, Vol. 3 by KAITO
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An unexpected love quadrangle with a dash of unrequited love as two classmates, a boy and a girl, begin to fall for each other when each of their best friends have already fallen for them.

It’s the last year of high school, and love is in the air. Romantic feelings that have been building up over years of friendship come to light. When Taichi’s classmate Futaba asks him to help her confess to his best friend, Toma, it sparks the catalyst that begins the sweet and heart-wrenching journey of their third and final year of high school.

After the accident in which Toma broke his leg, Taichi feels quite guilty of being responsible for him getting hurt. Additionally, it also hurt the chances of Toma playing for his school’s team at the qualifiers and well, he feels doubly troubled for letting down his school’s team. And then again, seeing that Toma’s parents had died in car accident due to a kid darting on the road, Taichi just feels awful all around for nearly causing a death, and also about bringing up bad memories. This is also a Taichi-centric book as he reminisces on his childhood friendship with Toma and how he was envious of him, and his own low self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy are swirling within him. Toma tries to reassure him that saving Taichi’s life was more important to him than anything, but Taichi is determined to feel awful about the whole ordeal so Toma asks Futaba to console him; she, too, feels Taichi needs her support more at this time, and goes to console him but a fight between the two makes her re-analyze her feelings for both the boys. Once again, the different aspects of ‘liking’ someone are called into the foreground. There is also some additional drama with that popular girl who likes Toma, and who doesn’t like Taichi’s or Futaba’s presence around him, but what she’ll do about it is yet to be seen.

Is it diverse? gay and lesbian major characters

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media LLC, via Edelweiss.

Previous books in the Blue Flag series

Blue Flag, Vol. 1 Blue Flag, Vol. 2

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Buy links

The Book Depository | Wordery

Releases on August 18, 2020

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