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Sahara Mizu-Sensei doesn't disappoint! I've read several of her works, and she never let's down on a good, sweet story. Best syrup ever.
First story~ though it was beautifully expressed, I was a bit... Well... "Ehhh" about the ending because there was so much momentum of heart-wrenching sweetness between Kanou and Akino then when the final stage is set, it's more comedic than bittersweet. It felt like it just didn't belong. But whatever, the story makes up for it; super cute and heart-warming.
Second Story~ people who know me well should know I'm very much against shounen-ai, shoujo-ai, etc., but really, this story doesn't only depicts homosexual relationships; it represents all of us. One time or another, there's always going to misunderstandings but we have to work through those times, and that's exactly what this story is trying to say.
Third Story~ adorable, and like almost all of Sahara-sensei's works, relatable. We all go through that phase where you feel as though it's just different, but thanks okay because change happens. I liked this story especially because I can connect with the characters. Oh and because there are just so many doki doki moments<3
Fourth Story~ Memorable. It's not your typical love story, and I love atypical love stories. You'll be surprised how the story unfolds and keeping up with the basic theme of the volume, it's unbelievably bittersweet. I can't say it's relatable though, but who cares, I was satisfied and impressed.
A great volume overall. It's not for everyone with it's simple, slow flow, but definitely a must-read for those who enjoy relatable stories that target the heart.
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i don't usually enjoy one-shots as much as long ones, simply cos they, well, are one-shots and don't give me enough time to enjoy the characters long enough.
in this case, i felt the pacing of the stories were jus right(although i would still have loved to see some of the characters go on, hehe.. but no biggie complaints here). And i enjoyed them too, cos they were pretty realistic and reminded me of my younger school uniform days ^_^;; (gosh i sound so old). <_<
The romance here is subtle(keyword here), and not over the top omg only in your dreams -_-|| i find it sweet, as it had the feeling that it can totally happen in real life, somewhere, to someone. im the type who particularly subscribes to the notion that love doesn't have to be showy, but at your own pace, showing to each other you care for them, in little ways and in little things(it is so much harder to maintain such things consistently, rather than jus buying a bouquet of roses that anybody with money can do). Which is probably why the subtlety gets to me.
... Last updated on January 21st, 2013, 11:07pm
things we end up doing..
This certainly gives nice examples of things other people do when they get worked up with emotions that they have towards others that they are interested in.
Funny, interesting, fascinating or heart warming, whatever you may like to define emotions that others would have a hard time pinning down into a clear idea.
Sahara Mizu surely is talented on making readers feel things from such stories..
Original & unforgettable stories drawn & written with such delicate sensitivity! Some sweet & cute, others romantic & then there's bittersweet mixed with feelings of maybe wanting the heart to give way to tears. Perceptive readers would definitely enjoy!
I fell in love with this manga! Oh, gosh, the art is amazing, the stories are heart-warming and well thought out. A definite read, especially the first two stories. Read it!!