Manga Monday: Koko Debut by Kazune Kawahara

I know its been a while since I posted anything. So here it goes !!!

 

Koko Debut by Kazune Kawahara

Rating :★★★★★

When Haruna Nagashima was in junior high her life consisted of playing softball and reading comics. But now that she’s going to high school, Haruna decides to put all of her energy towards getting a boyfriend and having the high school romance of a lifetime. To help in her quest, she enlists cute upperclassman Yoh Komiyama to coach her as she eschews her jock tendencies and turns herself into the kind of girl who can catch a guy. Yoh agrees, with one catch: Haruna had better not fall for him!

 

 

The Review

I usually find some of the high school shojo manga annoying but I surprisingly enjoyed this one. I mostly think it was Haruna-san that made it fun.
Haruna in the past played softball and was more of a tomboy but now in high school she is determined to be more girly, have a boyfriend and some romance, you know! the usual. But everything she is trying is just not working out until she stumbles in front of Yoh who she thinks is so cool and then she does the unthinkable and asks him to be her coach. Then starts the fun of this really sweet story.

What did I think? I really loved this story. I enjoyed the pace of the story, although there were bits in the story that I didn’t think was needed. Haruna was just fun to read, her innocence was just so cute but also a bit annoying. I didn’t really like Yoh’s sister she was a bit too self-centered then again a lot of people I know are like that. I didn’t like that she (Yoh’s sister) took advantage of her innocence in some situations, but I also like that Haruna never took any of it to heart. I like watching how Haruna grows through the story and also how the different relationships and romance blossoms throughout the story.
It was a fun and entertaining story and compared to some other Shoujo this one was relatively short and sweet.

 

Manga Mondays: Ao Haru ride by Io Sakisaka

Welcome to something new that I am venturing into. … Manga!!! I should have been more prepared with a banner and a massive announcement, but I am a bit impulsive and I want to get on with it before I lose interest in doing this.

I never thought I would Like manga but there you have it, I am hooked and I don’t think I will be stopping anytime soon. So feel free to recommend other manga titles you think would be great and if not let just fangirl about being an otaku. So here is my first review.

Ao Haru Ride by Io Sakisaka

Rating :★★★★★

Futaba Yoshioka has a few reasons why she wants to “reset” her image and life as a new high school student. Because she’s cute, she was ostracized by her female friends in junior high, and because of a misunderstanding, she couldn’t get her feeling across to the only boy she has ever liked, Tanaka-kun.
Now in high school, she is determined to be as unladylike as possible so that her friends won’t be jealous of her. While living her life this way contentedly, she meets Tanaka-kun again, but he now goes under the name of Kou Mabuchi. He tells her that he felt the same way as she did when they were younger, but now that is the thing of the past. Will Futaba be able to continue her love that never even started from three years ago?

 

The Review

Before I start I just want to mention that I had not heard anything about this manga. I sort of stumbled on it and thought it would be nice to read and for that, I couldn’t agree more.
The story mostly focuses on Futaba who tries to fit in with the other girls in school so that she is not an outcast. And that’s when she meets Tanaka-kun. They form some sort of relationship and plan to meet up but on that day Tanaka-kun doesn’t show up.
Futaba can’t understand why or what has happened but she never saw Tanaka-kun again.
fast forward a couple of years, Futaba is starting a new grade and is trying to still be more likable when she spots someone she thinks recognizes, she realizes its Tanakakun, but he seems very different and he wants to now be called Mabuchi. Will Futaba be able to still get close to the version of Kou?
Ok, that was a weird summary, This is my very first manga review so bear with me I will get better with time.
I really enjoyed reading this manga and loved seeing how Futaba’s character grew and how she made the decision to be her own person regardless of the friends she was trying to make. The manga also looks at dealing with grief, which can be a damper of a subject but its very real. Some people go through massive transformations and changes when things like that happen and they don’t have people who care enough to help steer them along.
It was also a funny read, with lots of unrequited love. If there is anything I like from reading shoujo, it is that you should not be afraid to let that person you like/love know how you feel. What’s the worst that could happen?
Anyway a really fun read, highly recommended.

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