The summer vacations were rich with the experiences of Hotaru and Hanoi, especially with the little boy’s journey and the few worries of our heroine with his little sister. But emerging from these little experiences more united than ever, our two lovebirds begin the second semester of the school year, the second that immediately features the arrival of their high school party! Two days of festivities where our young main characters will likely go on to try amazing things, between Hotaru disguised as an adorable bunny that her boyfriend can’t resist in front of him, and Hanoi so elegantly dressed that he pulls every look. Anyway, one thing is for sure: the young couple intends to find a little time to enjoy the party together on the second day. But the teens’ happy prospects are suddenly in danger of being clouded by an important event: when rumors begin to swirl about Professor Hozumi’s future resignation and future marriage, Hotaru and Kyo finally understand who their prejudices are. Impossible from their friend Shibamo. …
It’s rare in the series that this entire new volume is devoted to a specific event, the high school party, a party that will prove rich in many ways. We’ll appreciate the little moments when the secondary characters are memorable, like the little focus around Satomi, his budding love for Yao, and his desire to support him as much as possible in his grief he still can’t forget. But the main turns actually, this time, around the torment of my love taking a new turn with the rumors about Mr. Hozumi, this childhood friend is definitely eight years older than her, yet she has never stopped loving since she was so few that she regularly tried her luck without Feasible, Hozumi at least had the advantage of not taking advantage of her feelings and respecting her even if he had never known how to act with such a demanding friend. Here, Megumi Moreno finally reveals to us, through a few pages of flashback, the origins of this little girl’s enduring love for Hozumi. Origins also explains, in certain respects, her way of being completely independent as she has always stayed true to herself by doing what she wanted, even though some of her “friends” wanted to impose their vision of things on her when she was younger.
It is better to discover Shibamo and his deep feelings that there is definitely something touching under Moreno’s wonderful pen, but his personality inherited from the past is also likely to have another influence, regarding his relationship with Hotaru and Kyo this time: while her two friends are worried about Shibami and want to help her, she refuses. This help, and you do not want to involve it, then draws a line that should not be crossed under the pretext of a different vision of friendship. And that’s exactly where the manga shines the most in this volume: even if it meant setting the main love affair in its series aside for a few dozen pages, it would make great use of the situation to approach the idea of friendship in depth. With great precision and passion. And things seem fairer because the writer also knows how to highlight and elicit evidence of all the evolution that Hotaru and Hinano have gone through since they were together, and between her who has never been so concerned about emotional issues before, and who slowly continues to open up through “sacrificing” his time with Hotaru so she can help her friends and spend time with them.
Rest assured, however: Time for them, Hotaru and Hananoï will really have a little, especially at the rather beautiful end of the volume where they are still a little confident, between reaffirming their feelings with a sweet declaration, and Hotaru’s affirmation that with Hananoï she feels stronger And that she forgets the traumas of the past… But specifically, what would happen if those traumas suddenly reappear? That’s what the mangaka leaves us with, and promises us a solid sequel.
On arrival he presents a very nice volume here, as far as the drawing and narration are concerned, and always as soft as his approach to the characters and to particular themes so well revealed. In her introduction, Megumi Moreno admits that she styled this volume somewhat like the end of the first major part of her series, and that’s really how we feel with the high school party, the developments, and some affirmations.