Monday, January 26, 2015

Manga Review: Love at Fourteen, Volume 1, by Fuka Mizutani

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: December 16, 2014
Volumes: 4+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Middle schoolers Kanata Tanaka and Kazuki Yoshikawa are mature beyond their years, perfect model students admired from afar by classmates and teachers alike. But when school's out, these two childhood friends can let loose as average fourteen-year-olds, fresh in the throes of puberty, adolescence...and the persistent, bittersweet pangs of first love.


I wasn’t too sure what to expect when I started this—mainly how mature it would be, or how cute it would be. I was sure it would be good, though, and it was.
Kanata and Kazuki are mature for their age, and they put on a more conservative and serene air when at school with their classmates. When together, they’re themselves, more goofy and relaxed. And slowly falling for each other.
This makes it increasingly hard for them to figure out how to act, having the two worlds intersect, mixing things up in their heads.
There’s a lot of cute scenes here, how they don’t react in class, but then comment later together. Like when Kanata’s hair is done during class, and later Kazuki gives her a surprise kiss on the neck before fleeing. Or during art class, when Kazuki volunteers Kanata to model so she won’t have to draw, only to blush as he realizes he has to then draw and stare at her.
We also meet a classmate who catches them, and teases and blankmails Kazuki, only for the tables to later be turned on him.
This is a very cute, pretty vanilla volume. It was charming and subtle and thoughtful. I really enjoyed it, and look forward to the next one.

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