Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Manga Review: Say I Love You., Volume 4 + 5, by Kanae Hazuki

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: October 14, 2014; December 30, 2014
Volumes: 13+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3. 6.

Goodreads (4, 5) Synopsis:

Mei Tachibana has spent her 16 years without making either boyfriend or friends. One day, she drop-kicks a popular boy in school, Yamato Kurosawa, because of a misunderstanding but for some reason it seems that he takes a liking to her and one-sidedly claims that they’re friends. Furthermore, he not only protects Mei from a stalker, he does it with a kiss…?!!


Volume 4:
This volume continues the Megumi plot, with her making friends with everyone, continuing to bring Yamato to model with her. This does new things to Mei, makes her do surprising things. This is a test to Yamato and her, and it’s not over.
We meet an old friend of Yamato’s, Kai, who Mei inadvertently meets first. He’s a nice guy, but he’s also still hurting from the bullying he went through in middle school. This is a nice contradiction to Mei, who has gone through bullying before, but has a different perspective on it. 
I don’t think I have too much to say about this volume. I really enjoyed it, of course. I can’t wait for the next volume, for Megumi’s plot to conclude. I like Kai, and look forward to seeing more of him. I know there’s still a lot left to come, and I can’t wait for it.


Volume 5:

At this point, I don’t really have much to say about this series.
I think it’s super good, sweet and thoughtful, and mature shojo.
I love it.
The development with Kai is really good; I like his friendship with Yamato, even if it’s complicated, and with Mei, even if I’m not a fan of romance between them. Megumi is causing more and more drama for Mei and Yamato, and Yamato is being dumb about it. There is clearly more drama to come between these four. I look forward to it resolving, and am interested to see what comes after it. But even through it all, everyone is growing and learning, and that’s important. 
Overall, I just really like this series. Everything about it. And it is always at the top of my list to pick up.

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