Monday, November 9, 2015

Manga Review: Horimiya, Volume 1, by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Volumes: 7+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The springtime of youth bubbles over!!
At first glance, the ultra-popular Hori-san seems like a frivolous high school girl, but in reality, she's plain, pragmatic, and family-oriented. On the other hand, the bespectacled Miyamura-kun comes across as an average, gloomy high school fanboy, but he's actually an attractive young man who has a bad-boy streak and is covered in piercings and tattoos. When these two unexpectedly similar classmates have a random run-in outside of the classroom, a bubbly, sweet tale of school life begins!


I almost didn’t even pick this book up, but now I’m so glad I did. So unbelievably glad.
Hori is a popular girl at school, very stylish and nice. But when she’s at home, all she cares about is taking care of her little brother while her mother is away at work; she cooks and cleans, and doesn’t care about her looks. Miyamura, while at school, looks like an otaku loner, with long hair and a blank face. Outside of school, though, he has multiple piercings and tattoos and is a total sweetheart who wants friends. They’ve never really talked before, but when Miyamura ends up helping Hori’s little brother, they grow close.
Hori is kind of a motherly type around her brother, worrying about sales and making him food. But when at school, she works at keeping her image. When Miyamura sees her, she freaks out. Miyramura, though, is a total sweetheart, worried about getting in trouble at school for his piercings and tattoos. I love him.
Hori’s little brother is a cutie, too, and he instantly likes Miyamura. Aside form him, Hori has a girl friend at school, who doesn’t know anything about her home life. Then Miyamura makes friends with Ishikawa, a guy who has a crush on Hori. It’s surprising how open Miyamura is once he makes friends, and it’s nice to see it happen.
Even though most of this volume was about the friendships developing, there’s a clear romance forming between Hori and Miyamura, and they’re perfect together. This is only the first volume, and I’m already fangirling over it.
I can’t wait for the next volume.

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