Sunday, February 28, 2016

Manga Review: Citrus, Volume 1, by Saburouta

Rating (Out of 5): ~3-3.5
Publisher: Seven Seas
Release Date: December 2014
Volumes: 4+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Citrus is an all-new yuri manga series that offers a bittersweet love story coupled with gorgeous artwork. Fans of Morinaga Milk’s Girl Friends will find themselves enthralled with Citrus’s unique blend of comedy, melodrama, and secret desire between girls.

Aihara Yuzu, a high school girl whose main interests are fashion, friends, and having fun, is about to get a reality check. Due to her mom's remarriage, Yuzu has transferred to a new, all-girls school that is extremely strict. Her real education is about to begin.

From day one, happy-go-lucky Yuzu makes enemies, namely the beautiful yet stern student council president Mei. So what happens when a dejected Yuzu returns home and discovers the shock of her life: that Mei is actually her new step-sister who has come to live with her? Even more surprising, when Mei catches Yuzu off guard and kisses her out of the blue, what does it all mean?


I expected something a little more typical, I think. Although, I don’t know, I suppose I don’t read enough yuri to really know what’s typical.
Aihara is being forced to move and transfer to a new school, because her mother is getting married. And in this change, she gets a step-sister, Mei, who for some reason pushes her in interesting ways.
Aihara is stubborn and brash and rebellious. And surprisingly shy and embarrassed around Mei, even if she’s pushy and curious and finding out that she might actually like her. She’s a bit high-strung, but she does have a good heart in her.
Mei, on the other hand, is standoffish, strict. She seems more beaten down, doing what she’s told instead of what she wants, to me. She doesn’t seem to feel much, and she lets others do what they want with her. But for some reason, she’s attracted to Aihara. Or at least Aihara is attracted to her, and wants to do something about it. 
I wasn’t expecting the direction that Mei’s feelings went, or the complications with her and her family. I also wasn’t expecting this much conflict about the attraction from both parties. It has me intrigued to see where the story goes from here.

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