Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Manga Review: Say I Love You, Volume 9, by Kanae Hazuki

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: August 2015
Volumes: 15+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 8. 10.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Mei Tachibana has no friends-and she doesn't need them! Ever since her "friends" betrayed her in elementary school, she's sworn off friendship entirely. All it leads to is betrayal and heartbreak, and she's well enough on her own. But everything changes when she accidentally roundhouse kicks the most popular boy in school! However, Yamato Kurosawa isn't angry in the slightest-in fact, he thinks his ordinary life could use an unusual girl like Mei! He won't take no for an answer, and soon Mei and Yamato embark on an unwanted friendship that will change both of them forever.Praise for the anime: "Surprises with its honesty, its sensitivity, its quality. Always it is smarter, more poetic, more touching, just plain better than you think it is going to be." -Anime News Network


This volume has Megumi and Yamato going on their date. It sounds like it should be more dramatic for Mei than it was—and it was hard for her, true, but it’s also hard to Megumi. Because she has to face that Yamato really doesn’t see her like that. He loves Mei. And the end to that chapter, where he goes to see her after the date, really shows that. To us, to Megumi, and to Mei.
After that, we get see Yamato’s brother, Daichi, and what’s going on in his life. And how he’s stuck on a past girlfriend, but his hair-styling assistant is stuck on him. It covers most of the book, and it’s a sweet side character story. Mei has an impact on both of them, but mostly Daichi needs to step forward and Kyoko has to build some confidence.
I know some people like more attention on the main couple in series—and I do love that, as well—but I also really enjoy seeing the side characters get their own stories. I’m happy to see what’s happening with Daichi.

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