Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Manga Review: Let's Dance a Waltz, Volume 3, by Natsumi Ando

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: August 2015
Volumes: 3.
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 2.
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Amazon Synopsis:

When Hime Makimura was young, her mother told her that she could be like a princess someday. Now that Hime is in middle school, overweight and unpopular, life is a cruel disappointment. Tango Minami is a popular high school boy who hides his job as a ballroom dance instructor to maintain his image. But when Tango's mom urges Tango to take Hime as a student, everything gets turned upside down! Will Tango's classmate find out about his embarrassing job? And will Hime find the self-confidence needed to be like a princess on the ballroom floor?


This is the conclusion to the series. So we get to see what Tango has been hiding, who his old partner was, and Sumire’s feelings are finally revealed.
While I did like the backstory here, and it made a lot of sense given Tango’s stigma of people knowing he dances and Sumire’s feelings for Tango, it was just okay to me. I did like Yusei, though, and was happy with how his feelings for Sumire were realized. He was a sweet guy. And the ending for Tango and Hime was sweet, and I was glad for how they worked out.
But mostly this series was very meh. I didn’t love the characters too much, and Hime’s reactions at the end were a little too over-the-top for me; she ran away too soon. But I did like that Tango didn’t fall for her instantly, at least. I don’t know. It was just okay in the end.

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