Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Successful career woman Asuka Takanashi has an old-fashioned dream of getting married and becoming a housewife. After her long-term boyfriend breaks up with her to pursue his own career goals, she encounters Ryu Nanami, the popular newscaster at PTV. Asuka and Ryu get along well, but the last thing he wants is to ever get married. This levelheaded pair who want the opposite things in life should never get involved, except...
Josei books tend to be a hit or miss for me, but I’m always hopeful. This one turned out surprising in how much I enjoyed it.
Asuka is a successful business woman, but all she wants is to get married and be a homemaker. It’s her dream, but most people don’t understand that anymore. Ryu, on the other hand, doesn’t want to be in a relationship, he in fact never wants to get married.
We get both perspectives here, and I like how understanding both of them are. Ryu isn’t some domineering alpha, he’s genuinely a nice guy and a hard worker, and even though he wants the opposite of Asuka, he never puts down her wants and even understands her dreams.
They’re both very likeable characters, and it’s clear that their friendship forms fast and honest. They have a nice first meeting, and then keep running into each other. They have nice meetings afterward, they defend each other even when they have disagreements, and they keep going back to hang out.
Much like their friends, in the same position as them and just starting to date, they decide to give it a try. There’s no over exaggerating at the littlest touch, and it’s sweet when they do kiss.
I was really impressed with this volume, it was relatable and enjoyable. I’m really looking forward to the next one.
A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!