Monday, October 24, 2016

Manga Review: Love at Fourteen, Volume 5, by Fuka Mizutani

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: February 2016
Volumes: 6+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 4. 6.

Goodreads Synopsis:

On the heels of the sports festival comes the biggest middle school event yet--the school field trip! But before Kazuki and Kanata can worry about keeping up appearances in Kyoto, they'll have to pass their midterms. Unfortunately, Kazuki's math skills don't stand up to his mature, model-student appearance, so when he finds himself in a mathematical midterm pinch, he asks for a favor from none other than...Shiki-san?!


Even though Kanata and Kazuki pretend as hard as possible to be mature in front of their classmates, sometimes they have to do that with each other, too. As we see when Kazuki is too embarrassed to admit he’s not understanding math, and has to sneak around to get tutoring.
This is adorable, really. And it leads to Kanata going out with Shiki for a day, and Kazuki hanging out with Nagai. I love these odd friendships they’ve all formed. Kazuki and Nagai are real friends, even if they don’t realize it. And I appreciate that Shiki’s crush on Kanata is acknowledged as a real thing, even if Kanata doesn’t know about it.
The class goes on a school trip, and Kanata and Kazuki are forced to help plan it, but luckily they’re in a group together. This causes a lot of fun and adorable moments, like when the two start sneaking pictures at each other. There’s a real moment of emotion, though, when Nagai goes missing and the teacher freaks out when she finally finds him. It’s rather sweet, honestly.
We meet a new character in this volume, who has a crush on a teacher, and see a little more of the pair in unrequited love with other people.
A new volume of this series is always a delight, which is good given it’s going to be a while for the next one.

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